Ph.D. Advising and Placement


Each incoming Ph.D. student is assigned a first-year advisor. The aim in assigning first-year advisors is to make the best match possible between students’ and faculty members’ research interests. Sometimes, students (and faculty) may desire to change the advising relationship as students’ interests evolve. 

Students are encouraged to create advisory committees and consult with them. Developing the advisory committee helps the student build toward the 5-person committee required for advancement.  We recommend including at least 2 UPPP faculty on your advisory committee in the 1st year and adding 1 additional faculty member each year. Students are encouraged to convene and meet with their faculty advisory committee to discuss program and career objectives at least once a year.

Students are required to have an Independent Development Plan (IDP) meeting annually.  Students have the option to include more faculty, but are required to meet with at least their chair or co-chairs in the 1st year and with at least 2 faculty in subsequent years until they advance.  Students who have advanced need only meet with their chair or co-chairs.

o   1st year students will have IDP meetings in May.
o   2nd year students will have IDP meetings in April.
o   3rd year students will have IDP meetings in March.
o   4th year and beyond students will have IDP meetings in February.

Review the School of Social Ecology Graduate Services site’s Academic Services and Campus Resources pages for additional school and campus resources - academic, professional, and personal - that are available to graduate students.


The program has a strong placement record. Depending on their interests, students prepare for jobs in academia, government, research institutions, and a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations.

You can view professional placement information for our graduates on the School of Social Ecology Ph.D. Alumni Table. (Filter the list by Program using the drop-downs at the top of the page.)

UPPP Alumni Profiles

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