Primary and Secondary Faculty Advisors
The primary advisor works closely with the Senior Fellow throughout the Fellowship year and is responsible for oversight of the student and the project, coordination among any secondary advisors and/or consultants, and ensuring compliance with deadlines and requirements of the program.
The secondary advisor works with the Senior Fellow throughout the Fellowship year in collaboration with the primary advisor.
Primary and secondary advisors should carefully consider the level of involvement required. Faculty who are unable to commit the time and resources to the Senior Fellow or who have serious doubts about the project or the Fellow’s ability to complete the project should inform the applicant early in the process and not agree to advise the project.
Primary and secondary advisors should address the following:
- What is the basis and length of your acquaintance with the applicant?
- How long has the student been working with you on the preparation for his/her Senior Fellowship project?
- What is your evaluation of the feasibility and quality of the proposed project?
- Does the student have the academic background for this project?
- Do you anticipate any challenges the student may face in completing this project?
- What is your sense of the student's ability to complete the project successfully (e.g. ability to work independently, set and meet deadlines, accept and incorporate feedback)?
- Could this project be completed as an honors thesis instead of a Senior Fellowship?
- Why would a Senior Fellowship be a better way for the applicant to spend senior year than taking courses in the existing curriculum?
- What role will you play in the project?
- Will the student need input from other faculty during the fellowship year, and if so, do you know at this point which individuals or departments will be involved?