Declaring Human Biology
You, the faculty adviser, are the final step of the declaration process. When a student comes to see you for the first time, be sure to:
1. Ask the student to express to you his or her academic goals
2. Look over the gold Course of Study form and the written Proposal which are both included in the student’s file.
3. Suggest appropriate Foundation courses.
4. Encourage depth and rigor in the Area of Concentration. Suggest courses the student might not have considered.
5. If you are satisfied by the intellectual integrity of the proposed Course of Study, you are ready to sign it.
6. Conduct a preliminary discussion about the Internship requirement. Suggest possible Internship opportunities that you know of and recommend the Internship Faire.
7. The student must next go to Hum Bio with his/her folder containing the signed paperwork and proposal to declare Hum Bio as their official major.
1. Help the student to decide what his/her goals are for the internship experience.
(The student needs to have completed the Core and be declared before they undertake their internship.)
2. Discuss options available for internships. (The student needs to initiate the Internship no later than Fall of their Senior Year.)
3. When the student has filled out the Human Biology Internship Proposal, review the description of the proposed project and give it an approval signature.
4. The student is required to participate in one of the quarterly internship poster presentations – Faculty Advisors are invited to attend.
Each year after declaring, students are required to meet with their advisor so that you can assess their progress in the major. Examine any changes that were approved by the Student Advisers and sign the Course of Study sheet (and any attached "course drop/replace petition") if you approve. Please do not sign these forms for the changes if a Student Adviser has not approved (signed off) on them. A new proposal must be written if the student changes more than one course in his/her Area of Concentration.
Students will typically seek advice about honors research, career ideas and other general advising issues.
1) One student adviser will serve as your liaison with the Student Advisers throughout the year. Your liaison will gladly organize functions for you and your advisees including lunches, etc.
2) SAs and the Focus Assistants at the Human Biology Theme House (Storey) also organize other events: (Internship Faire, Beyond Human Biology, Declaration Workshops, etc.) which you are encouraged to attend.
3) Please feel free to send suggestions about any aspect of the Human Biology Program to your liaison.
4) Students may ask you for a letter of recommendation. You should be frank about whether you feel you know the student well enough to write a letter.