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Graduate Student Orientation Electrical & Computer Engineering Auburn University Orientation Overview Important People in the Life of an ECE Graduate Student Other important notes for ECE Graduate Students Your research advisor Identify an advisor as soon as possible

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graduate student orientation

Graduate Student Orientation

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Auburn University

orientation overview
Orientation Overview
  • Important People in the Life of an ECE Graduate Student
  • Other important notes for ECE Graduate Students
your research advisor
Your research advisor
  • Identify an advisor as soon as possible
  • Develop and submit a Plan of Study
    • by end of 1st semester (Master’s)
    • by end of 2nd semester (Ph.D)
  • Meet regularly and often to make good progress.
teaching supervisor gtas
Teaching supervisor (GTAs)
  • Meet your supervisor
    • immediately to get specific responsibilities.
    • regularly and promptly thereafter.
  • Laboratory grades are due before final exams.
  • Course grades are due as indicated on the final exam schedule.
prof victor nelson
Prof. Victor Nelson
  • Graduate Coordinator
  • Admission and academic issues
  • e-mail:
  • office: BR 305
prof john hung
Prof. John Hung
  • Laboratory Chairman
  • GTA assignments
    • Only on-line applications accepted
      • Go to ECE department website
  • e-mail:
  • office: BR 213
ms joann loden
Ms. JoAnn Loden
  • Course registration & guidance
  • RA and TA appointment administration
  • e-mail:
  • office: BR 229
dr william flick
Dr. William Flick
  • International Students
    • Test of Spoken English (TSE)
    • ENGL 1820 “Classroom Communication Skills …”
  • e-mail:
  • phone: 844-2122
  • Usually, phone interview comes first.
ms shelia collis
Ms. Shelia Collis
  • Paychecks
  • Day-to-day needs
  • Check your mailbox daily!
  • Personal use of copiers requires access code.
  • e-mail:
  • office: BR 200
ms lavonne howard
Ms. Lavonne Howard
  • Building keys
  • Packing slips and invoices
    • Sign, date, and submit promptly.
  • Telephones and copiers are for professional activities only.
  • e-mail:
  • office: BR 202
ms linda barresi
Ms. Linda Barresi
  • Laboratory equipment issues
    • Report problems promptly, especially in teaching laboratories
  • Building issues
  • e-mail:
  • office: BR 257
notes for ece graduate students
Academic issues


Tuition notes

Course enrollment

Fire and Safety





Notes for ECE Graduate Students
academic issues
Academic Issues
  • Discuss policies with the responsible faculty member (research or teaching).
  • Study the “Tiger Cub” student handbook
    • Rules section
  • Graduate School website
the plan of study
The Plan of Study
  • Develop with your academic advisor
  • Submit as soon as possible!
  • Plans are amended when you approach degree completion
  • Students without approved Plans of Study can be denied GTA support
appointments 1
Appointments (1)
  • Teaching assistantships are reviewed every term. Students must apply EVERY term, ON-LINE, at the ECE department website.
  • Research assistantships should be discussed periodically with the research advisor.
appointments 2
Appointments (2)
  • GTA application deadlines
    • See the online application form
    • March 15 (for summer and fall terms)
    • October 15 (for spring term)
appointments 217
Appointments (2)
  • Teaching appointment duration
    • Aug. 16 to Dec. 31 (fall semester)
    • Jan. 1 to May 15 (spring semester)
  • Research appointment duration should be discussed with the research advisor.
notes on tuition
Notes on Tuition
  • GTAs with a minimum of 25% support receive a tuition waiver
  • GRAs with a minimum of 25% support qualify for resident tuition rate
  • A limited number of graduate tuition fellowships are available. See Dr. Nelson.
for international students
For International Students
  • Fees, forms, regulations…
  • Visit the Office of International Education website:

some gta considerations
Some GTA Considerations
  • Newer students favored
  • U.S. citizens favored
  • Ph.D. students favored
  • Academic progress
    • e.g. Has a Plan of Study been filed?
  • Faculty support
  • Language skills
course enrollment
Course enrollment
  • Pre-register. Course offerings are affected by pre-registration demand!
  • Do NOT wait until the beginning of a term to register; two results may occur:
    • full class (you can’t get in)!
    • no class (the class was dropped)!
  • Learn escape routes for office and laboratory.
  • If you discover a fire
    • activate fire alarm system
    • AND dial 911 to report the fire! Alarm system does not dial 911 automatically
  • If alarm sounds, evacuate building immediately.
public and environmental safety
Public and Environmental Safety
  • Visit BOTH of these websites:

  • Obtain appropriate permissions before moving equipment or furniture from a room, e.g. research advisor.
  • Never remove teaching laboratory equipment without consent of professor who supervises that facility!
  • You are NOT a mere student - you are a practicing professional!
    • Be on time for classes and appointments.
    • Prepare for classes, teaching, research:
      • physically, mentally, and spiritually
      • GTAs should check laboratories ahead of time
  • Are you a member of IEEE? If not, visit
  • Check your mailbox daily.
    • Boxes are shared by 2-3 studets
    • If there are multiple copies of a sheet, take one.
  • Copiers and telephones are for professional activity.
  • Computer and network access is a privilege that carries responsibility.
  • Do NOT loan keys!
  • Do NOT share door codes!
  • Do NOT prop open doors!
  • Graduating? Return the keys.
return this sheet to dr hung
Return this sheet to Dr. Hung

I have read and understand the ECE Graduate Orientation material.

Signature: _____________________

Name (print): ___________________

Date: _________________________