Pharmaceutical Sciences Advising - Graduate Students

You’ve committed to UB – congratulations!  Not sure where to start?  Your academic advisor is here to help you navigate the academic landscape.

Request an advising appointment

For academic and career advising, contact:
Murali Ramanathan, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
355 Kapoor Hall
(716) 645-4846

For academic advising, scheduling and registration, contact:
Christine Stumm
Registrar and Associate Director of Admissions & Advisement
279 Kapoor Hall
(716) 645-2776

For questions that don't require an appointment, contact the advising team.

Who is My Advisor?

The faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are committed to providing individualized attention to students and are available to discuss research interests, course selection, and even personal matters.

Director of Graduate Studies

All new students meet with the Director of Graduate Studies to select courses for the first semester and is available for consultation throughout the program.

Research Advisor

After the first semester, students will meet with their Research Advisor to select courses. Students will chose their Research Advisor after learning about faculty research interests in PHC 588, Faculty Research Seminar – an orientation class offered in the fall semester.

Rotations and Meetings with faculty

All new PhD students are required to arrange a one-on-one meeting with at least five departmental faculty and discuss their research interests. At least two of the meetings should be with Assistant Professors in the Department. Students are free to make arrangements for rotations with individual faculty, if desired. The conditions of the rotations of will be determined by the individual professor.

Dissertation Advisor and Committee

Students in the PhD program have a Dissertation Committee, which is normally chosen after the student has successfully completed the comprehensive Preliminary Exam and before filing the Application to Candidacy. Students must submit at least three choices for Dissertation Advisors to the Director of Graduate Studies. At least two must be full time, tenure track faculty members in the department. The student’s Research Advisor will serve as the fourth member of the Committee. The assignments proposed by the Graduate Studies Committee will be reviewed and approved by the Department Chair. Students should seek an informal meeting with their PhD Dissertation Committee members every six months to review progress.

Project Advisor and Committee

Students in the MS program have Project Committees. The MS Project Committee is comprised of at least one faculty member (regular, adjunct, or research faculty) in addition to the student’s research advisor. Students should seek an informal meeting with their MS Project Committee members every six months to review progress.