b'they may encounter as advisors. Consider surveying students in your department/school the summer before their freshman year to help determine their interests. Then match them appropriately with an advisor based on those interests. SUPPORTING GRADUATE STUDENTS Graduate study at many large universities is varied and complex, with numerous major and minor fields of study, and different graduate degrees awarded. In some universities, students have the freedom to shape a course of study that cuts across interrelated fields. Such academic freedom comes with the responsibility to think independently, act responsibly and pursue ones research with self-directed passion. It also comes with additional challenges for graduate students who may feel isolated by their unique situations. Graduate students are far more likely to be international and more diverse in age, background and experience than undergraduates. They are at various life stages, with a greater variety of accompanying family members and responsibilities. All graduate students will need support by faculty members, either as chair or member of the special committee, instructor in graduate-level courses, or primary investigator in funded research. An individual faculty member may notHelping Students Balance Stress77'