b'need to be responsive in all of these roles, but the faculty members who interact most with the student should strive to offer the full gamut of support. The nine points below have been identified as essential criteria for supporting graduate students: (1) Clear communication of your expectations and policies It is the responsibility of faculty members to lay out expectations and policies and explain in detail how things operate in their specific schools context, lab or class. Written expectations are most helpful. Being rigid is not advised, but rather laying the groundwork for building a mutually beneficial relationship based on clear expectations. You might consider these questions in writing your expectations: How frequently do you prefer to meet? How much time do you have available to work with the student? What do you consider a normal workload? Do you prefer final drafts for review or do you accept works in progress? How much turn-around time do you need for letters of recommendation? What are your policies on co-authorship? Are your relationships with students strictly academic, or are some personal as well? Helping Students Balance Stress78'