Harvard University releases new academic guidance, training, guidance for students and faculty

By JOSH BRADY and ROBERT J. BERNSTEINAssociated PressHARRISBURG, Pa.

(AP) — Harvard University has released new academic and career guidance for graduate and undergraduate students and instructors.

The new guidelines, which go into effect Feb. 1, outline the role of academic advisers, graduate assistants, postdoctoral fellows and research assistants.

They also outline how students, faculty and graduate students can use the new guidelines to apply for a graduate degree, associate degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree.

“I think it’s important for students to understand what’s required of them to become a scientist,” said Andrew N. Schmitz, associate professor of human development and family studies at Harvard.

“They’re in this new environment that requires them to really understand the job they’re doing, to be able to get through that job, and they’re going to have to be flexible, to adapt to the job, to get along in a lot of different ways.”

“There are so many different things that go into being a scientist, and this guide is really going to make it easy for you to understand the process and the benefits of what you’re doing,” he added.

The Harvard guidance, titled “The New Scientist: What a Scientist Does and Why,” will be available online Feb. 8, and it can be downloaded by clicking here.