## Checklist for my commitments to graduate students as an advisor

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- I commit to spend time with graduate students to provide financial,
moral, and academic support throughout the time of the degree.
- I commit to patiently work with students who have widely varying backgrounds
on a student-by-student basis and provide the individual attention required
to make each student an expert in the field.
- I commit to work with each student such that by the time the student
graduates, s/he will be confident, not only of her/his thesis work, but
of being able to solve any problem given the time and resources.
- I commit to work with each student such that by the time the student
graduates, s/he will be capable of finding any job (academic, or industrial)
of their liking.
- I commit to work with each student such that he/she will:
- Be able to intelligently understand any problem
- Be able to find all the background information about the particular
problem
- Be able to intelligently sort through the piles of information (to
recognize the important material), such that time is not wasted on trivial
or unimportant material
- Be confident that all the important factors, constraints, and issues
are accounted for
- Be able to formulate a solution to the problem that is acceptable to
society
- Be able to prove that the solution is correct (if it is a research
problem then also one should be able to prove that the solution is new
and innovative; not just a reinvention of the wheel)
- Be able to clearly state the pros and cons of the solution
- Be able to clearly communicate the results to peers

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