Choosing a Thesis Advisor is a critical decision that will influence the course of your scientific career. To choose wisely, one needs to be well informed. It is important to think beyond the issue of common research interests to consider other aspects of your graduate training. To aid you in this process, a list of possible questions to ask prospective thesis advisors is provided in the Questions for Faculty. These questions are intended to stimulate a dialog between you and your potential thesis advisor that will allow you to assess whether your views of graduate education are compatible. Many of these questions are not simple and may not elicit a quick answer. However, any trainer should be willing to discuss these important issues with you. You may also want to discuss these issues with students that are currently in the prospective advisor’s lab. This list is by no means complete; you should spend some time thinking about what is most important to you in your graduate training. The hope is that, by discussing these issues before choosing an advisor, future conflicts will be avoided and you will have a productive and rewarding graduate career.