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Graduate Advising

Dr. Zhaoxia Pu     Thomas Reichler

Dr. Zhaoxia Pu and Dr. Thomas Reichler

Dr. Zhaoxia Pu and Dr. Thomas Reichler are the Graduate Student Advisors for all graduate students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Although each graduate student in the program has a faculty advisor who oversees the student's research progress, the Department also has Graduate Student Advisors to provide personalized academic, professional, and career guidance. 

Specific topic areas handled by the Graduate Student Advisors include:

  • Comprehensive Exam 
  • Committee on Doctoral Advancement
  • Graduate Student Guide
  • Thesis Requirements
  • Research Ethics
  • Career Counseling

Students may contact Dr. Pu or Dr. Reichler with questions on research requirements, concerns with program requirements, comprehensive exam and information on transitioning to the PhD program after completion of the MS.

To schedule an appointment with one of the Graduate Student Advisors, please send an email message to or call (801) 585-3864 (Dr. Pu) or (801) 585-0040 (Dr. Reichler). 


Michelle Brooks

Michelle Brooks

Michelle Brooks serves as the primary Academic Advisor on policies, procedures, and deadlines for all graduate students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Students may contact Michelle at any point, from an initial interest in our program to graduating with their degree.  

Specific Academic Advisor duties include:

  • Registration issues
  • Graduation information and deadlines
  • Graduate School policies and procedures
  • Scheduling a room for defense and submission of defended manuscripts
  • Student progress tracking from admission to graduation
  • Change of Graduate Classification: MS to PhD

Michelle Brooks has an open-door advising policy for students to stop by and speak about their progress or ask questions, etc. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment to ensure availability, click on the link above next to Michelle's photo.

University of Utah's Advisor Mission Statement: 

As educators and problem solvers, we advocate for students as they navigate their personal journey of higher education and attain their academic goals. Through inclusion and connection, we open doors to new opportunities for self-awareness and growth, empowering students to define their roles as citizens within local and global communities.

Last Updated: 1/4/18