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Prospective Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars should contact Prof. Noah Diffenbaugh at To become familiar with the advising approach, it will be beneficial for both prospective Ph.D. students  and prospective postdocs to review the Advising Expectations document below. In addition, to become familiar with the expectations for graduate progress, it will beneficial for prospective Ph.D. students to review the Graduate Degree Progress rubric below.

Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs ("VPGE") resources

The Stanford VPGE  maintains a number of resources for Stanford graduate students and postdocs. Online resources can be found at the following websites:

VPGE Student Gateway:

VPGE Advising Resources:

VPGE Mentoring Resources:

Advising Expectations

The following are answers to the guiding questions provided by Stanford VPGE. The VPGE questions are written with respect to graduate student advising, but many of the questions (and answers) are relevant for postdoc advising as well.

Graduate Degree Progress

The file below contains a rubric of capacities expected at different stages of the Ph.D. degree.