PhD Student Resources

Learn about course advising, student appointments, the graduate manual, graduation requirements and more.

CDSE students must follow the policies set forth by the department, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the University at Buffalo (UB).

Departmental Contacts

Graduate Coordinator

The Graduate Coordinator is the central resource for all administrative issues related to graduate studies (force registration, student appointments, paperwork processing etc). The coordinator can be contacted by emailing or by visiting 415 Bonner Hall.

Kaeleigh Peri

Graduate Coordinator for Special Programs

415 Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1566


Director of Graduate Studies

Students will have various forms that need the advisor, PhD committee, and Director of Graduate Studies’ signatures, to track important milestones and progress. To get the Director’s signature on any forms, please give them to the Graduate Coordinator who will prepare a packet of relevant supporting documentation and give it to the Director for his or her signature.

Margarete Jadamec

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor

Department of Geology

455 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4262


Primary Advisor

Upon acceptance into the CDSE program, students may be assigned a primary advisor. In the case that a primary advisor is not assigned, a mentor will be provided to the student. It is the students responsibility to work with their mentor and find a primary advisor to guide their research and plan of study. The primary advisor should be selected by the last day of the first semester of study.

The primary advisor will guide students through all CDSE milestones.