How to Choose An Advisor

 

Choosing a Graduate Advisor is a personal decision. Each graduate student must confer with the members of the faculty and obtain the agreement of one to serve as the student’s advisor. Students are expected to take the initiative in selecting their advisor. Advisors are not assigned to students; rather, they are determined by mutual agreement between individual students and professors. When a student works as a GRA, the faculty providing the research funding normally serves as the advisor.

This hand out from Standford can help you asses your potential advisor to make
sure you will be a good fit:  Student-Advisor Expectation Scale