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Procedures, Policies and Requirements Of All Graduate Students

A. Adviser

Upon entrance into the CBS Graduate Program, the Director of the CBS Graduate Program will direct the graduate student's program and act in the capacity of an adviser until the student selects a faculty research adviser. Students should select an adviser early in their graduate training (by the end of the first year). All first year students who have not selected an adviser upon entering the program are recommended to schedule laboratory rotations on a semester basis with faculty members of their choice. The objective of these rotations is to provide the student with an introduction to various technical aspects of biomedical research and to introduce the student to the research program of individual faculty members. These should be arranged by contacting individual faculty members after consultation with the program director.

B. Grades

A student who fails (a grade of D or F) a core course will be dismissed from the CBS Graduate Program. All first year students who have less than a B grade in any of the CBS core courses or an overall average of less than 3.0 will be reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee and Program Director. A student's status in the program is based upon academic performance and reasonable progress in research. If a student is permitted to remain in the program, the form of remediation will be decided by the Graduate Studies Committee and the student's adviser.

C. Annual Review

Each student in the program will meet Program Director annually to review his/her progress. Once a dissertation advisory committee has been formed for the student, this committee will meet annually with the student to review progress.

D. Research

The conduct and execution of the research problem will be the responsibility of the student's adviser and his/her dissertation committee. The student is expected to make reasonable progress in their research, and to attend at least one national meeting as a student to present data from their research.

E. Graduate Student Representation

To ensure that Graduate Students have the opportunity to actively participate in their program of study, students will have elected representation on the CBS Graduate Studies Committee. This will be in the form on one student who is elected by the CBS graduate students. The term of service will be for two years. The student representative shall attend all Committee meetings and make contributions that serve student interests. It will be the responsibility of the student representative to disseminate information from the meetings and to raise issues on behalf of the students. First year students will not be eligible for election to the CBS Graduate Studies Committee. Election of the student representative will take place during the Spring semester, with the term of service beginning on the following July 1.

Policies and Requirements for the Doctor of
Philosophy Degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

A. Objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences shall reflect a mastery of the principles of a discipline in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, with students engaging in research in one of the five concentration areas in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

B. Formal Requirements for the Doctoral Degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

  1. The CBS program director will guide the student in the pursuit of course work and training until the student selects an adviser.
  2. The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires the equivalent of at least 3 academic years of work beyond the baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit. If a student has earned a master's degree in a relevant area, then a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree is required.
  3. It is required that all first year Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students enrolled in the doctoral program complete the required core curriculum for their concentration. The student will have completed the(se) course(s) prior to the scheduling of the Doctoral Candidacy Examination.

    In certain instances and with permission of the Graduate Studies Committee in conjunction with other appropriate faculty members, students may be exempt from taking a basic core course if adequate proficiency or equivalency can be demonstrated. An alternative course of study may be approved by the graduate committee.
  4. All CBS Graduate Students are encouraged to enroll in additional coursework. The student will consult his/her adviser for recommended additional coursework in accordance with the student's chosen course of study. A list of available electives can be found on the requirements page of each concentration area. Other courses may be added with approval of the CBS Graduate Studies Committee.
  5. All doctoral students are encouraged to complete the doctoral degree within a five (5) year time period.
  6. All doctoral students are required to satisfactorily complete both written and oral portions of the candidacy examination.
  7. All doctoral students must successfully complete the Final Oral Examination (Defense of Dissertation) covering the dissertation and related fields of investigation.

C. Doctoral Candidacy Examination

1. Committee Selection, Scheduling, and Deadlines a) The adviser and advisee will set the date for the oral portion of the Doctoral Candidacy Examination or Preliminary Examination and select an Advisory Committee. This Committee will consist of the student's adviser, who may serve as chairperson, and three graduate faculty members as well as a Graduate School Representative. The Advisory Committee for each student must be approved by the Director of the CBS Graduate Program.

b) The student may elect to schedule the written portions of the examination at any time during the three month period preceding the scheduled date of the oral examination, however, all written portions of the candidacy examination must be completed ten (10) days prior to the scheduled date of the oral examination.

c) The Director of the CBS Graduate Program will be informed, in writing, of the members comprising the Advisory Committee, and the dates of the written and oral examinations.

d) The Preliminary Examination format should adhere to guidelines of the Graduate School Catalog. The student's advisory committee in consultation with the student, will determine the format of the student's exam.

2. Design of the Written Portion a) The prospective doctoral candidate will be expected to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of biomedical sciences in their area of concentration. Specific questions will be designed by the faculty members to examine the candidate in this area.

3. Design of the Oral Portion a) The oral portion of the Candidacy Examination, approximately two hours in duration, will be administered by the Advisory Committee. The prospective candidate's adviser may serve as Chairperson and a Graduate School Representative will be appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

D. Final Oral Examination

The Final Oral Examination, two hours in length, will be administered by the student's advisory committee and a Graduate School Representative, assigned by the graduate school upon approval of the graduate plan of work. Oral presentations are open to the CVM community.

E. Dissertation Final Copy

Students are required to submit an electronic dissertation to the Graduate School through the ETD submission system in the MyPack within 24 hours of receiving an unconditional pass on the final examination.

F. Additional Graduate School Requirements for the Doctoral Degree

All requirements of the Graduate School must be fulfilled in order to schedule the final dissertation defense and to formally complete graduate studies in the program.

Policies and Requirements for the Master's of Science
Degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

A. Objectives

The Master's of Science degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences shall reflect a mastery of the principles of a discipline in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, with students engaging in research in one of the five concentration areas in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

B. Formal Requirements for the Doctoral Degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

  1. The CBS program director will guide the student in the pursuit of course work and training until the student selects an adviser.
  2. The Master's of Science degree requires the equivalent of at least 2 academic years of work beyond the baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit, including 18 semester hours of letter-graded graduate credit.
  3. It is required that all first year Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students enrolled in the master's program complete the required core curriculum for their concentration area.
  4. All CBS Graduate Students are encouraged to enroll in additional coursework. The student will consult his/her adviser for recommended additional coursework in accordance with the student's chosen course of study. A list of available electives can be found on the requirements page for each concentration area. Other courses may be added with approval of the CBS Graduate Studies Committee.
  5. All master's students are encouraged to complete the master's degree within a three (2) year time period.
  6. All master's students must successfully complete the Final Oral Examination (Defense of Dissertation) covering the dissertation and related fields of investigation.

C. Final Oral Examination

The Final Oral Examination, two hours in length, will be administered by the student's advisory committee and a Graduate School Representative, appointed by the graduate school upon approval of the graduate plan of work. Oral presentations are open to the CVM community.

D. Dissertation Final Copy

Students are required to submit an electronic dissertation to the Graduate School through the ETD submission system in the MyPack within 24 hours of receiving an unconditional pass on the final examination.

E.. Additional Graduate School Requirements

All requirements of the Graduate School must be fulfilled in order to schedule the final dissertation defense and to formally complete graduate studies in the program.