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Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Graduate Studies in Zoology Oregon State University


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Important Administrative Staff

Chair of Zoology: Virginia Weis

TA assignments, etc.: Joe Beatty

Chair of Graduate Studies Committee: Dave Lytle

Graduate Studies Committee:

Rebecca Terry, John Ruben, Dave Lytle

Administrative Assistant: Tara Bevandich

Office Specialist (student advising): Traci Durrell–Khalife

Office Specialist (travel, time cards): Torri Givigliano

Office Specialist (undergrad affairs): Trudy Powell

Other of interest:

Director of Biology Program: Bob Mason

Director of Graduate Studies–Environmental Science: Andy Blaustein

Director of Graduate Studies–Molecular, Cellular Biology: Barb Taylor


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Important Resources

OSU Graduate Catalog: online – see key links in handbook

Graduate School: website

Zoology Graduate Student Handbook: pdf *** read this!!***


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Graduate Studies Committee

1. Annual reviews of grad students

2. Act on petitions

3. Act on terminations or grievances

4. Rank fellowship applicants


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Graduate Studies Committee

1. Annual reviews of grad students

2. Act on petitions

3. Act on terminations or grievances

4. Rank fellowship applicants

Your Thesis Committee

PhD: 5 members of graduate faculty

(advisor + 1 other from zoology,

grad council representative,

2 others, including1 from outside dept.).

Note: outsiders must be on OSU grad faculty, requires an OSU appointment

MS: 4 members of graduate faculty (advisor, 1 member major dept., grad council representative, and 1 member outside dept.)


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Program of Study

PhD: 108 credits total; 50% should be “stand alone” (i.e., not slash,

course, e.g., Bi 445/545)

36 Thesis Credit (Z 603)

36 Non-blanket courses (i.e., no “0” in middle of course #)

6-15 blanket (“0” in middle) seminar courses

(e.g., seminar Z 507; from other departments OK)

Only 1 credit of Z599 can count towards the

6 seminar credits (must be “seminar like”)

MS:45 credits total; 50% should be “stand alone” (i.e., not slash course,

e.g., 400/500)

6 Thesis Credit (Z 503)

15 Non-blanket courses

2-9 Blanket or seminar courses


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blanket 603 & 507

(need 36 cr of Z603

& 6 cr of Z507)

non-slash (54 cr min)

non-blanket

(e.g. MCB 530)

non-blanket

(36 cr min)

slash (e.g. Bi 445/545)

Total = 108 credits

(min 36 in residence at OSU)


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

blanket 603 & 507

non-slash

(54 cr min)

non-blanket

(e.g. MCB 530)

non-blanket

(36 cr min)

slash (e.g.

Bi 445/545)

Typical program

36 Z603

6 Z507

12 “real” grad classes

(non-slash, non-blanket)

24 slash classes

Total = 108 credits

(min 36 in residence at OSU)


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Other Program of Study details:

Must have a GPA ≥ 3.0 and course grades must be ≥ 2.0.

No foreign language requirement

1. Scientific Skills (Z 507) seminar required first year for Zoology majors (unless not offered)

2. Grant Writing (Z 507) is recommended in first or second year for Zoology majors.


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

OSU Graduate Program Requirements

3 Formal meetings with your committee

Note: remote participation OK – see handbook

1. Program of Study Meeting

Courses decided, Program of Study form signed and submitted to Graduate School

Due: PhD w/ MS: end of 4th quarter

PhD no MS: end of 5th quarter;

MS: end of 2nd quarter

Note: grad school won’t let you register if not done


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

2. Proposal Meeting

Research Proposal

Must write a research proposal (no formal format) and

present at a proposal meeting with committee. Need signatures on proposal.

Due end of 2nd year (PhD) or of 1st year (MS)

Can combine Proposal meeting with Program of Study Meeting


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

3. Preliminary Exam

Oral exam to enter candidacy (PhD only).

No written exam.

Must notify graduate school 2 weeks before to get paperwork.

One negative vote allowed; more than one, must take again. Only 3 preliminary exams can be administered.

Due by end of 3rd year


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4. Defense (final exam meeting)

Public presentation, then defend thesis in private with committee.

Must notify graduate school 2 weeks before to get paperwork.

One negative vote allowed; more than one, must take again. Only 2 final exams are allowed.

Due at end of 5 years (PhD) and 2 years (MS)

Consult Graduate School for thesis details (i.e., timing, format, bound copies, etc.).


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

  • Other Zoology Graduate Program Requirements

1. Teaching Requirement

Minimum of 3 quarters of teaching (PhD only).

Don’t expect a waiver!


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3. Annual Review of Progress

All students must be reviewed each year by GSC (usually 1st week in December).

First year students exempt.

Submit CV and review statement, meet with GSC faculty, receive review from GSC, signed by you, advisor, and Chair of GSC (see appendix to Manual)

4. Limits for Completion of Program and Financial Support

PhD–5 years

MS–2 years

Must petition to stay longer or continue support.


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Financial Support and Course Loads

1. Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)

Both are usually 0.40 FTE (40% or 16 hours a week).

Includes a tuition waiver & 85% health insurance.

Appointments made on a quarter–by–quarter basis but usually 9 months in advance; should be supported with a GRA in the summer provided by advisor. A few TAs available.

TAs must be here to teach

Don’t back out on short notice


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Financial Support and Course Loads (continued)

2. Fellowships

NSF pre-doctoral fellowships

EPA STARR fellowships

NSERC

NERRS

Tuition waiver for all fellowships has been historically granted – see handbook

**Note: minimum salary required for tuition deferral if foreign fellowship!!

University-wide fellowships and awards

Announced via emails

Many require nomination by Department.

Advisor submits pre-nomination, GSC chooses nominee


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  • Financial Support and Course Loads (continued)

  • 3. Course Loads for Assistantships

  • All GTA or GRAs must register for 16 credit hours each academic term

  • 9 credits of Zoology (Z 503/603 or Z 501/601) in summer*

  • Minimum of 3 to keep in standing if really not physically here

* non-Zoology OK only if on program


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Petition Procedures

Typical reasons to file a petition to the GSC

1. Limit for degree completion or financial support has been reached

PhD–5 years

MS–2 years

Petition letter should address all the points

given in the Graduate Handbook.

Due February 1st before extension year.

Extensions of financial support are for one academic year or less. A second year of support is rarely granted.


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Expected Timetable

First Year

Take Scientific Skills Seminar (Z 507)

Select Graduate Program Committee

Hold Program of Study Meeting and file Program of Study (MS or PhD w/ MS)

Hold Research Proposal Meeting and file Research Proposal (MS)

Second Year

Undergo 1st Annual Review

Hold Program of Study Meeting and file Program of Study (PhD w/o MS)

Hold Research Proposal Meeting and file Research Proposal (PhD w/ MS)

Submit Masters Thesis and take Final Oral Examination (MS); if not, apply for extension

Third Year

Undergo 2nd Annual Review

Take Doctoral Preliminary Oral Examination

Fourth through Fifth Years

Undergo 3rd and 4th Annual Reviews

Submit Dissertation and take Final Examination; if not, in 5th year, apply for extension


Graduate studies in zoology oregon state university

Miscellaneous

Health insurance over the summer if not on TA or RA

Must fill out a form in Spring to get 50% coverage

(must be returning in fall)

Travel

Get pre-approval

Note the Enterprise rentals

See Torri’s notes in handbook


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