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Managing Your Graduate Program. John Sessions Chair, FERM SFM Graduate Program September 19, 2012. Welcome. You are the second entering class in the graduate program of Sustainable Forest Management.

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managing your graduate program

Managing Your Graduate Program

John Sessions

Chair, FERM SFM Graduate Program

September 19, 2012

welcome
Welcome
  • You are the second entering class in the graduate program of Sustainable Forest Management.
  • You join a group of 35+ other graduate students in FERM to make a graduate student body of about 55 students.
overview
Overview
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Major Professor Responsibilities
  • Graduate Committee
  • Program of Study
  • Course Load
  • Work Expectations
  • Annual Performance Review
  • Seminar Participation
  • Travel Awards and College Fellowships
outcomes assessment
Outcomes Assessment

MS/MF Students

  • Conduct research or produce creative work
  • Demonstrate mastery of subject material
  • Conduct scholarly/professional activities in ethical manner

PhD Students

  • Produce and defend original contribution to knowledge
  • Demonstrate mastery of subject material
  • Conduct scholarly activities in ethical manner

Graduate Council, Feb 25, 2011

major professor
Major Professor
  • Your main point of contact and support
  • Major responsibilities
    • Help you define interests and choose appropriate course work.
    • Work with you and your graduate committee to see that all program requirements are met.
    • Provide specific suggestions on designing and carrying out thesis research and review thesis drafts.
    • Coordinate and supervise examinations.
    • Provide or help you find funding.
    • Alert you to job opportunities post graduation.
    • Guide and mentor you regarding additional resources and decisions affecting professional development.
graduate committee
Graduate Committee
  • Assist in the development of your Program of Study.
  • Assist in suggestions for designing and carrying out your thesis research.
  • Review your thesis.
  • Participate in your examinations.
  • Members: PhD(5), MS(4), MF(3)
program of study ms mf
Program of Study (MS/MF)
  • Program of Study Form Available on Web.
  • Recommend developing by end of 2nd term with the help of your committee.
  • Recommend completing thesis/project proposal by end of 3rd term.
  • Must be signed by Major Professor and Department Head.
  • Must be filed with Graduate School in the quarter before the Final Examination.
program of study phd
Program of Study (PhD)
  • Program of Study Form Available on Web
  • Recommend developing by end of 2nd term with the help of your committee including preliminary thesis proposal.
  • Must be signed by Major Professor, Committee, and Department Head.
  • Must be filed with Graduate School prior to scheduling Preliminary Examination.
  • Recommend completing thesis proposal before end of 5th term.
graduate seminars
Graduate Seminars
  • Your program should include two credits of FE or FOR 507 seminar.
  • The purposes of the seminars are to provide an opportunity:

- to see how others present their research,

- to be a critical audience for your peers,

- for students and faculty to learn about your

research,

- for you to have a trial run for the public

display of your research.

course load
Course Load

Graduate Research Assistants

  • 12 – 16 credits per term
  • 9 credits during summer

Department Fellowships

  • 12 - 16 credits per term
  • 3 credits during summer

University Continuous Enrollment Requirement of 3 credits per term during Fall, Winter, Spring

work expectations
Work Expectations
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) are employees of the University.
  • Work expectation for 0.49 FTE is 255 hours per 13 week term.
  • Work schedule is developed with Major Professor.
  • Development of a formalized schedule is suggested to avoid misunderstandings.
annual graduate assistant performance review
Annual Graduate Assistant Performance Review
  • Teaching Assistance
  • Research Assistance
  • Other Service
  • Supervisor’s Comments
  • Signed by Supervisor, Student, Department Head
conference travel awards
Conference Travel Awards
  • Department support to present work at conferences
  • Awards made quarterly
  • Must prepare budget
continuing student fellowships
Continuing Student Fellowships
  • Awarded at College level to encourage and recognize success.
  • Up to $6000 annually.
  • Criteria is combination of GPA, Research output at OSU, Service.
  • MS students eligible for 2 years, PhD for 3 years.
  • Submit application materials in March.
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