WELCOME! To our recent arrivals . . . We’re glad you are here! Goals of this handbook Information Who can help Where to find info Forestry Graduate Student Association Business office policies/procedures Computer facilities & resources Graduate degree requirements Assistantships Answer your questions
Forestry Graduate Student Association (GSA) Primary Purpose Enhance graduate student personal, professional, and social experiences within the department and University by: • promoting graduate student research and ideas, • furnishing a forum for interaction and communication among current, incoming, and prospective Forestry graduate students and departmental faculty and staff, and • when appropriate, advocating the position of the Forestry graduate students to the Department’s Chair, faculty, and other constituencies.
Forestry Graduate Student Association (GSA) Membership • Forestry M.S. or Ph.D. student (advisor, co-advisor, or committee member in the Forestry Department), and • Currently enrolled full or part-time • Faculty Advisor • Dr. Steve Bullard, Professor and Department Chair • Meetings • Regular meetings held monthly • 1st meeting this fall: Wednesday, August 27th at 5 pm • Officers • Elected at beginning of each semester • Term is one semester, with 2 term maximum
Forestry Graduate Student Association (GSA) Recent Activities • Invited Speakers • Newsletter • Reforest the Bluegrass • Spring coat drive • Pay raises for MS students • Pedagogy course development • Participation in UK Grad Conference Upcoming Activities - Fall 2008 • Fall Social: TBD • Fundraising Activities • More Invited Speakers
Forestry GSA: Fall 2008 Officers President: Emma Witt (email@example.com) Vice-President: John Hast (firstname.lastname@example.org) Secretary: Lee Moser (Ljmose2@uky.edu) Financial Officer: Megan Poulette (email@example.com) Public Relations Representatives: Matt Weand (Matthew.Weand@uky.edu) and Erin Barding (firstname.lastname@example.org) Information Technology Specialist: Ben Augustine (email@example.com) Social Event Planner: Andrew Whittle (Andrew.Whittle@uky.edu) Graduate Student Congress Representative: Josh Brinks (firstname.lastname@example.org) Student Members of Forestry Graduate Program Committee: Josh Brinks (email@example.com) Yu Liang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Leslie Queary Business Manager Room 216, 257-7611, email@example.com Cheryl Estes Administrative Associate Room 105, 257-7596, firstname.lastname@example.org Christie Cloud Accounting Clerk Room 216, 257-2516, email@example.com Reneé Williams Extension Staff Associate Room 216, 257-7597, firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel • Before trip • Travel approval essential (if out-of-state) • Submit request to Leslie Queary (Room 216) • Enjoy your trip! • After trip • Complete travel voucher • Attach original receipts • Please include account number • Submit to Leslie • Need help? . . . Ask us! http://sevencolors.org/images/photo/original/globe_west.jpg
Budgets • Please direct all questions about your accounts and budgets to Leslie.
HR and Payroll • Please direct all questions about any human resources aspects and payroll to Cheryl Estes in Room 105. • To make any changes to payroll - address change, account number change, etc. please see Cheryl.
Worker’s Comp • If you are injured in the field or on the job, please call UK’s Worker’s Comp office at 800-440-6285 to file the report. (please carry this number in your wallet) • Please see Cheryl if you have questions.
Supply Purchases • Office Supplies • First check supply closet, Room 116 • If item not available, please have an account number and see Cheryl in Room 105 • Lab Equipment • Please have an account number • You may use • Fisher Scientific for chemicals (call Sandy Baker at 257-2354) • Carolina Biological Supply (online or by phone) • Forestry Suppliers (online or by phone) • If all else fails, see Millie for assistance in room 120
Pro Card (credit card) • When you make a purchase with a UK Pro-card, please: • fill out the form • attach original receipts • turn in to Christie in the Business Office, Room 216
Reimbursements • Reimbursements may be given when: • the purchase was not with travel • the amount is more then $25.00 (if not, save receipts until together is more then $25.00), and • is not for food or postage • Please have • Original receipt • Account number, then • See Cheryl (105) or Leslie (216).
Key Shop • If you need keys made, please see Leslie in the Business Office for the signed form. • The key shop is behind Donovan Hall. • Donovan Hall is the building next door on the other side of Huguelet Dr.
Car Reservations • Cars or trucks may be reserved through the College of Agriculture Motor Pool. • Please see any of the staff to reserve a car. • You will need: • account number & user code • departure and return day and time • phone & email • destination & purpose • type of vehicle needed (truck, car, van, etc.) • who is traveling
Vans If you will be driving a van: • You may need to be certified first • See Cheryl Estes for help or phone the Motor Pool (7-7570)
Chemicals If you will be using chemicals • You will need to complete a chemical hygiene test first • Ask Millie Hamilton for details (TPC Room 120)
Forms • For most UK forms: http://www.uky.edu/eForms/ • Most forms can also be found in the supply closet, room 116.
Computer Facilities & Resources Dr. Darryl Cremeans (Data Systems Manager) email@example.com Room 121-A (121-A is in Computer Lab, Room 121)
The stuff I need to share with the Forestry Graduate Students Darryl Cremeans, Ph.D. Data Systems Manager
Darryl wears many hats Many of which can help facilitate your success here
Space Committee Chairman Desk assignments Office allocation Lab space needs Storage Renovation projects etc The committee has ratified a protocol that I follow when making these decisions
Departmental Safety Contact Oversee lab inspections Remedy any safety issues identified by the Fire Marshall etc If you encounter anything you feel puts you at risk – You need to report it to your major professor, if they fail to resolve it to your satisfaction tell me.
Inventory Control Assistant Annual inventory (Oct-Dec) We need you to bring in for scanning every piece of bar-coded University equipment you possess.
Data Systems Manager Tech support firstname.lastname@example.org Office 257-1396 Cell 229-8919 Ag Helpdesk – 257-3335 UK Helpdesk – 257-1300 Network Administrator Web master Computer Labs Etc etc
Your Computer The department endeavors to provide each graduate student with a pc (desktop or notebook) and a printer If your printer runs out of ink – get an account number from your major professor and give it and your model to Cheryl. Free network printers in the lab Please do not print frivolous documents. Password protected to prevent abuse.
Computer Lab – Room 121 General use Poster printing Scanners ARCView databases SAS PDF creation Can be used for instruction etc
Network Resources Shortcut to Forestry Forestry3 = file server for pc lab Forestry4 = print server, GIS data Forestry5 = file server for faculty, staff, and graduate students I: drive I:\common I:\home\loginID
Departmental Listservs Forestryemail@example.com – every full time employee Forestryfirstname.lastname@example.org – all extension people Forestryemail@example.com – all faculty Forestryfirstname.lastname@example.org – all graduate students (even if not hosted by Forestry) Forestryemail@example.com – professional staff Forestryfirstname.lastname@example.org – research folks Forestryemail@example.com – forestry instructors Allfirstname.lastname@example.org – all forestry students (both undergrad and graduate)
Forestry Department Web Site http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestry/ Faculty and Staff Graduate School Information Department Seminar Schedule GSA newsletter Grad Student pages Etc
Parking at the Cooper Building Only for authorized/official reasons (popping in for a lecture is NOT a good reason) Sign the white board in the back hall Remove vehicle ASAP (if it is there >2 hours it may be removed for you) We need to keep spaces available for visiting cooperators, van loading, etc. Please don’t make me have to tow you
Campus Life • Student Organizations http://www.uky.edu/GetInvolved/StudentOrgs/ • Graduate Student Congress email@example.com/ • Green Thumb http://www.uky.edu/StudentOrgs/GreenThumb/ • Wildcat Wheels http://www.uky.edu/HR/wellness/wildcatwheels.html • Campus Recreation http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/CampusRec/
Forestry Program’s Graduate Committee (handles academic issues) • Dr. Mary Arthur (firstname.lastname@example.org) • Dr. Paul Kalisz (email@example.com) • Dr. Songlin Fei (firstname.lastname@example.org) • Dr. John Lhotka (John.Lhotka@uky.edu) • Mr. Josh Brinks (email@example.com) • Mr. Yu Liang (firstname.lastname@example.org) • Dr. Dave Wagner, DGS (email@example.com)
Forestry Department Web Pages http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestry/ • Staff • Faculty • Programs • Department Seminar Calendar (for other UK seminars: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=hpp5hqgd56qot5lle6e57sua88%40group.calendar.google.com) • Etc.
Grad School Web Pages:Provide Links to Most UK Info • Home page: http://www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/ • Click on “New Graduate Students” • Click on “Graduate Student Orientation” • Bulletin • Academic Calendar • Computing Services • University Libraries • Health Insurance • Etc. • Grad Student Listserv (http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/GSListserv.html)
More Pointers to Resources (examples) • Statistical Consultant – College of Ag (Angela Schörgendorfer) • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • For office hours, etc., see: http://www.ca.uky.edu/research/?p=24 • Preparing Future Faculty Program (http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/PFF/index.html)
More Pointers to Resources (examples) • Graduate School Travel Funds (http://www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/fellowship/supportfunding.html) • External Fellowship Application Award (http://www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/fellowship/EFAA.html)
How Do I Earn My Degree??? • If you are not in M.S. (Forestry) degree program • see Director of Graduate Studies of your academic program • see your academic program’s web pages, e.g.: http://www.as.uky.edu/Biology/GP/current.htm http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/entdept/eg1.htm • If you are in the M.S. (Forestry) degree program • see the following several slides • see http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestry/academics.php • also, visit Dave Wagner (DGS) if you have questions
M.S. (Forestry) Degree Requirements • Plan A: 24 graduate credits plus thesis • Plan B: 30 graduate credits • Fulfill other requirements of • Forestry Graduate Program • Graduate School • Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)
M.S. (Forestry) Degree Requirements(Plan A and Plan B) Specific Courses FOR 601 (3 credits; take this your 1st Fall Semester) FOR 602 (3 credits; taught odd-year Fall Semesters) FOR 770 (take 3 times; taught every Fall & Spring) Instructional experience in undergraduate course Exit seminar Oral final exam
FOR 770 Topics/Instructors Fall 2008 Agroforestry Systems (Hill) Wild Canid Ecology, Management, and Conservation (Cox) University Forestry Teaching (Wagner, for TAs only) Spring 2009 Research Ethics (Kalisz) Environmental Monitoring: Acquisition of Field Data and Analysis (Barton) University Forestry Teaching (Wagner, for TAs only) Fall 2009 Agroforestry Systems (Hill) Continuous Cover Forestry (Lhotka) University Forestry Teaching (Wagner, for TAs only) Spring 2010 Fire Ecology in North American and Appalachian Ecosystems (Arthur & Paratley) University Forestry Teaching (Wagner, for TAs only) Fall 2010 Wild Canid Ecology, Management, and Conservation (Cox) University Forestry Teaching (Wagner, for TAs only)
Instructional Experience Opportunities (Examples) FOR 100 (Introduction to Forestry) Dave Wagner, Fall & Spring FOR 101 (Introduction to Wildlife Conservation) Tom Barnes, schedule TBA FOR 200 (Map Reading and Aerial Photogrammetry) Jim Ringe, Spring FOR 340 (Forest Ecology) Mary Arthur, Fall FOR 360 (Wood Technology and Utilization) Jim Ringe, Spring FOR 376 (Silvicultural Practices) Jeff Stringer, Summer FOR 402 (Forest Entomology) Lynne Rieske-Kinney, Fall FOR 430 (Forest Wildlife and Range Management) Mike Lacki, Fall BIO/NRC 420G (Taxonomy of Vascular Plants) Rob Paratley, Spring
M.S. (Forestry) Degree Requirements(Plan A and Plan B) Graduate School & CPE Course Requirements: 2/3 of minimum credits in “regular” courses (16 credits Plan A; 20 credits Plan B). 1/2 of minimum credits in 600- or 700-level courses (12 credits Plan A; 15 credits Plan B). (Thesis, practicum, internship credits don’t count.) 1/2 of minimum credits in courses with FOR prefix (12 credits Plan A; 15 credits Plan B). (Thesis, practicum, internship credits don’t count.) 3/8 of minimum credits in 600- or 700-level FOR courses (9 credits Plan A; 12 credits Plan B). (Thesis, practicum, internship credits don’t count.)
M.S. (Forestry) Degree Requirements(Plan A – Thesis) Graduate School & CPE Course Requirements . . . Here’s thebottom line (for most Plan A students): At least 24 total credits (16 credits in “regular” courses) One, 3-credit, 600- or 700-level FOR course, in addition to the 9 credits of FOR 601, FOR 602 & FOR 770 (thesis, practicum, internship courses don’t count)
Additional M.S. (Forestry) Degree Requirement(if your undergraduate degreeis not “Forestry”) 3 undergraduate forestry courses, chosen from the list at: http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestry/degree.php (In some cases, students may fulfill one of these courses with the same course used to fulfill the “instructional experience” requirement. Requests for approval must be made to the DGS well in advance of the semester when this would occur.)
Tips for Smooth Progress • Your advisory/examination committee • Choose in consultation with major professor • Establish during 1st academic year (ideally during 1st semester) (see http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestry/committee.pdf) • Committee has at least 3 faculty (see http://www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/masters_exam.pdf) • Majority (and chair) must be UK “graduate faculty” (≥ 1 “full” member; “graduate faculty” membership list is on Grad School web pages) • Majority of members must be in Forestry Graduate Program
Tips for Smooth Progress • Consult frequently with major professor and committee committee can be changed if necessary or appropriate • Plan all coursework by end of 1st semester • Plan thesis research project (Plan A) by end of 1st semester
Tips for Smooth Progress(continued) • Stay on top of deadlines http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/ImportantDates.html • “Application for Degree” (due near beginning of final semester) http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/DegreeCard.pdf • “Request for Final Examination” & “Thesis Approval” (both due 2 weeks before exam) http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/FinalExamRecomm.pdf http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/ThesisApproval.pdf • Final Examination “latest possible date” • Thesis final copy (due within 60 days of successful final examination) (“Graduate School Forms” link on Graduate School home page) http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/gsforms.html