Current Student Resources

Annual Review

Graduate students in the Environmental and Molecular graduate program are reviewed annually to assess the graduate student’s progress towards completion of their graduate degree and their work performance when supported as a graduate research assistant. The purpose of the annual assessment is to facilitate positive communication between the student and their major professor to maintain a high-quality graduate education program in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. The annual review documents are due on May 15th of every year and cover the previous calendar year (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Quarter).  

After the annual review material are submitted, the EMT office will collate and distribute the documents to the PI. The graduate student is responsible for initiating a meeting with the PI by June 1st (June 30th for 1st year). Once the meeting has occurred, PI are to submit student progress assessment by June 5th (July 1st for 1st year).  A complete student review will be shared with the graduate student and must be signed and returned to the EMT office by June 15th (July 15th for 1st year)

Annual Review Description Submission Instructions Graduate Student Annual Review Submission Major Professor Assessment Submission


Exam Assessment Forms

EMT Toxicology program conducts exam assessment to evaluate graduate learning outcomes at the time of the preliminary and final exams.  Graduate students completing a Prelim and/or Final Exam must complete an EMT exam assessment form. ​​​​​​ Gradute students must provided the appropriate assessment forms to their GCR (or Faculty Mentor for PSMTOX) prior to the exam. The form is to be completed by the committee (in addition to the Graduate School Forms) and returned to Mary Mucia in the EMT Office.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Guidelines

Students, in consultation with their mentor and thesis committee, will develop an Individual Professional Development Plan (IDP) that describes short- and long-term research and professional goals, required and applicable core competencies, and a coordinated timeline of experiential learning, outreach, and professional development activities. Annual meetings with the thesis committee are required and provide the student an opportunity for self-reflection and reporting on achievements and concerns, receiving input and advice from the committee, and amending the IDP as appropriate to ensure each student successfully develops the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their goals. Students choose activities from a list of required and optional training modules and experiences (maintained on the department website) or may include other experiential learning opportunities with program approval. The specific activities will vary depending on individual goals and prior experiences but must address a programmatic requirement for interdisciplinary training to achieve a fundamental understanding of the core concepts of toxicology and the related disciplines of the environmental health sciences.

Personal Information Form for Individuals working in EMT Faculty Labs

All individuals who are not EMT graduate students conducting research in an EMT lab needs to update their contact information annually by June 1st
Personal Info Form 

Preliminary Exam

Students must pass the written and oral components of the preliminary exam to advance to Ph.D. candidacy before the end of their second full year of enrollment in the program. They develop and defend a novel research proposal that subsequently may be submitted as a pre-doctoral fellowship application to an appropriate funding agency. The exam is conducted by the thesis committee and assesses the extent to which the student:

  • Understands and can apply the fundamental concepts of toxicology and the environmental health sciences, including how chemical occurrence and fate can lead to exposure and contribute to the potential for adverse and/or beneficial effects at multiple levels of biological organization, and how risk analysis and management can mitigate the potential for adverse effects due to exposure
  • Can design, conduct and communicate original and independent research studies
  • Has the capacity and potential to be a creative and critical thinker