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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 June 1st of every year and cover the previous calendar year (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Quarter). Note: The updated annual review form will be available on April 15, 2021.
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.
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: