Department of Biology and Chemistry
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Graduate students pursuing the Master of Science in Biology may elect to follow a thesis or a courses only, non-thesis route. For the thesis student, an advisory committee of at least three faculty members, versed in the student's specific area of interest, guides the student's graduate career. With the approval of the student's advisory committee and/or the graduate coordinator, up to nine semester hours of graduate work in biology or closely related fields may be transferred as part of the student's program. Transfer credits may include up to nine hours of graduate credit from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with which the University is affiliated.
Graduate Course LoadFull-time graduate students must enroll in at least nine, but no more than fifteen, semester hours of 600-level courses. GA’s must enroll in nine to twelve hours of graduate-level courses. Part-time students may enroll for any number of hours up to nine.
Graduate Student CommitteeDuring the first semester after admission into the BES graduate program, the thesis student must initiate the formation of his/her graduate committee. This committee will consist of a minimum of three BES faculty members, at least one of whom must be familiar with the student’s research interest and who will direct the graduate student’s research problem. This faculty member will be designated as the student’s committee chair and major professor. It should be emphasized that the committee members must agree to serve and their participation should be solicited by the graduate student, after consultation with the major professor.
Program Competencies1. All students are expected to demonstrate: a. The mastery of course work considered fundamental to the training of a biologist. Required competencies may include the accumulation of knowledge in molecular biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, ecology and evolution. A thesis-track student may elect to specialize in one of the above areas. b. The mastery of supplementary courses selected to enhance the training of a biologist. Supplemental course work, generally, includes statistics and/or computer skills. c. The use of equipment and instruments required for biological research. d. The ability to think analytically, and have a thorough understanding of the scientific method. Students are expected to evaluate published research with respect to experimental design, strengths and weaknesses of data, and validity of research conclusions.2. Thesis students are also expected to demonstrate: a. The ability to write a formal proposal of their intended research projects. The proposal will consist of a literature survey, research objectives, materials and methods, significance, bibliography, and an itemized budget for the research. b. The ability to design original experiments, collect and analyze data, and report the findings through oral and written presentations.
3. Students preparing for post-master's degree professions must develop those competencies required for admission to professional schools or Ph.D.-level graduate programs.Assessment of Competencies1. All students must pass a written exit examination prepared by the BES departmental committee. Additionally, thesis students must pass an oral examination given by the student's graduate committee. It is expected that students attain an 80 percent performance level on the written exit examination, and unanimous approval by the student's graduate committee concerning performance on the final oral examination and research component. Students failing to reach the 80 percent performance level on the written exam may retake the exam one time after a seven-day period.2. Successful data collection using instruments in the student's research meets this goal.3. In-class evaluation of journal research occurs in all graduate courses, and interpretation of scientific articles associated with the student's thesis is evaluated.4. The thesis student's major professor and the graduate program coordinator evaluate all research proposals.5. Thesis students are expected to perform original research and present the data in a formal seminar (BIOL 671) setting to the faculty and students of the BES department. This oral seminar is graded by the faculty in attendance and the averaged score must be 80 percent or above. Students failing to reach the 80 percent performance level must give the seminar to their committees after a seven-day period.
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Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to all unconditionally accepted graduate students. Applications should be filed by April 15 of each year to receive priority consideration; forms are available from the BES graduate coordinator, from the Office of Graduate Programs. You can also apply online. Graduate assistants (GA’s) are appointed for a total of up to two academic years. At present the GA award includes a $10,000 per academic year stipend, and an out-of-state tuition waiver (i.e., out of state students pay in-state rates). GA’s must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 and exhibit satisfactory progress towards the M.S. degree. GA’s are assigned academic-related work assignments totaling 20 hours per week. Ordinarily, assignments are made in their area of interest and include such duties as assisting in and preparing labs, tutoring students, participating in research projects, and other work-related experience which will further his/her academic preparation. Experienced GA’s, having completed 18 hours of graduate course work, may be assigned a three hour workload within the Department of Biology and Chemistry in order to teach freshman labs.A GA is considered as an academic training position and professionalism must be maintained in the everyday duties. Awardees are provided with specific keys to Biology labs, an office space, and the right to buy a faculty/staff parking sticker.In addition to the GA application, three letters of reference and acceptable G.R.E. scores must be completed before any assistantship may be awarded
Endowment for Science FellowshipThe Endowment for Science Fellowship is a graduate assistantship available to qualified African-American students. The award includes a $9,500 per year stipend, an out-of state tuition waiver, and free dormitory residence. The application process, qualifications and conditions are the same as those for the graduate assistantships described above.
Graduates with an M.S. in Biology go on to pursue doctoral programs and continue to do research in a variety of interesting fields, as well as sharing that knowledge in the classroom. Career Areas Doctoral program Teaching professor Research Biotechnology
Department of Biology and Chemistry103 Lappin HallMorehead, KY 40351
Biology Graduate Program CoordinatorDr. David Smith301H Lappin HallMorehead, KY 40351
Dept. Phone 606-783-2945Grad Coordinator Phone 606-783-2322
E-mail: email@example.comE-mail: Dr. David Smith, grad program coordinator
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