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    Microbiology Graduate Student Handbook 2016

    A handbook to guide students through PhD and MS Programs in

    Microbiology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    Produced by the

    The Department of Microbiology

    College of Arts & Sciences

    The University of Tennessee

    Effective Date: August 1, 2016

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    Contents Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................... 5

    Department Head Welcome Statement ........................................................................................................................... 5

    Purpose of this Handbook ................................................................................................................................................ 5

    About the Department ..................................................................................................................................................... 5

    Contact information for graduate students ...................................................................................................................... 6

    Beginning Graduate Studies in Microbiology .................................................................................................................... 7

    General Duties and requirements for graduate students .................................................................................................. 7

    Purpose of laboratory rotations ................................................................................................................................... 7

    Procedures/guidelines for setting-up laboratory rotations ........................................................................................... 7

    Rotation expectations .................................................................................................................................................. 8

    Selection of a thesis/dissertation advisor ..................................................................................................................... 9

    Research expectations ....................................................................................................................................................10

    Ethical and behavioral expectations ............................................................................................................................10

    Selection of Courses ....................................................................................................................................................10

    Course Load ................................................................................................................................................................11

    Minimum GPA Requirement .......................................................................................................................................11

    Assistantships and Fellowships ....................................................................................................................................11

    Graduate Student Employee Insurance ...........................................................................................................................13

    Fees ................................................................................................................................................................................13

    International Students ....................................................................................................................................................14

    Residency Status .........................................................................................................................................................14

    Responsibility in Progression to Degree ..........................................................................................................................15

    Description of Programs of Graduate Study ....................................................................................................................15

    Master of Science (M.S.) - Microbiology ......................................................................................................................15

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Microbiology ................................................................................................................15

    Degree Progression .........................................................................................................................................................16

    The first year ...............................................................................................................................................................16

    Sample timetable: The First Year of Study ...................................................................................................................16

    After the first year .......................................................................................................................................................17

    Courses of Study .............................................................................................................................................................18

    General Course ...........................................................................................................................................................18

    Requirements .............................................................................................................................................................18

    Formal Courses ...........................................................................................................................................................20

    General Seminar (MICR 595) 1-hr, not graded .............................................................................................................21

    Journal Clubs 1-hr, graded ...........................................................................................................................................21

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    Advanced Topics Courses 1-3 hr, graded .....................................................................................................................21

    Grant Writing (MICR 594) 3-hr, graded ........................................................................................................................21

    Colloquium (MICR 515 or 615) 1-hr, graded ................................................................................................................22

    Lab Rotation (MICR 596) 3-hr, graded .........................................................................................................................22

    Other Seminars ...........................................................................................................................................................22

    Thesis Research (MICR 500) or Doctoral Research (MICR 600) .....................................................................................22

    Master Degree in Science (M.S.) .....................................................................................................................................22

    M.S. Requirements......................................................................................................................................................22

    M.S. Thesis Committee................................................................................................................................................23

    M.S. Research Proposal ...............................................................................................................................................23

    Switching mid-stream from a M.S. to a Ph.D................................................................................................................23

    The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) ....................................................................................................................24

    Requirements .............................................................................................................................................................24

    Doctoral Committee ....................................................................................................................................................24

    How to have a successful committee meeting .................................................................................................................25

    The Comprehensive Examination ....................................................................................................................................25

    Written component ....................................................................................................................................................26

    Plagiarism ...................................................................................................................................................................27

    Oral component (defense of proposal) ........................................................................................................................28

    Criteria for Evaluation of the Comprehensive Exam Research Proposal .......................................................................29

    Assessment of Comprehensive Examina