- Phil Holmes, Chair of the Neuroscience Program – firstname.lastname@example.org
- James Lauderdale, Graduate Coordinator – email@example.com
- Abigail Butcher, Graduate Coordinating Assistant – firstname.lastname@example.org
Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute
Tucker Hall 422
310 E Campus Road
Athens, GA 30602
Students must follow the requirements of the Neuroscience Program and the Graduate School to remain in good standing. Specifically, students must:
- Have a major advisor and/or be actively engaged in research rotations
- Maintain a cumulative graduate course average of 3.0 or above
- Be admitted to candidacy by the end of the third year in residence
- Maintain satisfactory performance (i.e., obtain a grade “S”) in research courses (8920L, 9000).
- Hold annual dissertation advisory committee meetings
- Complete all requirements and defend the dissertation by the end of or the end of the sixth year (Ph.D.)
Graduate students who do not maintain good standing may be placed on academic probation by the Graduate School and/or the Neuroscience Program Administration. Students with a cumulative graduate course average below 3.0 for two consecutive terms are placed on academic probation by the Graduate School. They must attain a 3.0 or higher semester graduate grade average each succeeding semester that their overall cumulative graduate average is below 3.0. These students are no longer on probation when their cumulative graduate grade average is 3.0 or above. If you make below a 3.0 semester grade average while on probation, you are dismissed from the program by the Graduate School. Note you must take a course with a letter grade (A-F) to improve your GPA. S/U grades do not count toward your GPA.
Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding academic matters. An appeal must be made within thirty days after receiving the written (or e-mail) ruling and students should ask the Chair of the Neuroscience Program what procedures are appropriate. Grades are appealed within in the department and college which they are earned, which may not be the student’s major department or college. In general, appeals should begin at the level at which the decision was made. Therefore, in the case of grades, a student would begin with the instructor. If students are dissatisfied with the outcome of the initial appeal to the instructor the Head of Department should be contacted to seek resolution. After the Department, the graduate students’ next line of appeal is to the Dean’s office of the Graduate School. For appeals regarding departmental program decisions, the first level is to the Graduate Coordinator, then to the Chair of the Neuroscience Program.
Employment outside the Department is strongly discouraged. Successful graduate study is, at minimum, a full-time endeavor. The faculty of the Institute works very hard to maintain the stipend at its maximum, allowable level (within the limits set by the State Government acting through the University Board of Regents). The stipend provides sufficient income for the expected cost of living of a graduate student in Athens, leaving little justification for undertaking other outside employment.
All graduate students have the right to have their grievances heard and to seek appropriate changes in their academic or research programs. Grievances about grades are handled through an appeal process that runs through the instructor to the Graduate Coordinator, to the Program Chair and finally to the Vice President of Research.
Grievances about the Graduate Program are initially handled internally. Should a grievance arise, the student’s first course of action is to discuss it with the Graduate Coordinator’s Assistant and/or their major professor and/or Advisory Committee. Only if the problem cannot be solved at this level should the student seek to present his or her grievance to the Graduate Coordinator. The Graduate Coordinator will determine whether the grievance should be referred to the Chair for further evaluation. All students are entitled to have their grievance heard. Grievances are to be brought to the Graduate Coordinator and Chair in writing.