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Thesis Committee and Program Meeting
The AMP Thesis Committee consists of 4 members of the OSU graduate faculty, at least 2 of whom must be from the Microbiology Program Graduate Faculty. The committee includes a Graduate Council Representative, who serves as advocate for appropriate process.
A Program Meeting will be held during the student's first term as a graduate student (year 1 in graduate school). This meeting cannot be held during the senior Undergraduate year. The Program meeting will cover two aspects: the proposed coursework (Program of Study) and the proposed research (Thesis Outline). This meeting will include all members of the committee. A Program of Study form should be completed during this meeting.
Program of Study (45 graduate credits required; i.e., 500 or 600 level):
a. The required core sequence of 4 courses (6 credits) to be taken during Year 1 of Graduate School: MB 511 Scientific Skills, (1 cr, F); MB 512 Highlights of Microbiology, (1 cr, W); MB 513 Microbial Systems, (3 cr, F); GRAD 520, Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr, all terms and eCampus).
b. 6-15 credits from MB listings or courses relevant to the thesis research offered by other programs IF agreed to by the thesis committee
Students must prepare and submit to the thesis committee an outline of the thesis project. This outline must be sufficiently detailed to enable the thesis committee to evaluate the progress of the student on a yearly basis.
Annual Meeting Requirements
Students are required to meet yearly with their committee to evaluate their progress. The student and major professor must complete the Annual Graduate Student Progress Report form and return it to the Microbiology Graduate Student Advisor (Dr. Bruce Geller) by the end of December each year. Registration for winter term classes requires departmental approval, which will be given upon receipt of the completed progress report.
The Graduate Committee will conduct the final examination. Substitutions may be made if approved by the Program and Graduate School.
The student must contact members of the committee to arrange the date, time, and place of the defense, and then schedule the exam with the Graduate School not less than two weeks before the examination. One copy of the pre-text pages of the thesis must be submitted to the Graduate School. Copies of the thesis should be distributed to all committee members, two weeks prior to the exam. All members of the graduate committee should be physically present at the required graduate exam (for exceptions, see Remote Participation requirements).
The first part of the exam is the thesis presentation portion and is open to anyone. After the thesis seminar and open questions, the committee and student will continue in closed session with the oral examination of the thesis work and its relationship to microbiology.
The major professor will collect completed forms for filing in the Microbiology Office.