section III, article 2
Research is a daily practice for most scholars and the constancy of research effort can make it difficult to recognize growth. Course grades and milestones are intended to help scholars assess their skills, celebrating accomplishments and setting goals for improvement.
Research progress for chemistry graduate scholars is assessed through:
- research for credit
- milestone assessments
Scholars should also seek regular feedback from their primary mentor, lab members, and others within their professional network. Research effort requires perseverance and customization that cannot be fully prescribed by the graduate program on the scholar’s behalf. Setbacks and failures can be progress. Activities that scholars may draw on to enhance their research effort include, but are not limited to:
- conference attendance
- conference presentations
- regular attendance at department seminars
- attendance at industry Q&As
- PDS activities through LGS, including career coaching, proposal development support, and writing groups
- reading the literature
- independent study
- supplemental courses, “short” courses”, and other training
Research Effort and Assessment Through Coursework
Scholars should enroll in research credit to reflect their research effort throughout their time in the chemistry graduate program. The appropriate courses are:
- CHEM 599R (pre-candidacy)
- CHEM 799R (post-candidacy)
The research credit guidance below should be used to determine how many hours of research credit are appropriate in any given semester. Scholars may not enroll in more hours than indicated by this guidance and are encouraged not to enroll in less hours in most cases. In extraordinary circumstances, scholars may petition the DGS to increase or decrease research credit.
Research Credit Guidance for First Year Scholars
First Semester: 0 hours of CHEM 599R (research effort will be evaluated via enrollment in CHEM 504: Rotations)
Second Semester: 3 hours of CHEM 599R
Research Credit Guidance for Advanced Scholars
Engaged in Full Time Research, no Advanced TA: 12 hours of CHEM 599R/799R
Engaged in Research & 10 hours Advanced TA: 10 hours CHEM 599R/799R
Engaged in Research & 20 hours of Advanced TA: 9 hours CHEM 599R/799R
The Director of Graduate Studies is the instructor of record for all research coursework. Grades are determined via a mid-semester and end-of-semester assessment provided by the primary research mentor. Specifically, scholars performance will be assessed as falling into one of the following categories:
- Progressing well, no concerns (on track to receive an “S” grade)
- Some concerns will need improvement (possible “U” grade)
- Major concerns, needs significant improvement (probable “U” grade)
At mid-semester, scholars who receive an assessment of “some concerns” or “major concerns” are advised to request a meeting with both their primary research mentor and the DGS to discuss strategies for improving their research performance.
At the end of the semester, scholars must receive a final assessment of “progressing well, no concerns” to earn an “S” grade in CHEM 599R/799R . Otherwise, scholars will receive a “U” grade in research and be placed on probation.
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