Graduate and Undergraduate

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Graduate Issues
Crop & Soil Sciences
Fall 2012
Miguel Cabrera - Graduate Coordinator
Vivienne Sturgill – Academic Advisor II
Overview
 Graduate Student Population
 New GRE Test
 Admission Process
 Major Professor Responsibilities
 Graduate Areas of Emphasis
CRSS Student Population = 49*
Category
Female
Graduate Students
14 (29%)
M.S
25
Ph.D
21
MPPM
3
*Includes 7 M.S. students and 5 Ph.D. students starting Fall 2012
Overview
 Graduate Student Population
 New GRE Test
 Admission Process
 Major Professor Responsibilities
 Graduate Areas of Emphasis
New GRE Test
• Old GRE: 800 Verbal; 800 Quantitative
• Old GRE: Maximum score – 1600
• New GRE: 170 Verbal; 170 Quantitative
• New GRE: Maximum score - 340
Admission Criteria
Ph.D. Students
GRE GPA
Dept
300
M.S. Students
GRE
GPA
>=3.5
300
295
290
>= 3.0
>= 3.2
>= 3.4
Grad. Sch. N.A >= 3.0
N.A
>= 3.0
• Students with GPA > 3.5 and GRE > 305 can be nominated
for a Graduate School Assistantship (February of each year)
Overview
 Graduate Student Population
 New GRE Test
 Admission Process
 Major Prof. Responsibilities
 Graduate Areas of Emphasis
Graduate Student Admission Process
Student application
3 Athens
1 Griffin
1 Tifton
Not acceptable
Graduate Committee
Non-degree student?
Acceptable (Placed on website)
Not accepted
Major Professor ?
Major Professor
Funds
Not accepted
Graduate School
Accepted
Overview
 Graduate Student Population
 New GRE Test
 Admission Process
 Major Prof. Responsibilities
 Graduate Areas of Emphasis
Major Prof. Responsibilities
• Notify Graduate Coordinator (student
arrival)
• Provide access to computer/printer
• Assist student with timely submission of:
– Advisory Committee
– Program of Study
– Research Proposal
Submission Deadlines
Advisory
Committee &
Program of Study
Research
Proposal
1st semester
2nd semester
Ph.D. Students 2nd semester
2nd semester
M.S. Students
• Major Professors with students who do not meet deadlines
may not receive cost-shared assistantships.
Advisory Committee
• M.S. – 3 members
– One member can be non-UGA
• Ph.D. – 5 members
– One member from another department
– One member can be non-UGA
• Co-Major Professors count as 1
member
Program of Study
• Requirements for all students
– At least one course in Statistics
– CRSS 8100 Graduate Seminar
• Guided teaching experience (CRSS
7990/9990 or education course)
– Mandatory for Ph.D. students
– Suggested for M.S. students
• Continuous enrollment (at least 3 cr in
two out of three semesters if not GRA)
• If GRA, 18 credit hours per semester
Submit Grades for Research Hours
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Submit grades online when requested
All terms, including summer!
Go to Registrar’s Office website
If grades are not submitted online,
forms have to be signed, faxed, etc.
Student Name
Major Professor
ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT EVALUATION
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Due May 30
Degree Objective
No of Semesters in Degree Program ______
1. PROGRESS TOWARDS DEGREE (to be completed for all students by Advisory
Committee)
Advisory Committee selected, approved
Program of Study approved
Research Proposal submitted, approved
This student is making satisfactory progress towards degree. YES NO (please circle
one)
If NO above, please write a detailed description of why and/or how this student is NOT
progressing, and suggest actions to be taken to remedy this situation during the
following semester:
__________
Major Prof.
2. COMPLETION OF GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP DUTIES (to be completed
by Major Professor for GRA and by supervising instructor for GTA)
This student is a GRA GTA (please circle one).
Name of Supervising Instructor (if GTA):
Brief description of specific assigned duties:
This student is satisfactorily completing all duties assigned as part of
assistantship. YES NO.
If NO above, please write a detailed description why and/or how this student is
NOT completing all duties assigned as part of assistantship, and suggest actions
to be taken to remedy this situation during the following semester. For GTA,
please attach copies of student evaluations completed for the course taught.
_________________________
Supervisor Signature
I have reviewed this evaluation. My signature below does not necessarily signify
concurrence.
_________________________
Student Signature
Progress towards degree
• Adequate progress towards degree:
1) Satisfactory academic performance,
2) Compliance with departmental deadlines for
submission of advisory committee, program of
study, and research proposal,
3) Adequate research progress as assessed by
the student’s Advisory Committee.
Exams
• Graduate School has to be notified
of date of Preliminary Oral Exam at
least 2 weeks in advance
• Not more than one negative vote is
allowed for Preliminary Exams and
Final Exams
• If the Major Professor’s vote is
negative the student fails the exam
Overview
 Graduate Student Population
 New GRE Test
 Admission Process
 Major Prof. Responsibilities
 Graduate Areas of Emphasis
Graduate Areas of Emphasis
• Students would like an area of
emphasis for their M.S. or Ph.D.
degrees in Crop & Soil Sciences
• Graduate School allows Area of
Emphasis with minimum of 9 credit
hours of specified courses
Area of Emphasis: Soils
• Select 9 credit hours out of the following courses:
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CRSS 8000 Soil & Water Chemistry
CRSS 8600 Advanced Soil Physics: Numerical Methods
CRSS(ECOL) 8650 Nutrient Cycling Models
PBIO(CRSS)(FORS)(ECOL) 8850-8850L. Terrestrial
Biogeochemical Cycling
CRSS 6540 – Pedology
CRSS 6580 – Soil Erosion and Conservation
CRSS 6590 – Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
CRSS 6600 - Soil Physics
CRSS 6610 – Soil Microbiology
CRSS 6670 – Environmental Soil Chemistry
Thank you!
Questions/Comments?
[email protected]
Undergraduate Issues
CRSS Enrollment Trends
2012
2011
2010
Athens
Griffin
Tifton
2009
2008
2007
0
20
40
60
80
100
# Students Enrolled/Yr
120
140
Major in Sustainable Agriculture
• Student demand
• Currently dispersed in certificates and
programs throughout UGA and in units
with minimal agricultural expertise
• Addition of several faculty with expertise in
the area
Other Universities with Programs
• University of Minnesota -Sustainable Agriculture
Minor
• Penn State – Agroecology Major
• Iowa State – Agroecology Area Emphasis
• University of Kentucky – Sustainable Agriculture
major and minor
• North Carolina State University – Agroecology
Concentration within Plant & Soil Science major
• University of Maine – Sustainable Agriculture
Major
• University of Wisconsin – Ecological Sciences
area of study within Agronomy
Draft of Program
• Crops (choose 3)
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AESC 3080
AESC 4520
CRSS 4010
CRSS 4260
CRSS 4930
HORT 4430
HORT 4440
• Soils (choose 3)
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AESC 3126
CRSS 3060
CRSS 4580
CRSS 4590
• Pest Management
– ENTO (CRSS) 4740
• Policy (choose 2)
– EETH(AESC) 4190
– ENVM 3060
– FANR 3200
• Human Dimensions (choose 2)
– SOCI 3400
– ANTH 4262
– ANTH 4060
• Required Intern or Research
project
• Electives
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AESC 3020, 3030, APTC 4050,
CRSS 4340, ENTO 3740, ENVM
4380, PATH 3530
• AESC 4520 would be taught
as summer field experience
Issues
• Impact on enrollment in other
departmental majors
• Conflicts with other departments
– Horticulture is looking to develop major in
Local Food Systems
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