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Contents
Preface
Philosophy
Admission Policies
Requirements for the Degree:
I. Time Limits for Degrees
II. Supervisory Committee
III. Required Courses
IV. Teaching Requirement
V. Program of Studies
VI. MS Prospectus
VII. PhD Proposal
VIII. Graduate Examinations
IX. Timetable
Annual Reviews
Financial Support
Registration
Miscellaneous
Appendices:
I: Residency
II: Student Travel
III: Dual Compensation
IV: English Competency
V: Graduate Appeals Policy
VI: Teaching Assistants Manual
VII: Neuroscience Program
Detailed Contents

REGISTRATION

All Thesis MS and PhD students, whether funded or not, are required to register for 12 hours each term, including summer. Students in the Course-type MS program may be enrolled part-time with the approval of the Program Director.

Exceptions

1. Completion of Program Requirements

Students who have completed all program requirements (including research) except for the thesis/dissertation writing and defense, and who have missed the final University graduation deadline at the end of the semester, must register for 2 hours (non-US residents one hour) of BSC 5971 (Thesis Research) or BSC 6980 (Dissertation Research) in the next semester in order to complete their degree. This will be allowed with the following stipulations:

A. the student will not be eligible for departmental or university support.

B. the student is not to be using University facilities (laboratory, office space, library, etc.) or personnel except those that are directly required for the student to complete the writing and defense of her/his thesis or dissertation.

C. submit to the Graduate Office a timely, supervisory committee-signed memo of approval for such absence (your major professor and other committee members must be aware that your research has indeed been completed and give approval for such absence).

Students who have not completed their degree and who leave campus to take a position elsewhere must register for 2 hours (non-US residents one hour) of BSC 5971 (Thesis Research) or BSC 6980 (Dissertation Research) each semester until graduation in order to remain in the graduate program.

2. Off-Campus Scholarly Endeavors

Students may request permission to participate in research or collaborative study beyond the university campus for a maximum of one term per academic year. The request must be approved by the student’s major professor, the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, and the Department Chair. The student is not required to enroll at the University or register for university courses during this off-campus term. The student will not be given a departmental appointment, and the student should not utilize faculty time, laboratories, and other facilities provided by the University during this off-campus term. There will be no change in the total number of hours required for the degree. Students must still comply with the Graduate School’s continuous enrollment policy (see the FSU Graduate Bulletin, Academic Regulations and Procedures, Continuous Enrollment).

Students conducting off-campus research beyond one semester, and not using University facilities (laboratory, office space, library) or personnel:

A. will not be eligible for departmental or university support.

B. must submit to the Graduate Office a timely, supervisory committee-signed memo of approval for such absence(s).

C. must register for at least 2 hours (non-US residents one hour) of either BSC 5971 (Thesis Research) or BSC 6980 (Dissertation Research), as appropriate, each semester thus absent. Those PhD students who have not passed their Preliminary Examination should register for BSC 5900 (DIS) instead of BSC 6980. However, such absence(s) should not delay the Preliminary Examination.

In rare instances, students in their final year who are off campus conducting research and who need to use University facilities and personnel on only a limited basis, will be required to register for 4 thesis/dissertation research hours for each semester, except the final term which will be full-time hours.

3. Leave of Absence for Medical or Family Issues

Under extraordinary circumstances, students may request permission to take a one-term leave of absence for medical or family reasons. The request must be approved by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and the Department Chair. The student is not required to enroll at the University or register for university courses during this off-campus term. The student will not be given a departmental appointment, and the student should not utilize faculty time, laboratories, and other facilities provided by the University during this off-campus term. There will be no change in the total number of hours required for the degree. Students must still comply with the Graduate School’s continuous enrollment policy (see the FSU Graduate Bulletin, Academic Regulations and Procedures, Continuous Enrollment).

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