Biology Graduate Studies Committee
1.1 Composition. The Graduate Studies program in the Department of Biology is administered by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, assisted by the Graduate Studies Committee, under the authority of the Head of the Department. Graduate Studies Committee members are appointed on 1 July each year by the Head of the Department, usually for a three-year term. The Graduate Studies Committee consists of the Coordinator, the Head of the Department, five members of staff (including both the Associate Coordinator and, when possible, the Past Coordinator), and one graduate student representative (elected by the graduate students). The Graduate Studies Committee should comprise at least one member from each of the major research areas in the Department. All decisions of the Graduate Studies Committee are subject to approval by the Head of the Department.
1.2 Mandate. The Graduate Studies Committee
- sets standards for admission to graduate studies and recommends students for admission to Graduate School
- maintains the integrity and academic standards of the graduate program
- annually reviews the graduate program, including methods of graduate student assessment and training
- annually reviews the financial support of graduate students, and recommends changes in funding
- evaluates and ranks scholarship candidates
- evaluates briefs from staff or graduate students concerning matters of graduate training in the Department
- formulates departmental policy for graduate studies
- advises individual students or staff members concerning specific matters related to graduate research and training
1.3 Coordinator’s Responsibilities. The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for the operation of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Office and for all issues relating to enrolled students. The Coordinator signs all registration and academic change forms, etc., for continuing students. The Associate Coordinator is responsible for the review and acceptance of prospective graduate students and serves as Acting Coordinator in the absence of the Coordinator.