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2. 1 Graduate Student Handbook Neuroscience Program Michigan State University Revised Fall 2009 By David Kreulen, Ph.D. Graduate Affairs Committee Chair Adriana Feldpausch Neuroscience Program Graduate Secretary Originally Prepared by: Peter Cobbett, Ph.D. Pharmacology Department Juli Wade, Ph.D. Psychology/Zoology Department Michael Grotewiel, Ph.D. Zoology Department Steven Heidemann, Ph.D. Physiology Department 3. 2 Table of Contents Requirements and Expectations for Students Pursuing the Ph.D. Degree in Neuroscience 5 NSP Degree Requirements/Program of Study 5 Global Expectations 7 Courses 7 Course Waiver Policy 7 Required 8 Other Neuroscience-Related Courses, Possible Electives 9 Other Required Activities 9 The Comprehensive Examination 11 Intent 11 Design 12 Dissertation Research 13 Selection of a Major Advisor and Guidance Committee 13 Oral Presentation and Defense of Written Dissertation Research Proposal 14 Oral Presentation and Defense of Written Dissertation 14 Evaluations 15 First Year 15 Subsequent Years 16 Financial Aid 18 Stipends for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows 18 Office of Financial Aid 19 Neuroscience Program Policies 20 Admission 20 General Policy 20 Applicants Whose Native Language Is Not English 21 Readmission 21 Registration Procedures 21 Educational Records 22 Work Hours and Vacation Time 23 Mail 23 Electronic Mail 23 Telephone 23 Neuroscience Program Committees 23 Neuroscience Program Advisory Committee 23 Graduate Affairs Committee 24 Graduate Student Council 24 University Policies 24 Academic Policies 24 Academic Standards 24 Time Limits 25 Research Involving Human Or Animal Subjects Or Hazardous Substances 26 Residence 27 Transfer Credits 27 Graduate Assistant Illness/Injury/Pregnancy Leave Policy 27 Work in Absentia 27 Language Requirement 27 Student Travel Policy 27 Foreign Travel 28 Special Information For Foreign Students 29 Minimum Requirements For Admission 29 4. 3 English Language Proficiency 29 Visa Information 30 Teaching Assignments for International Students 30 Office For International Students and Scholars (OISS) 30 Health Insurance 31 Orientation 31 Support Services 31 University Resources and Services for Graduate Students 31 Academic Facilities 31 Student Services 31 Michigan State University Library 32 Computer Center 32 Bookstore 32 Learning Resources Center 32 Service Learning Center 33 The Writing Center 33 Career Development & Placement Services 33 CIC Traveling Scholar Program 33 Health Facilities 33 Health Insurance 33 Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities 34 Counseling Center 34 Olin Health Center 34 Womens Resource Center 34 Intramural Sports Facilities 34 Transportation and Parking On Campus 34 Parking On Campus 34 Buses 35 Bikes 35 Graduate Student Organizations 35 Council of Graduate Students (COGS) 35 Faculty-Professional Womans Association 36 University Guides and References 36 Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities 36 Funding Guide 36 Resource Guide 36 Academic Programs 37 The COGS Graduate Student Handbook 37 Spartan Life 37 The Schedule of Courses and Academic Handbook 37 The Faculty and Staff Directory 37 The Graduate School Guide to the Preparation of Masters Theses And Doctoral Dissertations 37 The Graduate Post 37 COGS-NIZANCE 37 MSU News Bulletin 38 The State News 38 Directory of Frequently Contacted Offices 38 Program 38 College 38 University 38 Appendices 39 A. Course Waiver Form 40 B. Research Forum Requirement Form 41 C. Teaching Requirement Form 42 D. Responsible Research Requirement Form 43 5. 4 E. Record of Comprehensive Examinations 44 F. Report of the Guidance Committee 45 G. NSP Dissertation Proposal Oral Defense Form 46 H. Application for Graduation 47 I. Record of Dissertation and Oral Examination 48 J. Annual Student Progress Report 49 K. Employment Eligibility Form (I-9) 50 L. Travel Voucher 51 M. Conflict Resolution 52 N. Laboratory Rotations Evaluation Form 53 6. 5 I. REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS PURSUING THE PH.D. DEGREE IN NEUROSCIENCE A. NSP Degree Requirements/ Program of Study (to be completed in approximately 5 yrs): Year 1 Coursework Research Other Required Activities Fall PHM 827- Excitable Cells (4cr) PHM 830- Experimental Design and Data Analysis (Fall of every year, 3cr) OR PSY 815- Statistics (every Fall, 4cr) NEU 890- Rotation # 1 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Research Forum (Do not enroll, attend required sessions) Begin attending Responsible Conduct of Research workshops and Conflict Resolution series. 1 Spring NEU 839- Systems Neuroscience (4cr) NEU 806- Neuroscience Methods (3cr) NEU 890- Rotation # 2 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Research Forum (Do not enroll, attend required sessions) Summer Pre-thesis research Choose thesis advisor/lab Form PhD guidance committee Year 2 Fall NEU 804- Molec/Devt Neurobiology (3cr) NEU 800 Research Forum (enroll, 1 cr) Statistics (if not taken in yr 1) Pre-thesis research Attend NSP Thursday seminar Research Forum (Enroll and attend required sessions) Spring PSY 811- Behavioral Neuroscience (3cr) NEU 800 Research Forum (enroll, 1 cr) Pre-thesis research Attend NSP Thursday seminar Research Forum (Enroll and attend required sessions) Summer Pre-thesis research Comprehensive Exam: Standardized Portion Meet w/ PhD committee 1 The Neuroscience Program requires graduate students to attend and obtain completion certificate for Responsible Conduct of Research and Conflict Resolution workshops sponsored by the Graduate School that have been approved by the Neuroscience Program (see page10 for more information.) 7. 6 Year 3 Fall NEU 800 Research Forum (enroll, 1cr) Advanced Elective (encouraged) Thesis Research enroll in NEU 9992 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Dissertation proposal seminar and defense Spring NEU 800 Research Forum (enroll, 1cr) Thesis Research NEU 999 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Dissertation proposal (if not done in Fall) Summer Thesis Research NEU 999 Meet w/ PhD committee Year 4 Fall NEU 800- Research Forum (enroll, 1cr) Graduate seminar (encouraged) Thesis Research NEU 999 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Spring NEU 800- Research Forum (enroll, 1cr) Thesis Research NEU 999 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Summer Thesis Research NEU 999 Meet w/ PhD committee Year 5 Graduate seminar (encouraged) NEU 800 Research Forum (enroll, 1cr) Thesis Research NEU 999 Attend NSP Thursday seminar Thesis seminar and defense 2 MSU requires a minimum of 24 hours of NEU 999 to earn a PhD. These are credit hours for thesis research. While students can enroll in NEU 999 at any time once a thesis lab is identified, students customarily enroll in NEU 999 upon passing their comprehensive exam, typically at the end of year 2. 8. 7 B. Global Expectations There are many requirements for the successful completion of a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. Ph.D. students must enroll in all of the required courses listed below and perhaps other courses chosen in conjunction with their dissertation committee. To continue in good standing as a degree candidate in the Neuroscience Program, each student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00. Students must achieve a grade of not less than 2.0 to earn course credit. In parallel with these courses, students will complete two laboratory rotations during the first year and should choose a dissertation laboratory at the completion of the second rotation. Neuroscience graduate students are expected to attend the weekly Neuroscience Seminar series and Research Forum. Students must gain teaching experience by serving as a course assistant or course instructor for at least one semester, preferably in their second year. To be a successful graduate student, students must also vigorously read, understand, and have a working command of the relevant research literature. Under the guidance of their dissertation advisor, students are expected to conduct experiments at the highest scholarly level, which will lead to high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals and ultimately the completion of the dissertation. It is our hope that each student will earn the Ph.D. in approximately 5 years. Failure to meet program, college and university deadlines or to complete the PhD degree in a timely fashion will remove the student from in good standing status and jeopardize funding. Students should expect a gradual shift in responsibility during their training. In the early months, the students primary focus will be on excelling in his/her course work and laboratory rotations. The student will then transition to spending the vast majority of his/her time conducting experiments in the laboratory while still maintaining his/her participation in other Neuroscience Program training activities. Graduate school in the Neurosciences is a serious, full time commitment. Students should anticipate studying intensely for their courses and working very diligently in the laboratory, generally at the same time. All of the faculty members in the Neuroscience Program have very high expectations of the graduate students, and students should be prepared to energetically pursue every aspect of their training. In contrast to undergraduate education, training for the Ph.D. degree requires you to be an extremely active participant in your education. You must be sharply focused during your graduate school years to earn the Ph.D. degree. The Guidelines for Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Relationships ( outline the responsibilities of the Neuroscience Program, Faculty Advisor, Guidance Committee, and graduate student in graduate education and research training. C. Laboratory Rotations Except under extraordinary circumstances and with prior approval of the Director, all students must complete at least two laboratory rotations. Faculty members su


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