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Title: Department of Zoology graduate handbook
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Creator: Department of Zoology, University of Florida
Publisher: Department of Zoology, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2006
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DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY
GRADUATE HANDBOOK
20061



I. General Requirements for All Entering Graduate Students

A. All graduate students (M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D.) must be admitted by the Graduate Committee.
All entering graduate students are expected to have training in biology, physical sciences,
and mathematics sufficient to support graduate-level course work and research. The
minimum requirements that must be met before the end of any degree include courses in at
least 3 of the following 5 areas: Genetics; Physiology; Ecology or Behavior; Evolution or
Morphology; and Cell Biology or Development. Also, 1 year of physical sciences or
mathematics is required. Each applicant's course work and research experience will be
evaluated in light of the interests and plans described by the applicant in his/her Research
Statement. This evaluation is a major part of the admissions decision process. The deadline
for applying can be found on the Zoology Department's webpage (but is usually around
January 1 immediately preceding the Fall term for which admission is requested).

B. The letter of offer will state the type of program to which the student has been admitted. The
Zoology Department includes three degree programs:
Ph.D. degree
M.S. degree Thesis and non-thesis options (intended for students who are not
likely to continue in the Ph.D. program in the Zoology Department)
M.S.T. (Masters of Science in Teaching) degree

C. All entering students are expected to take the Graduate Orientation Seminar their first year.

D. All entering PhD students also are required (and MS students are encouraged) to take
Integrative Principles (Part I the first term and Part II the second term) during their first year.
With the exception of these courses, there are no department-wide specific course
requirements for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Zoology. Each graduate student will follow an
individual program of courses and requirements developed in consultation with his/her major
professor and supervisory committee.

E. All students in the program at the present time or entering the program will be expected to
adhere to the deadlines stated below.

F. Students who enter special graduate programs (e.g., School of Natural Resources and the
Environment; or the Genetics Institute) but under the supervision of a Zoology faculty
member must be reviewed by the Graduate Committee prior to admission (or formal
sponsorship by the faculty member). If the application is supported by the Graduate
Committee (and the sponsoring faculty member), the Department will provide the same
support and obligations to these students (office space, travel awards, etc.) as they do for
the other Zoology graduate students. This is particularly important if financial support and/or
space is not available through the primary sponsoring unit on campus. These students will
be expected to adhere to other requirements and deadlines of the Zoology Department as
enumerated in this handbook, unless the Graduate Committee has been petitioned and



1 This handbook is based on revisions to the 2003 graduate handbook that were accepted by the Zoology faculty at
the October 2005 faculty retreat. This handbook applies to students entering the Zoology program in Fall 2006 and
later.


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approves a waiver, with the exception that: PhD students from other programs with
integrative philosophies (e.g., SNRE) are encouraged (but not required) to take IP.

G. Students in other graduate programs at UF, who desire admission to the Zoology program,
must apply for admission to the Zoology program in accord with the usual deadlines and
conditions. Under exceptional situations, students and the sponsoring faculty member can
petition the Graduate Committee.

H. If Zoology requirements are modified during the tenure of a graduate student (i.e., time since
their admission to their current degree program), the student will have the option of either 1)
being grandfathered under the original guidelines; or 2) adopting the new guidelines. The
student must select the entire handbook (and not pick and choose among the requirements).

II. Entrance

A. All entering graduate students will meet with their major professor or the Graduate
Coordinator (or designee) before their initial registration. At this time, an initial list of courses
will be recommended to make up deficiencies or to enhance the graduate training of the
specific student. This list will be completed at the time of the first committee meeting and will
be transmitted by letter to the graduate committee and placed in the student's file.

B. In the case of students who fail to clear up Zoology deficiencies by the end of the second
year, the Graduate Committee, in consultation with the student's Supervisory Committee, will
determine if the student is to continue in the graduate program, and if so, under what
conditions.

III. Degree Requirements

The requirements listed below are a combination of Graduate School requirements and
Department of Zoology policies. Consult the most recent Graduate Catalog for a more complete
view of Graduate School regulations. In all cases, time lines are given from the date on which
the student first registered as a Zoology graduate student (i.e., from the time of entry into the
program).

A. M.S. Degree Thesis option

1. Residence (M.S.)

None

2. Minimum Course Requirements (M.S.)

30 graduate credits (courses numbered 5000 and above, see Minor) total; 24 credits
in regular course work (i.e., non-ZOO 6971) of which 12 credits are in the major
department. No more than 6 credits of ZOO 6971 (Masters Research) may be
counted toward the total 30 credits. Remedial English courses (ENS 4449, 4450,
5501, 5502, 5503) do not count toward graduation.

3. Minor (M.S.)

If a minor is chosen, at least 6 credits must be taken in the minor department, and
approved courses numbered 3000 and above may be taken and counted toward the
total graduate credits. A representative of the department in which a minor is taken
must be a member of the Supervisory Committee.


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4. Grades (M.S.)


Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

5. Final Semester Registration (M.S.)

A student must register for a minimum of 3 credits in the semester in which he/she
graduates (2 credits if s/he graduates in the summer). Under exceptional
circumstances, a student can petition graduate school to "clear prior" (i.e., if a
student has completed all the requirements for graduation by the first day of classes
of the semester in which s/he will graduate s/he does not have to register in that
semester. The student still must apply for a degree. Clear priors will only be granted
under extenuating circumstances.

6. Supervisory Committee (M.S.)

The student must choose a Supervisory Committee, subject to approval by the
Graduate Committee, by the end of the second semester of M.S. work. At least
three members of the graduate faculty (at least 2 from Zoology) make up an M.S.
Supervisory Committee. One member must be from the department of the minor if a
minor is chosen. See section IV for further information on the composition and
responsibility of the supervisory committee.

7. Thesis (M.S.)

Prepare and present a thesis acceptable to the supervisory committee.

8. Foreign Language Requirement (M.S.)

None

9. Final Comprehensive Oral Examination (M.S.)

A final examination is required. The student may be examined on (a) the thesis, (b)
major subjects, (c) minor(s), and (d) matters of a general nature pertaining to
zoology. All members of the student's committee must be present at the final
examination. The Supervisory Committee may choose to give a written examination
as well.

10. Teaching Requirement (M.S.)

One semester (this is a departmental requirement).

11. "I" Grades (M.S.)

The student must remove all grades of "I" before receiving his/her degree.

12. Thesis Copies (M.S.)

One copy of the thesis must be deposited in the departmental library (see Graduate
School for regulations regarding deposition of thesis in the University Library) or be
made available through the electronic archives of the University of Florida.


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13. Time Limit (M.S.)


An M.S. student is expected to complete his/her degree within 2 years of being
admitted to the program. An M.S. student can expect 2 years of support. Under
exceptional circumstances a student and his/her major professor may petition the
Graduate Committee for an extension of this deadline.

14. Transfer from Thesis to Non-thesis Option (M.S.)

A student who wishes to change from M.S. thesis to M.S.T. or non-thesis option for
the master's degree must obtain permission from his/her Supervisory Committee and
from the Graduate Committee. This permission must be forwarded to the Graduate
School at least one full semester prior to the intended date of graduation. The
candidate must meet all requirements of the non-thesis option. A maximum of 3
credits earned in ZOO 6971 (Master's Research) can be counted toward the degree
requirements only if converted to credit as Individual Work (ZOO 6905).

15. Transfer from M.S. to Ph.D. program (M.S.)

A M.S. student may, under exceptional circumstances, move into the Ph.D. program
through two methods:

i. Apply to the Ph.D. program, successfully defend the M.S. thesis and be
admitted to the Ph.D. program.

ii. Petition. A M.S. student making good progress towards a Ph.D. program
may request that they be transferred to the Ph.D. program. The request
must be submitted by March 1st of their second year in the program (or
November 1st for a student who entered the program in January). Written
approval or denial by the Graduate Committee will be provided by April 1 st
(or December 1 St for a November request).

The request consists of 4 parts:
1. a letter of intent to the Graduate Committee including the proposed
membership of the Ph.D. advisory committee and a timeline for
milestones (e.g., qualifying exam, defense of dissertation);
2. a three page research plan for the Ph.D., including progress to date
(e.g., research accomplishments, data, manuscripts);
3. 3 letters of evaluation from 3 different faculty members, including the
M.S. chairperson, the proposed Ph.D. chairperson, and 1 or 2 other
faculty members who have served on the M.S. committee and know
the student's work;
4. the student's CV and copies of any manuscripts related to the
proposed Ph.D. research.

If the petition is approved, time limits for qualifying exam, time in program,
and support will apply from the date the student entered the Zoology
program (i.e., as if they were originally taken into the Ph.D. program): see
Ph.D. program for details.


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B. M.S.T. Degree and non-thesis M.S. Degree

1. Residence (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

None

2. Minimum Course Requirements (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

32 graduate credits (courses numbered 5000 and above, see Minor) in courses
giving regular grades (not S/U graded courses); 16 in the Zoology Department at the
5000 level or above. No credits in ZOO 6971 or ZOO 7980 are applicable. For
M.S.T., 36 graduate credits are required, 18 in Zoology, 5000 level or above.
Remedial English courses (ENS 4449, 4450, 5501, 5502, 5503) do NOT count
toward graduation.

3. Minor (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

If a minor is chosen, at least 6 credits must be taken in the minor department and
approved courses numbered 3000 and above may be taken and counted toward the
total graduate credits. A representative of the department in which the minor is
taken must be a member of the Supervisory Committee.

4. Grades (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

5. Final Semester Registration (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

Students who are registered and who have completed all requirements for a
graduate degree after the deadline, but before the beginning of classes of the next
term, may receive the degree in the next term without registering. The student must
apply for the degree by the specified deadline (see Graduate School Deadlines).

6. Supervisory Committee (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

See III, A, 6.

7. Foreign Language Requirement (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

None

8. Comprehensive Examination (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

Students must pass a final comprehensive oral examination, covering Zoology and
the minor(s). All members of the student's committee must be present at the final
oral exam. The student's committee may choose to pose written questions in
addition to oral questions.

9. Teaching Requirement (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

One semester for non-thesis M.S. For M.S.T., 6 credits in ZOO 6943 (Internship in
College Teaching) are required. This can be either 3 two-hour labs, one in each of 3
semesters or 2 three-hour labs. Three years of successful teaching experience may
be substituted for the internship requirement, and credits thus made available may
be used for further work in the major, the minor, or in education.


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10. Other Courses Required for M.S.T. Only


One course is required from each of the following 3 areas: college curriculum,
psychological foundations of education, and sociological foundations of education.
See Graduate Coordinator for list of acceptable courses.

11. "I" Grades (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

The student must remove all grades of "I" before receiving the degree.

12. Time Limit (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

All requirements must be completed within 2 years from entry into the program. M.S.
and M.S.T. students can expect 2 years of support. Under exceptional
circumstances a student and his/her major professor may petition the Graduate
Committee for an extension of this deadline.

13. Switching to a M.S. in Zoology (M.S.T./non-thesis M.S.)

Students cannot switch from a M.S.T. program to an M.S. in Zoology. An M.S.T.
student wishing to obtain a M.S. in Zoology must apply to the M.S. program following
the typical procedures and deadlines.

A student who wishes to change from M.S. non-thesis to M.S. thesis option must
obtain permission from his/her Supervisory Committee and from the Graduate
Committee. The candidate must meet all requirements of the thesis option.

C. Ph.D. Degree

1. Residence (Ph.D.)

The policy states: "Beyond the first 30 hours counted toward the doctoral degree,
student must complete 30 hours in residence at the University of Florida campus or
at an approved branch station of the University of Florida Agricultural Experiment
Stations or the Graduate Engineering and Research Center".

2. Course Requirements (Ph.D.)

Minimum requirement is 90 semester hours (5000 level or above in Zoology, 3000
level or above outside the department). Those having an M.S. in Zoology will
automatically receive 30-semester hours credit towards the 90 hour total. If more
than 30 credit hours are earned while obtaining an M.S. in Zoology at the University
of Florida, all will count toward the 90 credit hours required for the Ph.D. Remedial
English courses (ENS 4449, 4450, 5501,5502, 5503) do not count toward
graduation.

3. Minor (Ph.D.)

If a minor is chosen, 12-24 credits should be taken in the minor department; if two
minors are chosen then at least 12 credits should be taken in each. At least 12
credits for each minor must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.

4. Grades (Ph.D.)

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.


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5. Final Semester Registration (Ph.D.)


Students who are registered and who have completed all requirements for a
graduate degree after the deadline, but before the beginning of classes of the next
term, may receive the degree in the next term without registration. The student must
apply for the degree by the specified deadline (see Graduate School Deadlines).

6. Supervisory Committee (Ph.D.)

The student must choose a Supervisory Committee, subject to approval by the
Graduate Committee, by the end of the second semester in the Ph.D. program. The
Supervisory Committee consists of 5 or more members of the Graduate Faculty, at
least 3 from Zoology and 1 from another department. The chairperson and 2 other
members must be from the Department of Zoology and have graduate faculty status.
One member must be from each department the student has designated as a minor.
The Graduate Committee must approve of the Supervisory Committee. (Please
note: an outside member is not outside the University of Florida. An outside member
resides within the University of Florida but outside the Department of Zoology). A
member external to UF may be awarded Graduate Faculty status, based on a
petition to the Graduate School, but they cannot count as the "outside" member.
See section IV for further information on the composition and responsibility of the
supervisory committee.

7. Foreign Language Requirement (Ph.D.)

None

8. Admission to Candidacy (Ph.D.)

a. A graduate student does not become an actual candidate for the Ph.D. until
granted formal admission to candidacy. Admission requires the following:
(a) the student has successfully completed all courses required upon entry
into the program; (b) there are no "I" grades; (c) the student has formed a
Supervisory Committee; (d) the student successfully completed the oral
exam; the student successfully completed the written exam, and (e) the
student's research proposal was approved.

b. Admission to candidacy requires approval by the student's major professor,
the Supervisory Committee, the departmental Chairperson, the Graduate
Committee, the Dean of CLAS and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Application for admission to candidacy (handled by the Departmental
Graduate Program Assistant) should be made as soon as the oral and
written exams are passed and the Supervisory Committee has approved the
dissertation proposal.

c. Qualifying Exam. The qualifying exam has three components: oral exam,
written exam, and a research proposal defense.

1. The Written Exam:

A written examination conducted by the student's Supervisory
Committee. The exam will cover the major and minor subjects as well
as more general questions related to biology, although the exact
composition will be up to the discretion of the Supervisory Committee.
The written exams will be given prior to the oral exam and answers


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provided to the Supervisory Committee at least 1 week prior to the oral
examination. The outcome is either "pass" or "fail".

2. The Oral Exam:

An oral examination will be conducted by the Supervisory Committee,
and will cover the major and minor subjects as well as more general
questions related to biology, although the exact composition will be up
to the discretion of the supervisory committee. Any member of the
faculty may attend these exams, but only the advisory committee may
ask questions of the student. The outcome is either "pass" or "fail".

3. Research Proposal Defense:

The student's major professor and full supervisory committee must
approve a detailed proposal of the student's research either prior to or
within the same term in which the written and oral exams are
completed. This must be done as an oral defense with the Supervisory
Committee separate from the oral examination. The proposal should
be modeled on an NSF or NIH grant and should include a synthesis of
the field, background data and analyses, proposed research, and
information on projected expenses and a strategy to obtain these funds.
The proposal must be given to the Supervisory Committee at least one
week prior to the proposal defense. (We encourage the student to have
an ongoing dialogue with the committee to hone the proposal prior to
the defense.) The outcome of the defense is either "approved" or "not
approved").

d. Successful outcome of the qualifying exam is valid for 5 years. There must
be at least two semesters between the last phase of the qualifying exam and
the final defense.

e. Failure of Qualifying Exam. If the student fails any part of the qualifying
exam or fails to have his/her research proposal approved, s/he must leave
the program unless his/her Supervisory Committee recommends a re-
examination (and defines the nature of the exam in writing) and this
suggestion is approved by the Graduate Committee and the Graduate
School. The re-examination must be taken and passed within 1 calendar
year of the initiation of the original examination. The re-examination cannot
be taken in the same semester as the first exam. If the student fails the
exam a second time, s/he must leave the program at the end of that
semester.

f. Substitutions. If 1 supervisory committee member (who is not the chair or
outside member) cannot be present at any portion of the student's qualifying
exam, a faculty member with appropriate graduate faculty status in the same
academic area may substitute for the absent committee member. The
substitute should sign the qualifying examination form. In addition, the
student's major chairperson must indicate on the form (or by an
accompanying memorandum) the reason for the missing member's absence
and that the missing committee member has agreed to the substitution at the
qualifying examination. The original committee member should sign. No
substitutions may be made for the committee chairman or the outside
member of a student's committee.


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g. The student may not take ZOO 7980 (doctoral research) until the semester
in which the qualifying exam and research proposal defense are scheduled.
ZOO 7979 is the proper research course to take prior to this time

9. Teaching Requirement (Ph.D.)

Two semesters (this is a departmental requirement).

10. Final Examination Notification (Ph.D.)

Notice of final examination and defense of dissertation must be given to the Dean of
the Graduate School and the department 2 weeks in advance.

11. Presentation of a Departmental Seminar (Ph.D.)

Ph.D. candidates are required to present a seminar to the department on their
research 1 day to 2 weeks before defending their dissertation and within the
semester in which they complete their degree. If the candidate cannot meet this time
frame, they can petition the Graduate Committee. This time-slot is intended to 1)
ensure that the seminar and defense are held in a narrow timeframe, and 2) that
there is sufficient time allowed for other members of the department to provide input
to the Supervisory Committee after the seminar but prior to the final oral
examination.

12. "1" Grades (Ph.D.)

The student must remove all grades of "I" before receiving the degree.

13. Final Oral Examination (Ph.D.)

After completion of the dissertation and all other prescribed work for the degree, the
candidate is given a final examination, which includes the defense of the
dissertation. The student will be examined on the dissertation by all members of the
student's committee. When necessary, one faculty substitute may stand in for a
member who is not the committee chair or the external member. A copy of the
dissertation must be provided to the Supervisory Committee at least 1 week prior to
the Ph.D. seminar and 2 weeks prior to the oral examination.

14. Substitutions at the Final Examination (Ph.D.).

If 1 supervisory committee member (who is not the chair or outside member) cannot
be present at the final exam, a faculty member with appropriate graduate faculty
status in the same academic area may substitute for the absent committee member.
The student's major chairperson must indicate on the form (or by an accompanying
memorandum) the reason for the missing member's absence and that the missing
committee member has agreed to the substitution at the final examination. The
substitute should sign the final examination form. The substitute committee member
should not sign the signature page of the thesis or dissertation. The original
committee member should sign. No substitutions may be made for the committee
chairman or the outside member of a student's committee.


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15. Dissertation Copies (Ph.D.)


One copy of the dissertation must be deposited in the departmental library (see
Graduate School for regulations regarding deposition of dissertation in the
University) or made available on-line through the University.

16. Other Time Limits (Ph.D.)

i. Ph.D. student without prior MS degree. The student should advance to
candidacy within 3 years of entering the Ph.D. program (i.e., before the start of
the first semester of their fourth year), and should complete all requirements for
the Ph.D. within 6 years after entry into the program. Under exceptional
circumstances a student and his/her major professor may petition the Graduate
Committee for an extension of this deadline.

ii. Ph.D. student with an MS degree. The student should advance to candidacy
within 2 years of entering the Ph.D. program. All requirements for the Ph.D.
should be completed within 5 years after entry into the program. Under
exceptional circumstances a student and his/her major professor may petition
the Graduate Committee for an extension of this deadline.

IV. Supervisory Committee

A. Selection of the Supervisory Committee:

The membership of the Supervisory Committee is outlined under Degree Requirements.
Consult the Graduate Coordinator for the proper procedures in the selection of your
committee. Committee membership, including the chairperson, can be changed with
approval of the Graduate Committee. Also, individuals outside the University of Florida can
be appointed to a committee, but the Graduate School must approve such membership (and
the Department bears no responsibility for paying for attendance at meetings and exams).

C. Responsibilities:

The Graduate Coordinator will approve graduate student programs until the Supervisory
Committee has been appointed. After that time the Supervisory Committee will:

1. Approve the degree route to be taken by the student,

2. Inform students of regulations governing the degree sought,

3. Approve the program of the Graduate Student, which includes assigning courses
and readings to ensure the satisfactory preparation of the student in zoology,
biology, and related areas, and making any other assignments the committee deems
necessary,

4. Monitor the performance of the graduate student in the course work and recommend
to the Graduate Committee appropriate actions if the student's grade point average
falls below a 3.0, resulting in academic probation,

5. Meet to discuss and approve the proposed thesis or dissertation project and the
plans for carrying out this project,

6. Monitor research progress and meet when appropriate to review procedures,
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committee is expected to meet as least annually to evaluate the student's progress
and must meet at least once every two years. Following the meeting a memo
outlining progress and recommendations must be submitted to the Graduate
Program Assistant and placed in the student's file. If the committee does not meet in
a particular year it is required that the student take their Annual Progress Report
describing their progress during the year and meet individually with all committee
members. The report should be signed by all committee members and placed into
the student's file.

7. Participate in appropriate examinations (qualifying and final),

8. Read and approve the thesis or dissertation,

9. Many of the above may be done during each student's Annual Review.

V. Graduate Assistantships

A. Stipends and timeframes

1. Assistantships are offered to graduate students to attract individuals who have
demonstrated professional promise and to provide training in teaching at the college
level. Assuming availability of funds, the Department will provide at least .35 FTE
(13 hrs/wk), 9-month assistantships to students lacking other sources of support.
The Department will make all efforts to provide 0.5 FTE (20 hrs/wk), 9-month
appointments when available. Limited support might be available in the summer,
but this should not be expected. Because departmental assistantship funds are
limited, students can expect funding during the academic year only if satisfactory
progress is made at an appropriate rate. The M.S. degree should be completed
within 2 years of admission to the M.S. degree program and the Ph.D. degree within
5 (or 6 if no previous MS) years of admission to the Ph.D. degree program. In
addition, Ph.D. students should have advanced to candidacy by the end of their
second year (for students with an MS) or their third year (for students lacking an
MS).

2. Students not finishing within these time limits will be considered for further
departmental funding only after submitting to the Graduate Committee a written
appeal that explains in detail the reasons for non-completion. Such requests will be
granted on a semester-to-semester basis. Students (with a written supporting letter
from their advisor) may petition the Graduate Committee for stipend support beyond
these deadlines, but submitting requests prior to the semester in question (i.e., by
March 1st for the Fall Semester and November 1st for the Spring Semester). The
Graduate Committee will respond to requests within 1 month. The requests should
include explanations for the cause for the delay, steps taken to remedy those
issues, a revised timeframe, a CV, and any other relevant information.

B. Teaching Assistantships:

1. Teaching Assistantships are awarded to students who are making satisfactory
academic progress and whose previous teaching assistantships have led to at least
satisfactory evaluations. Satisfactory academic progress includes; timely
progression toward the relevant degree (as defined above), and a minimum grade
point average of 3.0 (research, or thesis courses will not be counted in computing
this average).


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2. The instructor will evaluate the quality of teaching by TA's each term in writing. The
evaluation will be shown to the student, who has the option of answering any
criticisms in writing to the Graduate Committee.

3. Each student's academic progress and work as a teaching assistant will be
evaluated during the Annual Review (see Section VII).

C. Research Assistantships and Fellowships

The above guidelines (V.B.1-3) shall apply to applicants for research assistantships and
fellowships.

D. Registration

Students holding assistantships must register for a minimum number of credits. Students
must register for 9 credits during the fall and spring terms. Please note that 9 credits are
required whether the student holds a 1/3 time or time assistantship. Summer terms vary
depending on the TAship. If you are teaching for either summer A or summer B terms then
you must register for 3 credits. If you are teaching summer C term of both summer A and
summer B term you must register for 6 credits. This holds true for RAships also. Persons on
fellowships must register for a minimum of 12 credits (max. 18) during fall and spring terms
and 8 credits during summer term or the required amount stipulated by the granting agency.

E. In-State and Out-of-State Tuition Waivers:

For information concerning tuition waivers see the Graduate Program Assistant.

VI. Office Space

The Department will make every effort to provide every active graduate student with office space,
including desk, chair, and bookshelf space. Providing additional space for research is normally
the responsibility of the major advisor. When demand for office space exceeds its supply, a
priority system will be used for allocation. If a student intends to be in the field for more than 1
semester, please notify the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Program Assistant. The student
may temporarily lose his/her office space while gone. The student should make arrangements to
clear his/her personal items from the office. When returning, please notify the Graduate
Coordinator and Graduate Program Assistant so that office space may be reallocated. Office
space will be allocated according to the following priorities: Highest priority on-campus M.S.
and Ph.D. students with teaching or research assistantships or fellowships, who are in good
standing (except for M.S.T. students); Second priority: students in good standing and off campus
for 1 semester only (this does not include the summer), M.S.T. students; Third priority: Students
who have exceeded the time limits for funding; Fourth priority: students off campus for 1 full
academic year or more, and Lowest priority: students with full-time local or regional jobs (outside
of the Zoology program) lasting 1 semester or more and who are no longer registered.

vil. Annual Progress Report

Each year, each graduate student will complete an Annual Progress Report. The major
professor will provide a written evaluation of the student's progress, which will be included with
the report (this can take the form of a signature if the student is making good progress but should
include a more detailed statement if this is not the case). These reports will be examined by the
Graduate Committee and used (along with other data as appropriate, and in consultation with the
student and his/her supervisory committee) in making decisions on the allocation of
teaching/research assistantships and space, and on the student's continuation in the graduate
program. Submission of Annual Reports is required to remain in good standing.


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VIII. Registration for 5000 Level Courses


Graduate credit is awarded for courses numbered 5000 and above. The work in the major field
must be in courses numbered 5000 or above. For work outside the major, courses numbered
3000 or above, not to exceed 6 credits, may be taken provided they are part of an approved plan
of study.

VI. Registration for 6900 Courses

ZOO 6905 is to be used when a graduate student has a particular problem that he/she wants to
work on under a particular professor and only after he/she has sufficient background to carry on
the work effectively. The maximum registration in 6900 courses for degree credit from any
department are as follows; 6910 Supervised Research: 5 credits, 6940 Supervised Teaching: 5
credits, and 6943 Internship in College Teaching: 6 credits. Different maxima are allowed for the
following courses in each department (i.e., you may register for 9 credits of 6905 in Zoology, and
another 9 credits in Botany, Wildlife, etc.); 12 credits of 6905 Individual Studies, 15 credits in
6927 Special Topics, and 9 credits in 6939 Seminar in. The maximum for these 3 courses
applies to credits to be counted toward your degree. You can register for excess credits of 6905,
6927, and 6939 to meet minimum registration requirements for retaining financial aid or an
assistantship, but they will not count toward your degree.

Totals for all 6 of these courses are for your entire stay at the University of Florida; thus if you
use up 12 credits for ZOO 6905 in your Masters program, additional hours of ZOO 6905 will not
count for course credit for your Ph.D.

X. S/U Grades

Graduate students may not register for any course to be graded S/U, with the following
exceptions: 1) Courses specifically designated in the Graduate Catalog as S/U courses (e.g.,
research, supervised teaching), 2) All 1000 and 2000 level courses, since these will not count
toward degree requirements, and 3) Foreign language courses provided permission is obtained
beforehand from your major advisor and from the course instructor. This does not apply to
language courses that are part of a declared minor; those must still be graded A, B, C, D, E.

XI. Transfer of Credits from Previous Graduate Work

A. M.S. Program:
A student who has taken previous graduate work may petition the Graduate School, with the
approval of his/her Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Coordinator, to transfer up to 6
semester hours of work in which a grade of B or better has been achieved. This request
must be made during the student's first semester in Graduate School.

B. Ph.D. Program:
A student who has taken previous graduate work short of obtaining an M.S. degree may
petition during his/her first semester in our graduate program to have credit transferred. The
supervisory committee will recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School the number of
credits appropriate for transfer. A student with an M.S. degree in Zoology will automatically
receive 30 semester hours of credit applied to the total of 90 semester hours required. The
Supervisory Committee may petition the Graduate School to transfer up to 30 credit hours for
an M.S. degree earned in a related field. Post-M.S. graduate work may be transferred by
petition to the Graduate School, with the approval of the Supervisory Committee and
Graduate Coordinator, during the student's first semester in our graduate program. If more
than 30 semester hours are earned while obtaining an M.S. in Zoology at the University of
Florida, all will be counted against the 90 hours required for the Ph.D.


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XII. Exceptions to the Rules, Regulations, and Requirements


All exceptions to departmental requirements require the approval of the Graduate Committee. All
exceptions to the regulations of the Graduate School require the approval of the Dean of the
Graduate School. Petitions in writing may be addressed to the appropriate body with the
approval of the student's major professor, Supervisory Committee, and the Graduate
Coordinator.

XIII. Notification and Appeal Process

Each year all students will receive a notification of their current standing in the department and a
statement of deadlines that they are expected to meet, as outlined in this handbook. Any
requests for extensions of deadlines should be presented in writing to the Graduate Committee
before the next term (November 1st for the fall or March 1st for the spring and summer).

Students can appeal any ruling made by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Zoology.
Appeal processes involve 2 stages. First, after providing additional information to support his/her
case, students will appeal to the Graduate Committee for reconsideration. Second, if a
consensus between the Graduate Committee and the student is not reached at this stage, the
student can appeal to the Executive Committee of the Department.



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