Information, forms, and procedures for current QSB graduate students are outlined below. A few good general resources include the Natural Sciences Grad Students page and the Graduate Division website.
The UC Merced Catalog contains a description of currently offered QSB graduate courses.
Academic Requirements, Procedures and Deadlines
- Students can obtain unofficial transcripts and degree audits at my.ucmerced.edu.
- Descriptions of common academic procedures are available at naturalsciencesgrads.ucmerced.edu.
- For official deadlines approved by the UC Merced Graduate & Research Council, see the "Dates and Deadlines" document on the Graduate Division Forms and Publications page.
QSB guidance documents are helpful for gauging student progress. Student faculty committees are required to evaluate the progress of all QSB students annually.
- Annual Faculty Committee Meeting
- Annual student progress report format - for use by grad students. The student sends a progress report to committee members ahead of the committee meeting.
- Annual student progress evaluation form - for use by faculty committees (MS Word format). The committee chair (and other members, at their discretion) provides a copy of the report to the student, the graduate group chair, and the graduate coordinator.
- Master's Degrees
- For instructions on applying for a Master's degree, see the Graduate Division's Forms and Publications Page
- MS I, Thesis Track
- MS thesis evaluation sheet - for use by thesis committees
- MS II, Coursework and Comprehensive Exam Track
- PhD Degree
- PhD Qualifying Exam
- The format of the research proposal will be determined by the student in consultation with their adviser and committee; however the proposal must follow the format of a research proposal to a major funding agency in the student's area of research. Consult, e.g., NSF or NIH guidelines, or the linked example of a different format
- For instructions and forms on how to apply for the qualifying exam, see the Graduate Division's Forms and Publications Page
- Qualifying exam rubric - for use by exam committees. The committee chair (and other members, at their discretion) provides a copy of the report to the student, the graduate group chair, and the graduate coordinator.
- Instructions for Advancement to Candidacy
- For instructions and forms on how to advance to candidacy, see the Graduate Division's Forms and Publications Page
- PhD Dissertation
- Learning Outcomes
- Policies and Procedures -official QSB degree requirements
- current version: 2011-2012 Policies & Procedures (changes to degree requirements; effective Fall 2011)
- List of current classes that satisfy the Quantitative and Systems components. Other classes may be approved by petition to the Grad Chair
- Quantitative requirement:
- QSB 207 Physical Biochemistry
- QSB 214 Tissue Engineering
- QSB 246 Community Ecology
- QSB 251 Advanced Immunology
- QSB 271 Advanced Neurobiology: Brain Dysfunction and Neurodegenerative Diseases
- QSB 280 Advanced Mathematical Biology
- QSB 281 Molecular Dynamics and Biomolecular Simulation
- QSB 282 Bioinformatics
- Systems requirement:
- QSB 200 Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology
- QSB 215 Principles of Biological Techniques
- QSB 290 Current Topics in Quantitative and Systems Biology
- QSB 297 Systems Biology: From Molecules to Metabolic Networks
- Quantitative requirement:
- previous versions:
- 2010-2011 Policies & Procedures (changes to degree requirements; effective Fall 2010)
- 2008-2009 Policies & Procedures (formating changes only; effective Fall 2008)
- 2005-2006 Policies & Procedures Modified September 2007 (effective Spring 2008)
- 2005-2006 Policies & Procedures Modified August 2006 (effective Fall 2006)
- 2005-2006 Policies & Procedures Modified January 2006 (effective Spring 2006)
- 2005-2006 Policies & Procedures Adopted April 2005 (effective Fall 2006)
- PhD Qualifying Exam
Grad Student Employment
The QSB stipend addendum contains details about how the QSB stipend policy is implemented. Salary tables are set by University and Graduate Group policies. Grad students can check their employment information at atyourserviceonline.ucop.edu.
Other Important Documents
- General requirements for graduate study and degrees are available at the Graduate Division website.
- The Forms and Publications page has links to many important documents, including the Graduate Student Handbook (an excellent introduction for new students), Graduate Rights and Responsibilities, and the Graduate Advisor's Handbook (which includes many official regulations governing graduate education).
- The Graduate Student Funding Resources page has links to extramural fellowships.
The Registrar's website has links to forms and policies for coursework, enrollment, fees, and transcripts.
Office of Research
The Office of Research website has information about research integrity and compliance; intellectual property, technology transfer and patents; conflict of interest; grants and fellowships; and much more.
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