Graduate Student Orientation

On Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 am, Drs. Catherine Mazak and Leonardo Flores will be offering an orientation for its new and experienced graduate students. This orientation will not be yet another drill on rules, regulations, the Graduate Handbook, and Certification 09-09, or our TESOL Certificate, but a practical guide to successfully navigating your graduate studies towards your future career goals.

The orientation will be held in CH-326.

Program

Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Leonardo Flores

Timeline to Graduation – Dr. Catherine Mazak

  1. First Semester
    1. Forms: Letter for validating courses, TESOL Certificate Application form
    2. Recommended courses: Research Methods, Deficiencies (if applicable), Core Courses, Electives.
    3. Actions: Get to know the faculty.
  2. Second Semester
    1. Forms: Plan of Study, Thesis proposal (optional).
    2. Recommended courses: Deficiencies (if applicable), Core and elective courses, Thesis or Independent Research.
    3. Actions: Assemble your thesis/comprehensive exam committee.
  3. Third Semester
    1. Forms: Comprehensive Exam Form, Thesis proposal (recommended), Apply for graduation (optional)
    2. Recommended courses: Core and Elective courses, Thesis or Independent Research.
    3. Actions: You should be writing and/or studying for Comprehensive Exam.
  4. Fourth Semester
    1. Forms: Thesis Defense Form
    2. Recommended courses: Thesis, other courses (if necessary).
    3. Actions: Schedule a date and time for your thesis defense or comprehensive exams. Work with your committee towards a defense draft of your thesis.
  5. Fifth Semester and beyond
    1. Forms: Thesis Defense Form, GTAship extension form
    2. Recommended courses: Thesis, or INTD 6015: Comprehensive Exam, other courses (if necessary).
    3. Actions: Schedule a date and time for your thesis defense or comprehensive exams. Work with your committee towards a defense draft of your thesis.
  6. How long is too long?
    1. Certification 09-09. (TL;DR : 6 years)
    2. Things we’d rather you didn’t need: suspension, probation, readmission, second admission

Our Faculty – Dr. Leonardo Flores

Here is a list of our faculty who typically direct thesis projects and comprehensive exams, organized by general areas of expertise.

Q&A – Drs. Leonardo Flores and Catherine Mazak

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