Student evaluation

This is a reference page for Graduate student information.

THIS PAGE IS NOT OFFICIAL DEPARTMENTAL POLICY. IT MERELY REPRESENTS THE PEER-ADVICE PROVIDED BY FELLOW STUDENTS AND FACULTY.

What the handbook says

The primary criteria for evaluation of student progress are given above. Students must pass courses with satisfactory grades, must complete all five core courses, must complete satisfactory first- and second-year research projects, and, most importantly, must demonstrate their commitment to becoming curious, productive, and engaged scientists through participation in the intellectual life of the Department.

Additional information

Active participation in departmental events can only act in your favor. Attending pizza lunch, colloquium, and journal club helps you build a reputation with faculty members other than your advisor. When a large percentage of faculty have interactions with you, they can provide well-rounded perspectives about you when your performance is reviewed during faculty meetings.

Lia says: I added the advice above. Most people have asked that the handbook codify methods of student evaluation and feedback. Should this be in the form of grades or colors? Should the research exam emails be replaced by a face-to-face meeting between advisors and advisees? DGS and student? Alternate committee member and student? Should there be a special 'probation' status? Options abound.

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