Progress Assessment

Graduate faculty in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics evaluate student performance twice each year. During the first 2 semesters plus 1 summer of study, these evaluations will be based upon performance in course work, as well as input from the student's laboratory rotation director, the faculty running the Current Literature courses each semester and his/her temporary/permanent advisers. Performance in course work is closely monitored by the Graduate Program Director during the first semester in order to quickly identify those students who might need tutoring or help with study habits. After a Ph.D. student has passed both the Departmental Comprehensive and Oral Candidacy Examinations, the evaluation will primarily be based on the student's progress as determined by the student's adviser and on their participation in Forbes Day and other university wide activities that highlight student research.

Faculty who serve as advisers to students in our graduate program are required to prepare written reports on the progress of each of their students for discussion at the bi-annual faculty meetings held after the end of the fall and spring semesters for the purpose of student evaluation. The adviser will prepare a report on their advisee’s performance and rate the student in the areas of oral communication, written communication, experimental design, problem solving skills and integrated knowledge of human and molecular genetics following the scoring rubric adopted by the School prior to meeting with them to discuss their progress. At the end of this meeting, both the adviser and advisee will sign the report. These reports are due no later than November 15 and April 15 of each year. As a result of feedback obtained during the faculty meeting, the adviser may revise the report and notify the student. The final report and the rating sheet will be returned to the Graduate Program Director's office where they will be logged in and then filed with the student’s records maintained by the Department. The Graduate Program Director will notify the Department Chairman of all cases where these reports have not been returned to that office in a timely manner. The purpose of these evaluations is to provide regular feedback to students regarding their progress and to develop plans to ensure a timely completion of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN AND MOLECULAR GENETICS, A PH.D. STUDENT MUST HAVE A SIGNED COPY OF THE WRITTEN EVALUATION REFLECTING THEIR CURRENT PROGRESS AS WAS DISCUSSED AT THE MOST RECENT FACULTY MEETING CONCERNING STUDENT PROGESS ON FILE WITH THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR.