Graduate Studies

MBioS PSM Degree - Graduate Committee

Your PSM Graduate Committee is important:

First, remember that the Washington State University Graduate School website, gradschool.wsu.edu/ is an excellent source of information. Frequently accessing The Graduate School site and reading the information provided will answer most of your questions about navigating your graduate study. The website is the source for much of the information listed below.

Choosing your Graduate Committee is an essential part of completing your program and obtaining your degree. Check the SMB faculty Web pages to become familiar with the research and teaching interests of the faculty at www.smb.wsu.edu/smb_directories.html

Selection of your Graduate Committee

The Graduate Committee is chosen by the student. Students choose an SMB faculty member as committee chair, and at least two additional SMB faculty members to serve on the non-thesis committee.

This committee will help you in any area of academic need including the approval of your Master’s Program of Study (see below). Your committee will also be instrumental in guiding you through your Internship (see below).

Your Graduate Committee—some suggestions!

  1. Begin thinking about your graduate committee as you begin your coursework. Interact with your course professors and other PSM students to learn about the faculty in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB).
  2. Look for a good “fit” of committee members and your PSM goals. Delineate a clear picture of your own personality, interests and goals, and then use that picture to decide the type of committee member who will most likely help you fulfill your goals.
  3. Explore the possibility of your instructors/professors serving as or suggesting committee members. Don’t hesitate to ask one committee member, or your committee chair to suggest other committee members who will best support your needs.

You should identify one committee member in your first semester of study, and with his/her advice choose two other committee members, one of whom should be the committee chair. You should have your committee formed by the end of your second semester of study if you are a fulltime student. If you are a part-time student you should follow the same format in forming your committee, but the timing may be extended to the third semester of study.

Master’s Program of Study

The graduate committee will also help students develop and then approve a Master’s Program of Study as outlined in the WSU Graduate School Forms database: Graduate School Forms. The Program of Study must be approved by the SMB Associate Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School by the beginning of the semester before the semester of graduation and prior to the semester of registration of the final MBioS 702 credits (final Master’s examination).

For the final Master’s examination students must enroll in at least 2 credits of MBioS 702 in the semester of the final examination, and schedule the final examination with their committee members. Students must submit a completed and signed Non-Thesis Final Examination Scheduling Form available at Graduate School Forms to the Graduate School at least 10 working days before the final examination. Students must turn in final copies of the completed Internship Proposal, the Internship Log, the Internship Report, the completed Student Evaluation of Internship Experience and ensure submission of the completed Mentor Evaluation of Student at least 10 working days before the final examination. The final examination will consist of a 20-25 min oral presentation summarizing the internship experience, after which the student will field questions from the faculty and committee members. During the final examination the student will be evaluated on his/her knowledge of core concepts in Molecular Bioscience, and in particular how those core concepts are applied in a professional setting.

Internship:

MBioS 702 (4 credits total, can be spread throughout your program and will vary depending on full or part-time basis. It is the responsibility of each student to obtain an internship position (paid or unpaid) and an internship mentor; however, you should communicate with your committee members about the suitability of possible internships. A list of potential internship locations can be found on the PSM webpage. The internship and mentor identified by the student must be preapproved (Internship Proposal) by the student’s graduate committee before the beginning of the internship. This internship should be a planned and mentored work experience. If a student wishes to do an internship in a current workplace the nature of the internship must be completely different from his/her regular responsibilities: for example, the internship could be conducted in a different office or department within the workplace. The time spent on the internship should be equivalent to 8 weeks of full-time employment (40 hours per week). Please see Internship Link for details on the Internship.

In order to select members of your graduate committee, you will be asked to provide the names and signatures of your selected committee members on your Program of Study available on the Graduate School forms database (see link above).