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Department of Botany & Plant Sciences



Current Students


teresa bohner courtney collins paul roche lorena villanueva-almanza michael schwartz daniel tracy

2016-2017 Botany & Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association (left to right): Teresa Bohner, Courtney Collins, Paul Roche,
Lorena Villanueva-Almanza, Michael Schwartz, Daniel Tracy

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Plant Biology at University of California at Riverside! Our NRC-ranked program has earned an international reputation for excellence. If you are a prospective or current graduate student, you will find all the information and links you need to get started and confidently navigate our graduate program.

GAANN Fellowship Opportunity 2016-2017

FAQs (Commonly asked questions)
 
ACADEMICS
RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
FUNDING SOURCES
EMERGENCY CONTACTS   
Environmental Health and Safety 
Batchelor Hall Emergency Contacts:
Week Day Emergencies: Deb Terao, X2-3839; Physical Plant, X2-4214.
Genomics Builidng Emergency Contact:
Jocelyn Brimo, X2-2152
Night and Weekend Emergencies: Steam Plant, X2-4677. Call for mechanical problems (i.e. something dangerous to you, the building, or the project). If you have an emergency and have called the after-hours number, contact Deb Terao (X2-3839) during the following business day.
Chemical Spills: Environmental Health and Safety, X2-5528, X2-5518, X2- 312.
Public Safety: (Campus Police): Emergency - 911; Non-emergency - X2-5222.
GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOKS

When a student enters the PLBL graduate program, the rules and regulations in the Handbooks for the academic year of entry pertain to their degree. However, forms are often updated and it is expected that a student will use the most recent version of a form. Forms are found in the current version of the Graduate Student Handbooks and in the links below.

      Plant Biology Graduate Student Handbook 

      UCR Graduate Student Handbook

DEADLINES: REGISTRATION, CLASSES AND FEES

Any student receiving a Teaching Assistantship (TAship) or Graduate Student Research fellowship (from grants or the campus) must be enrolled full-time with a minimum of 12 graduate units or the equivalent. All registration holds outside of the program (Student Business Services, Housing, Graduate Division, etc.) must be cleared in order to be eligible to register.

The campus academic calendar lists all registration periods, exam periods and campus holidays.

The schedule of classes lists course offerings each quarter including information about class size, instructors, location and offering times. 

Fee payment deadlines are typically the 15th day of the month prior to the start of the term.  It is critical to pay fees by these deadlines. The program’s Student Affairs Officer must process several forms; last minute payment of fees may result in an unmanageable administrative burden for the Student Affairs Officer and consequently missing the deadline, so payment well in advance of the deadline is highly recommended.

Quarter Fee Payment Deadline
Fall
September
Winter
December
Spring
March

 Graduate Division enforces specific deadlines for graduation dates. 

ACADEMIC MILESTONES AND FORMS FOR DEGREES IN PLANT BIOLOGY
DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD)

The Plant Biology Graduate Student Handbook describes the requirements and expectations for each academic milestone for the PhD. Deadlines and target dates are indicated.  Requisite forms are provided below. Submit the completed forms by the target dates or deadlines to the Student Affairs Officer, Deidra Kornfeld. 

ACADEMIC MILESTONE

TIMELINE

 

Year

Deadline/Target dates

Guidance Committee/ Course Program Meeting

Year 1

Deadline: December 10th

Annual Progress Report and Meeting

All years

Deadline: May 31st

Nomination of Qualifying Committee

Year 2

Target date: Before Fall quarter of year 3

Submission of Qualifying Exam Proposal

Year 2

Target date: One month prior to written exams; Deadline: One week prior to written exam

3rd-year BPSC seminar

Year 3

Target date: 1 quarter after completion of the Qualifying Exam

Dissertation Defense

Year 5

Target Date: Spring quarter of year 5. Students most often graduate between Spring (5th year) and Fall (6th year)

PhD Guidance Committee and Course Program

PhD Qualifying Exam Committee Form

PhD Dissertation Committee Form             

Annual Progress Report

MASTERS OF SCIENCE (MS)

The Plant Biology Graduate Student Handbook describes the requirements and expectations for each academic milestone for the Plan I (Thesis) and Plan II (Comprehensive Exam) MS degree. Deadlines and target dates are indicated.  Requisite forms are provided below. Submit the completed forms by the target dates or deadlines to the Student Affairs Officer, Jammy Yang

ACADEMIC MILESTONE (MS PLAN I)

TIMELINE

 

Year

Deadline/Target dates

Guidance Committee/ Course Program Meeting

Year 1

Deadline: December 10th

Annual Progress Report and Meeting

All years

Deadline: May 31st

Thesis Committee Nomination

Year 1

Target date: Spring QTR: Deadline:
No later than 2 months prior to defense

Thesis and Defense

Year 2

Target date: End of year 2 or year 3

ACADEMIC MILESTONE (MS PLAN II)

TIMELINE

 

Year

Deadline/Target dates

Guidance Committee/ Course Program Meeting

Year 1

Deadline: December 10th

Annual Progress Report and Meeting

All years

Deadline: May 31st

Nomination of Comprehensive Committee

Year 2

Target date: Winter QTR

Submission of Comprehensive Exam Proposal

Year 2

Target date: Spring or Summer QTR 

Comprehensive Exam

Year 3

Target date: Spring or Summer QTR

MS Guidance Committee and Course Program forms 
Annual Progress Report
MS Comprehensive Exam              

Graduate Division enforces specific deadlines for graduation dates. 

GRADUATE DIVISION DEADLINES, FORMS AND REGULATIONS 

The Graduate Division provides a wide variety of documents and links that can enable your graduate experience at UCR. Graduate Division enforces specific deadlines for graduation dates and other form submission dates.

Graduate Division also has a variety of forms for notification of programmatic changes or academic milestone achievements. In most cases, the Student Affairs Officer will aid graduate students with these forms.

Graduate Division Homepage 
Deadlines for Graduation
Other FORMS 

SEMINAR SCHEDULES

UCR provides a broad range of seminars each academic year. We provide links to websites or pdfs from seminar programs that are commonly attended by Plant Biology students. The BPSC 250 seminar is required of all students in the Plant Biology Program. See the Handbook for details.

Plant Biology Seminar - BPSC 250
       (Wednesdays 4:10-5 pm; Genomics Auditorium, F-W-S)                          

Other Department, Graduate Program and Institute/Center Seminars

 Biology Department Colloquium, BIOL 252
      (Thursdays, 4:10-5 pm, Genomics Auditorium, F-W-S)                

 Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology Seminar, CMDB 257 
       (Wednesdays, 12:10-1:00 pm, Genomics Auditorium, F-W-S)

 Entomology Department Seminar, ENTM 250
     (Mondays, 4:10-5 pm, Genomics Auditorium, F-W-S)

 Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Seminar, EEOB 265
     
(Fridays, 12:10-1:00 pm, Spieth 2200, F-W-S)

 Institute of Integrative Genome Biology including the Center for Plant Cell        Biology and the Center for Disease Vector Research (scroll down to   Events section)
    (Fridays, 12:10-1 pm Genomics Auditorium, F-W-S)

 Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Program Seminar, GEN 261
    (Fridays, 12:10-1 pm Genomics Auditorium, F-W-S)

FUNDING SOURCES FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
             FELLOWSHIPS, GSRS AND FUNDING TERMINOLOGY 
  TASHIPS  
  TRAVEL AWARDS

            Plant Biology Graduate Student Association travel award application  
               
            UCR GSA travel awards  

CONTACT US

     Graduate Student Service Advisor: Jammy Yang
     jammy.yang@ucr.edu, X2-5688; Batchelor Hall 1140C

     Biological Science Graduate Student Affairs (if Jammy is unavailable)

     Graduate Advisor for Continuing Students:  Linda Walling
    linda.walling@ucr.edu, X2-4687, Genomics Building 3107A

     Graduate Advisor for Recruitment:  Venu Gonehal
     venu.gonehal@ucr.edu, X2-3482, Genomics 4234C

    TAships: Linda Walling
    linda.walling@ucr.edu, X2-4687, Genomics 3107A

   2016-17 Plant Biology GSA Co-Chairs

   Teresa Bohner (teresa.bohner@email.ucr.edu)
   Courtney Collins (courtney.collins@email.ucr.edu)

 





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Department of Botany & Plant Sciences
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Tel: (951) 827-4619
Fax: (951) 827-4437
E-mail: bpschair@ucr.edu

Plant Biology Graduate Program
CNAS Grad Student Affairs Office
1140 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (800) 735-0717
Fax: (951) 827-5688
E-mail: jammy.yang@ucr.edu

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