Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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Graduate Faculty roles

As Cornell Graduate Faculty, you are expected to participate in the Fields of which you are a member. Voting on faculty nominations, academic requirements and other matters regarding Field governance is a basic requirement. This is of particular importance in the faculty nomination process; the Graduate School expects that the total number of faculty voting on a nominee will be equal to the number of faculty in the Field. If you do not vote, the nomination will be delayed.

A great deal of faculty participation is centered on representing the graduate field on the special committee of a graduate student. 

Special committee chair

    • supervises the student’s research project and academic work
    • annual evaluation of student progress, which includes online evaluation and annual committee meeting
    • provides financial support for the student’s research and the student. Funding for the student includes tuition, health insurance and a stipend. Each Special Committee Chair is required to fill out a Funding Plan for their graduate students. The Office of Graduate Education realizes that no faculty can know what funding they will have three or four years from now. However, by agreeing to fund the student through existing and/or future grants, you are showing your commitment to the graduate student’s program. It is expected that you honor this commitment and seek assistance from your Department Chair if you are unable to.
      • The stipend amount required for baccalaureate students is set on an annual basis by the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. The 2014-15 rate is $31,033.
      • The stipend for graduate students who have a DVM (or equivalent) degree is set by the College based on the experience and education of the student.
    • assesses the graduate student’s progress toward degree each semester by awarding Registration Units (RUs) or a portion thereof (.75 or .5 for less than satisfactory progress toward the degree).  Assessment should be based on student research and progress in the lab, in courses and in the teaching experience. 
    • works with the graduate student, the director of graduate studies of the field and the Office of Graduate Education to resolve issues that arise in regard to the student’s progress and other matters that directly affect the student’s program.
    • approves successful completion of exams, provides feedback on the dissertation and approves the final version.

 

Members representing minor fields or concentrations

    • represents the Field/concentration on the student’s Committee by directing the courses that the student should take in order to maintain the integrity of the degree program and support the student’s research project.
    • attends all special committee meetings and exams.  If it is not possible for you to attend an exam, you can designate a proxy, a faculty person in the same field and concentration, to act on your behalf. Contributes to annual special committee evaluation form
    • approves successful completion of exams, provides feedback on the dissertation and approves the final version.

 

Field-appointed member

    • represents the Field on the student’s committee, insuring that all field requirements are met and field standards for the degree are upheld.
    • acts as a permanent member of the special committee, attends all committee meetings and exams.
    • acts as an advocate for the student in matters related to the special committee and the field.
    • Contributes to annual special committee evaluation form
    • approves successful completion of exams, provides feedback on the dissertation and approves the final version.

 

Ad hoc member

    • is added to a committee in addition to the two minor members required in order to represent research or techniques that are not otherwise found among the graduate faculty membership.
    • is often not a member of the graduate faculty and their presence on the committee requires approval of the Graduate School. 
    • attends all special committee meetings and exams. If it is not possible to attend an exam, a proxy may be designated, a faculty person in the same Field and concentration, to act in your stead.