Annual Committee Meeting
All MCB students are required to hold at least one Committee Meeting by the last day of Spring Quarter every year starting the Second Year. The meeting is an opportunity for the committee to guide, assist and evaluate progress toward a doctoral degree. Please note: The General Exam does not replace a Committee Meeting.
Student Summary of Accomplishments
This requirement applies beginning in Year 3 for MCB and Year 2 for MSTP.
At least 1 week prior to your Supervisory Committee meeting, you must now provide your committee with a 1-page summary of your accomplishments since the last Supervisory Committee meeting.
Your presentation to your Supervisory Committee must include:
- A summary of MCB program requirements completed and pending
- An updated IDP
- Progress towards defining your project if you haven’t passed your General Exam or progress towards completing the aims of your thesis proposal if you’ve passed your General Exam
- Any changes you want to make to your proposed thesis aims
Progress Outcome Options
There are now 3 options for overall evaluation on the Annual Supervisory Committee Report. These options will help give you context for comments you’ll receive after the Supervisory Committee meeting.
- Full Expectations Met
- Partial Expectations Met
- Subpar Expectations Met
Full Expectations Met
Most of you will meet this 1st option. This option shows that you are meeting or exceeding research and academic milestones and are on track to graduate in 5-6 years.
Partial Expectations Met
Some of you may face this 2nd option. This option indicates that you have made partial advances toward previously expected goals, but the committee has concerns about your progress toward passing your general exam or graduation. This option requires an additional Supervisory Committee meeting in a time frame determined by the committee, preferably within 6 months of the last meeting.
Subpar Expectations Met
We anticipate very few of you will encounter this 3rd option, but this helps alert us to serious problems as they arise and we want to do our best to help you remedy them. If progress is subpar, you will be placed on MCB Academic Probation as of the current date of the last Supervisory Committee meeting.
MCB Probation Process
- MCB Academic Probation (internal, 1 quarter)
- Graduate School Academic Probation (official, 1 quarter)
- Final Graduate School Academic Probation (official, 1 quarter, last chance)
Probation is the mechanism by which the Supervisory Committee can communicate serious concerns about your ability to achieve a timely PhD in MCB, within the 5-6 year time frame. The first step, MCB Academic Probation, will not appear on your transcript.
If you are put on MCB Academic Probation, it is essential that the Advisor and Supervisory Committee work with you to provide specific recommendations and short-term milestones so you have a chance to exit probation by the following quarter. If you meet these requirements in the following quarter, MCB Academic Probation will be removed.
If you do not meet the milestones, you’ll be placed on Graduate School Academic Probation, which is reported to the Graduate School. It will appear on your transcript. After placing you on Graduate School Academic Probation, the Supervisory Committee must again provide specific recommendations and milestones for you to complete in order to have probation removed.
If you do not meet the Graduate School Academic Probation requirements defined by the Supervisory Committee, the MCB Directors will recommend you go on Final Graduate School Academic Probation, which is also reported to the Graduate School. Once Final Graduate School Academic Probation is activated, you will have one last quarter to demonstrate sufficient progress before dismissal from the MCB Program and UW.
Academic Probation is a serious step, but it can speed resolution of the issue in whichever direction is best for the you, your Advisor, and the MCB Program.
Completion and Submission of Annual Supervisory Committee Report
To help in the evaluation process, the Advisor and Supervisory Committee fill out the Annual Committee report after the meeting to summarize the consensus of the Supervisory Committee concerning your Academic/Research Progress and Recommendations. The new report allows the Advisor and Supervisory Committee members to provide comments on your strengths and areas that need improvement. This will also help us understand the reasoning behind the option chosen.
The form should be signed by you, your Advisor, and all Supervisory Committee members present at the meeting.
Please submit the following within 1 week of your Committee Meeting:
-Annual Doctoral Supervisory Committee Meeting Report
-One-page research summary
-List of publications
- Meet with Faculty Advisor to formulate or update Individual Development Plan (IDP).
- Contact Committee Members to schedule Annual Committee Exam before June 30.
-Three members of the committee (including the Chair) must attend.
-The GSR is encouraged but not required to attend the Annual Committee Meeting.
-Use whenisgood to schedule committee meetings: http://www.whenisgood.net/GetAccount
- Hold Annual Committee Meeting the last day of Spring Quarter.
- Complete and submit the following the Annual Committee Google Form Upload Site.
-Annual Supervisory Committee Meeting Report (signed by Committee and Student)
-1-page research summary
-Updated and signed IDP
- Hold annual committee meeting by the last day of Spring Quarter each year.
- Use whenisgood to schedule committee meetings: http://www.whenisgood.net/GetAccount
- Submit: Annual Report, 1-page Research Summary and updated IDP