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Newsletter - Winter 2014-15

Reminder: Add Day is Approaching

Just a friendly reminder that the last day for adding courses and removing incompletes is this Friday, January 23rd.  Please remember to bring your add cards to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm on Friday.


Sa ve the Date! 

The Biennial Student/Faculty Conference has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015. Mark your calendars!  This year’s conference will be discussing alternative teaching methods and improving academic writing. Please plan to attend and participate in these important discussions.


Graduate Degree Progress

We are pleased to see the campus community embrace the online Graduate Degree Progress application, launched this past July.  Since we've gone live, 2,940 requirements have been approved through the online application, with a total of 204 people who have entered their own approvals in GDP.  All those approvals have allowed 58 students so far to be admitted to Candidacy through the application, with 36 having completed all degree requirements for their PhD. 

In addition to marking approvals,  the online functionality has assisted in coordinating 276 meetings, including 40 Thesis Committee Meetings, 157 PhD Candidacy Exams, 65 PhD Defense Dates, and 14 Proposition Exams.  Over 1,105 committee members have been added online, with 303 unique people listed as committee members or chairs.

If you have questions or feedback about the application, please feel free to contact either the Registrar's Office or the Graduate Office.


Undergraduate Online Degree Audits

Both undergraduate students and their advisers have access to Degree Audit reports in REGIS.  These reports not only outline the course requirements for graduation, but also show how your past courses are being used to satisfy those requirements.  Students should click on their Academic Information link in REGIS and click the Degree Audit button to view their report.  Advisers can select undergraduate advisees on their My Advisees page and always click to Degree Audit report to view the report for one or more undergraduate advisees.


TQFR Prize Winners and Excellent TAs for Fall Term

Many thanks to all of the students who evaluated their courses through the TQFR. Your feedback and comments are very helpful to the faulty and TAs. Here are the lucky prize winners of $20 gift cards to from fall term:

Jessica Cheng (Junior), Zach Fein (Junior), Michael Ignatowich (G3), Karim Lakhani (Freshman), Hongjian Lan (G1), Catalina Miritescu (Freshman), and Suzannah Osekowsky (Sophomore)

We wanted to also congratulate three outstanding TAs who really made an impact.

Sho Takatori, TA for ChE 151A – Sho is a G3 in the PhD program in Chemical Engineering.  Many students noted how friendly and extremely helpful Sho was, especially with difficult concepts.  ‘Definitely one of the best TA’s I’ve ever had’ was a common trend with comments on Sho.  One student thought it impossible for Sho to improve ‘without coming to our rooms at night and whispering course material in our ears as we fell asleep.’

Annalise Thompson for Ch 1a  – Annalise is a G1 in the PhD program in Chemistry.  Students remarked how extremely well prepared Annalise was for each recitation section, commenting that ‘10/10 would recommend going to her section.’  They appreciated her teaching style, in allowing them to figure things out by themselves, as ‘she obviously cares that you learn the material and she will really work to help you understand.’

Kevin Li for CS/CNS 171  – Kevin is an undergraduate junior in Computer Science.  A student stated, ‘Went above and beyond the call of duty’, with many noting how much time and effort Kevin put into the course. Another student appreciated how Kevin ‘threw his soul into the course’.  Kevin’s sets and notes were described as clear and concise, in fact one student thought ‘many of his lecture notes approach textbook-quality (and exceed it, in some cases).’

Thanks, Sho, Annalise, and Kevin, for making a difference in the academic lives of our students. We appreciate all the time, effort and enthusiasm you put into your work with students.


Some Interesting Facts

  • The most popular undergraduate majors are Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
  • Several options have more women than men: Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Geobiology, Geochemistry, and Planetary Science.
  • The largest graduate options are Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biology, and Materials Science.
  • Among the graduate student body, we have 42% international citizens, from 57 countries. The countries sending the most students are China, Canada, South Korea, India, and Taiwan. There are 18 international students who are the only student from their country.


Important Dates

January 23 Last day for adding courses and removing incompletes
February 4-10 Midterm examination period
February 16 Presidents' Day (Institute Holiday)
February 17 Midterm Deficiency Notices due - 9:00 a.m.
February 25 Last day to drop classes or to exercise your P/F option
February 26 First day of registration for spring term
March 11 Last day of classes and last day to register for spring term without a $50 late fee
March 12-15 Study Period
March 16-18 Final examinations
March 18 End of winter term 2014-15
March 19-29 Spring Recess
March 25 Instructors' final grade reports due - 9:00 a.m.
March 30 Beginning of instruction spring term