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1 Genetics Graduate Program Learning Outcomes/Goal: The most central goal of the Genetics Graduate Program is the training of outstanding students in the areas of genetics and genomics. Activities in Support of Goal: 1. Rotations: Unless students have substantial M.S. research experience, they undertake three rotations during their nine months at MSU, and then chose a research mentor. 2. Required courses: A core set of courses is required of Genetics graduate students, and they are expected to earn a 3.0 grade or better. 3. Comprehensive exam: A general-knowledge oral exam is followed by a written research proposal, which each student prepares on his or her own research project. The advisor may have no input on the actual writing of the proposal, although input from other outside readers are encouraged., The student presents a formal seminar describing the proposal, and then discusses the proposal with the advisory committee. 4. Learning outside the classroom: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the biweekly Genetics Research Forum, the annual Genetics mini-symposium, and journal clubs, seminars, and lab meetings appropriate to their areas of interest. 5. Presentation of research results: Students are encouraged to present their results orally at the Genetics Research Forum and to participate in poster sessions at the annual retreat and mini-symposium. Travel awards encourage students to attend national and international conferences to present their research results. The final seminar prior to the dissertation defense is announced to all faculty and students Assessment Methods: 1. Rotations: Each student’s rotation plans are discussed with the director, who serves as the initial advisor for the first year students. Faculty are considered to be appropriate potential PhD mentors if they have a good track record, external funding, space in their lab to accommodate an additional coworker, and are in the student’s declared area of interest. Each student’s rotation is evaluated by asking the faculty to assign the student a grade and provide a short written commentary. In the last five years, 18% of our students undertook a fourth rotation, supported by the program, because a suitable mentor was not identified in the first three rotations. 2. Required courses: The value and relevance of the required courses is reassessed almost every year by the Genetics Program Executive Committee (composed of the Director, Associate Director, four elected faculty, and one graduate student), which reviews course syllabi. A challenge to the Genetics Program is how to constructively
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