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Unformatted text preview: 1 Graduate Handbook Department of Computer Science Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 Last updated: December 15, 2011 2 Table of Contents 1 2 Table of Contents 1 About 3 12.11 Defending 4 1 About this Handbook The purpose of this handbook is to present the policies and procedures of the graduate program in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. The currency of the handbook is noted on the cover page. 2 Graduate Program Contacts The graduate coordinator (GC), initial academic advisor (IAA), and the associate head for graduate studies (AGS) are the key contacts for all aspects of the graduate program. The GC oversees all day-to-day aspects of the graduate program and serves as an important focal point of contact for all graduate students. The IAA serves as the initial academic advisor to all incoming students till they find a research advisor. The AGS addresses program administration related issues, such as design, implementation, and evolution of graduate degrees and approvals of programs of study. The AGS also works closely with the department head to make decisions pertaining to course registrations and financial assistance administered by the department (such as teaching assistantships and fellowships). The GC, IAA, and AGS work closely to cover all aspects pertaining to the successful functioning of the graduate program. The GC, IAA, and AGS also serve on the graduate program committee (GPC), a body of faculty members along with a graduate student representative, that meets regularly and deliberates about all graduate program related matters. The AGS also serves as the de- facto chair of GPC. The current GC is Ms. Sharon Kinder-Potter (540-231-6932, KWII 1105, skpotter@vt.edu ). The current IAA is Dr. Manuel Perez (540-231-2646, KWII 1125, perez@cs.vt.edu ). The current AGS is Dr. Naren Ramakrishnan (540-231-8451, Torgersen Hall 2050B, naren@cs.vt.edu). 3 The Department The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech is poised to become one of the top programs in the country. The number of Ph.D. degrees awarded places us in the top 30 programs in the United States. The resources and facilities for research areas such as human-computer Interaction, bioinformatics, and high-end computing are state-of-the-art, and the growing list of specialized courses provides opportunities for students to concentrate their research and study on the specific aspects of computer science in which they are most interested. See http://www.cs.vt.edu for more information about the department. 4 Courses Courses at the 4000 (senior), 5000 (beginning graduate), and 6000 (advanced graduate) are available for registration by graduate students. See Appendix A for a list of courses available for graduate students. In special cases, when students have been admitted with deficiencies in their computing background, they may be required to take courses at the 2000 (sophomore) or 3000 (junior) level, beyond their regular graduate program requirements. See Section 12.2 for further details....
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