MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.S.)
Students must meet minimum Graduate School requirements. The Integrative Biology Graduate Program has a flexible curriculum, and students are required to develop a plan of courses with their advisor. A minimum of 30 credits is required to complete the M.S. degree. Students must earn a B or above in all courses counting toward degree requirements.
Students must write and defend a master’s thesis. Students’ thesis committees are composed of three faculty members including the major professor. The committee guides the student in developing study plans, research, and career goals.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D.)
Students must meet minimum Graduate School requirements. The Integrative Biology Graduate Program has a flexible curriculum, and students are required to develop a plan of courses with their advisor. A minimum of 51 credits is required to complete the Ph.D. degree. Students must earn a B or above in all courses counting toward degree requirements.
Students are required to pass a preliminary examination prior to writing the dissertation. Students must complete a minor which may be used to obtain tools of research, focus in greater depth on a single discipline, or open additional areas related to the field. The Ph.D. committee is composed of five faculty members including the major professor. The committee guides the student in developing study plans, research, and career goals.
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Forms & Links
iBio Timeline for Satisfactory Progress
Thesis/Dissertation Proposal and Defense Evaluation Rubric
Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP)
How to Create an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Professional Development Opportunities in Graduate School
Graduate School Requirements and Completing Your Degree Guide
Students should consult the following document when determining the correct number of credits to enroll in each semester:
The Graduate School considers full-time enrollment to be 8-15 graded credits taken at 300 or above, excluding pass/fail and audit, during the fall and spring semesters, and 4-12 credits during the summer term, but it is not possible or advisable for graduate students to take that many actual course credits. To help with this, students have the ability to enroll for Zoology 990: Research. The credits for this course are variable and can be used to help fill the gap between actual course enrollment and full-time status. Students are strongly encouraged to talk to their advisor about the number of 990 credits they should enroll in for any given semester.
All students in the Department of Integrative Biology must be given permission each semester to enroll in Zoology 990. Please note that the course will appear closed, but because of the permission the “closed course” will be overridden.
To request permission to enroll in Zoology 990, email Kelin Boldiis (firstname.lastname@example.org), and provide the following information:
- your name
- campus ID
- name of your advisor
- term in which you want to enroll
Kelin will send you a confirmation email so you can enroll through your Student Center in MyUW.
A warrant is a program’s recommendation that a student be admitted to doctoral candidacy (a preliminary examination warrant) or be granted a degree (master’s or doctoral), and is the Graduate School’s notification that a student has met both the Graduate School and the program requirements. Warrants are requested electronically by the Graduate Student Coordinator and must be returned to the Graduate School with faculty signatures upon completion of the degree requirements.
Please complete and submit the following form at least 3 weeks before your preliminary exam, master’s thesis defense, or doctoral dissertation defense to notify the Graduate Student Coordinator of your intent to request a warrant:
Once received from the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Coordinator will notify the student to pick up the warrant in B154 Birge Hall.
Upon successful completion of the preliminary exam, master’s thesis defense, or doctoral dissertation defense, the student’s advisory committee must complete and sign both the warrant and the Thesis/Dissertation Proposal and Defense Evaluation Rubric. Both signed forms must be turned in to the Graduate Student Coordinator in B154 Birge Hall.
Note: Students who have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation must upload their signed warrant to ProQuest before turning in the hard copy to the Graduate Student Coordinator.
Scholarships & Awards
Departmental scholarships and awards applications are due on March 1 at 11:59 PM.
There are many national associations that students in our department are members of or attend their annual conferences. The Scholarships page has department and university wide scholarships to support travel to present your research at a conference. Below are a few common associations:
- American Arachnological Society
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- American Fisheries Society
- American Malacological Society
- American Society of Mammalogists
- American Society of Naturalists
- Congress of European Society for Evolutionary Biology
- Entomological Society of America
- International Association for Great Lakes Research
- International Association for Landscape Ecology
- International Zebrafish Society
- Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting
- Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
- The Ecological Society of America
- The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Mental Health Resources
- Individual counseling
- Couple/partner counseling
- Stress management
- Psychiatry services
- UHS 24-hour crisis service* to speak with an on-call counselor at 608-265-5600, option 9.
- group counseling opportunities (Dissertators, students of color, International students groups and more)
- Grad Resilience Several 1-hour virtual program presenting strategies to navigate different features of grad culture
- Let’s Talk
- Wellness Initiatives
- Sexual Violence Prevention Program
- Survivor Services
- Dean of Students Office
Resources on Campus
- Booking a Room in iBio’s department
- Central Campus Teaching and Learning Support
- Graduate Student Professional Development
- Employee Assistance Office
- Teaching Assistant Association (TAA) – you don’t have to be a TA join
- Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP)
- Learn@UW Division of Information Technology
- The Writing Center
- University Libraries
- McBurney Disability Resource Center
- Recreation and Well Being Center
- Office of the Dean of Students
- University Health Services
- Campus Child Care Centers
- Graduate School Website
- University Veterans Services
- Ombuds Office
- Bursar’s Office– for payment, tuition, and segregated fee questions
- Office of Compliance Student Support Information page
- Delta Teaching Program
If you have questions or concerns related to credit hours, annual reports, forms, degree and graduation requirements, contact:
Kelin Boldiis, Graduate Coordinator, B154 Birge Hall, email@example.com; 608-262-2742
If you have questions or concerns about degree progress, mentor-mentee interactions, program requirements and expectations, contact:
Monica Turner, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org; 608-262-2592