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College of Graduate Studies

First Year Curriculum Progress Committee

Craig Beeson, Ph.D., Chair

The Progress Committee is charged with monitoring the academic progress of all graduate students enrolled in the First Year Curriculum. Students are required to maintain the academic standards set forth in the MUSC Bulletin and the Biomedical Sciences First Year Curriculum Guide (see below). The Committee may recommend improvements in performance or remediation following thorough review of all relevant material and circumstances presented by the student, the course director, and faculty. In addition, the Progress Committee members consult with students regarding their choices of laboratory rotations and dissertation lab. Students are required to meet with their Committee member advisor before selection of their first lab rotation, at the end of the fall and spring semesters, and at any other time requested by the advisor or the student. All Unit grades in CGS 701/702, Selective grades, and rotation assignments are forwarded to the Progress Committee.

Current members of the Progress Committee are:

Craig Beeson (Chair), Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences
Antonieta Lavin, Neuroscience
Robin Muise-Helmericks, Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology
Joyce Nicholas, Public Health Sciences
Besim Ogretmen, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Christina Voelkel-Johnson, Microbiology and Immunology
Andy Wessels, Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology

Probation Policy: First Year Curriculum students are required to maintain a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 according to the following guidelines:

  1. Students receiving less than a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of a semester will be placed on academic probation.
  2. Students on academic probation must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of the following semester to be removed from academic probation.
  3. Students who remain on academic probation for two consecutive semesters can be dismissed from the program. Students have the right to appeal this decision to the Progress Committee. Any decision by the Progress Committee can be appealed to the Dean.

Student Teaching: As graduate students progress in their studies, becoming integral members of the academic community, they are encouraged to teach in the First Year Curriculum. Graduate student and postdoctoral fellow participation may include formal lectures, composition of exam questions, assisting Unit leaders with grading of student assignments/tests, and participation in flex-time activities (small-group discussions or technical demonstrations). Unit leaders determine the extent to which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows teach in their Units. Unit leaders review all graduate student and postdoc teaching participation for appropriate content, accuracy and professional delivery. A prerequisite for student and postdoc teaching in the First Year Curriculum is completion of CGS 725 (Teaching Techniques, Dr. Ruth Patterson), or documented evidence of equivalent training or teaching experience.


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