Academic Program Plan for Graduate Students


Details can be found in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Graduate Handbook available at https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/grad_doctoral.php

Year 1

Fall Quarter
Recommended:

  • The week before the start of the Fall Quarter: Field Trip for New Students
  • The first week of the Fall Quarter: Graduate and EEB orientation meetings

Required:

  • October: All students should form and meet as soon as possible with their curriculum committee to plan coursework for their first year.
  • November: All students write research proposals as part of EE Bio 250. Eligible students should apply for a major doctoral fellowship (e.g., NSF Dissertation Fellowship, NIH, EPA-STAR, etc). Regardless of this requirement, as part of EEB 250, you will write a proposal in this format.

Fall and Winter Quarters
Required:

  • You must pass at the appropriate level for your program (Masters or Ph.D.), the Departmental Written Qualifying Exams (DWQE) from 2 of the 3 classes (200A-Evolution, 200B-Ecology, or 200C-Behavior). If you do not pass at the Ph.D. level, make-up exams must be completed before 1 October of year 2.

Spring Quarter
Required:

  • First week of Spring Quarter: A draft of your literature review/pre-proposal should be submitted to your DWQE committee. They will provide feedback in the third week of Spring Quarter. If there is some exceptional problem requiring an extension to this deadline, you must get advance approval from the Faculty DWQE Supervisor and the Graduate Advisor.
  • The final draft of your literature review/pre-proposal is due the eighth week of the quarter. This proposal should help prepare students for pilot studies for dissertation. Again, if there is some exceptional problem requiring an extension to this deadline, you must get advance approval from the Faculty DWQE Supervisor and the Graduate Advisor.

Summer
Recommended:

  • Conduct pilot studies, polish dissertation proposal.
  • If you are not a California resident, you should apply for residency. The department does not guarantee payment of non resident tuition for eligible students who fail to obtain residency

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Recommended:

  • November: This is the last time to apply for a NSF Dissertation Fellowship. Students are encouraged to apply for other suitable fellowships as well.

Spring Quarter
Required:

  • Students should take their Oral Qualifying Exam and advance to candidacy by the end of their second year. This deadline will ensure feedback from committee members before start of dissertation research. Nonresident students (including international students) in a Ph.D. program qualify for a 100% reduction in the cost of non-resident tuition the quarter after they advance to doctoral candidacy for a maximum of three calendar years. The department does not guarantee non-resident tuition for any student who has not advanced to candidacy by the end of year 2.

Year 3

Fall Quarter
Recommended:

  • November/December (annually): NSF-Dissertation Improvement Grant application due.

Winter Quarter
Warning:

  • Any student who has not advanced to candidacy by the end of the Winter Quarter of their third year will lose "good standing" and be ineligible for on-going Departmental or University support (e.g., Teaching Assistantships and UCLA fellowships).

Recommended:

  • Meet with your entire committee some time during year 3 (this is an annual requirement starting the year after advancement to candidacy, but it's always a good idea to stay in touch with your committee members). A single meeting with all the committee present is preferable, but if it is logistically difficult or impossible individual meetings are acceptable.

Years 4 and Year 5

Fall Quarter
Required:

  • Until you have completed your Ph.D., you must arrange a meeting with your dissertation committee and file an annual progress report before the end of the quarter that is signed by all committee members.

Recommended:

  • November/December (annually): NSF-Dissertation Improvement Grant application due

Winter Quarter
Recommended:

  • Mid-March (annually): UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship application due

Graduating

Required:

  • You must be enrolled the quarter you file your dissertation, or you must pay a "filing fee" the quarter that you file your dissertation. Deadlines that your signed dissertation is due at the Graduate Division vary by quarter, but typically dissertations are due a few weeks before the end of the quarter. The official UCLA manuscript preparation guide is at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/thesis.pdf.

Revised: 2 October 2008