Graduate Student Resources
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Graduate Student Organization
Developing Communication Skills
Some Advice -
Science is not just recording data as you wield a pipettor or noting observations taken through a microscope. You must communicate your findings to the larger community. Developing your ability to communicate scientifically is a central part of your graduate education, and perhaps the single most valuable skill you will gain during your degree training. At a minimum, you should be attending departmental seminars and reading journal articles (receiving the table of contents from the top two journals in your field as well as the journal you intend to submit your next paper to would be a start). You can also look through the links here for tips on better communication.
On Writing -
An online course on scientific writing from Duke University’s Graduate School
Talking About Your Research -
The Elevator Talk
Frequently Asked Questions
From Prospective Students
What are the deadlines to apply?
Our official deadlines are 15 October for January admission and 10 January for August admission. We will accept applications after the deadline, and often these can be considered in full, but we only have a limited number of support lines to offer and these may fill before late applications arrive.
What are the minimum requirements for admission?
The LSU Graduate School requires a Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA. Under exceptional situations, this can be waived for one semester on the stipulation that a 3.0 GPA be met and maintained throughout graduate study at LSU.
In addition, the Department has required a minimum combined (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE score of 1100, or about 302 under the new scoring system.
Is tuition paid for?
Yes, this is part of your support package. You are responsible for additional University fees, however, which total about $1600 a semester.
From Current Students
Why can’t I register for classes?
Fees and tuition must be paid before you can register. You can do this by deferring payment. Remember to hit the “Complete Registration” button at the bottom of the page.
In addition, incoming international students must attend the ISO orientation and comlete all necessary paperwork before they can register. They will also need to take their spoken English exam.”
How many credits do I need to enroll for?
A minimum of 9, however we STRONGLY recommend taking 12 (or 13 if you have a 4-credit course). The reason for this is that students sometimes feel the need to drop a course, but LSU cannot pay you if you go below 9 credits. Enrolling for the extra credits gives you a safety buffer.
Can any credits from my previous graduate study transfer to LSU?
Yes, up to 12. Remember that your class requirements still depend on what your Qualifying Exam Committee sees as adequate to prepare you for your thesis studies.
How many members does my Qualifying Committee require?
A minimum of three, at least two of theme full members of the Department.
How do I schedule my Qualifying Exam?
You can do this on your own: contact Chimene (Grad Office) or Darlene (202 LSB) to schedule a room. You will need to download a Doctoral Degree Audit form as well.
How many members does by General Exam committee require?
A minimum of four; at least two full Department members, plus a Dean's Representative to be assigned by the Graduate School.
How do I schedule my General Exam?
You will need to file a Request for General Exam to the Grad School via Prissy to get approval for the exam at least three weeks prior. You can schedule a room and time on your own, although you'll need to hear back from the Grad School on who your Dean's Rep will be.
How do I get a Dean's Rep for my General Exam?
The Grad School will appoint one. This is part of the reason they need the three-week leadtime. The Grad School will notify Prissy of the Dean's Rep's name and contact info and she will pass it along to the student and the major professor.
How do I schedule my exit seminar?
Enroll in BIOL 7921 and set a date with the appropriate seminar series (CDIB/BMB or SEE). To complete your degree that same semester, you will have to defend and turn in your thesis by about six weeks before commencement - be sure to check early with Prissy on the exact deadline. See the Request for Final Exam here.
How do I get degree-only status?
This is granted by the Graduate School, not the Department, and requires that the final defense has been completed and the thesis submitted.