Current Student Resources

Resources for M.S. and Ph.D. Students

Deadlines

Departmental Deadlines

The following table summarizes student benchmarks for both PLSC M.S. and Ph.D. students:

         BENCHMARK      MS DEGREE         PH.D. DEGREE
Selection of advisory committee End of 1st semester of study End of 1st semester of study
Approved Plan of Study End of 1st semester of study End of 1st semester of study
Approved Research Proposal or Plan End of 2nd semester End of 3rd semester
Advisory Committee Meeting At least once per year At least once per year

Annual Progress and Accomplishment

Report

Yearly, due every spring semester Yearly, due every spring semester
Candidacy Examination N/A End of 5th semester

Graduate School Deadlines

Deadlines for admissions, class registration, fellowship and award, thesis, dissertation and graduation can be found on the Graduate School's website.  

Univeristy academic deadlines (drop/add, credit level changes, withdrawl, etc.) can be found on the Office of the Registrar's Academic Deadlines page.

    Graduation Deadlines                    

    Admission Deadlines                                                       

     Registration Deadlines               

    Fellowship Deadlines                                 

Reminder: It is the responsibility of the student to comply with the various deadlines.  In many cases, exceptions will not be granted.

Graduate Student Registration

Please remember that it is your responsibility to keep track and understand the deadlines and implications of not meeting them.  There are financial implications when the deadlines are not met. 

 Academic Deadlines    Explanation of Schedule Adjustment Period             

 

Graduate Handbook

The PLSC Graduate Program Handbook was approved by the PSLA faculty.  It contains important policies and useful information for students whose first semester of enrollment is spring 2016 or after.  Policies specified by the previous versions of the PLSC Graduate Program Handbook are still applicable to graduate students who joined the PLSC program before spring 2016.

Topics covered in the PLSC Graduate Program Handbook are as follow:

  • PLSC Graduate Program Overview

  • Facilities and Special Resources

  • Admission to the Plant Science Graduate Program

  • Financial Aid

  • Advisement and appointment of Advisory Committee

  • Specific Responsibilities of the Major Professor and Advisory Committee

  • Review of Student Progress and Accomplishments

  • Requirements for Degree of Master of Science (thesis option) and Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

  • Student Benchmarks

  • Deadlines for Graduate Students

  • Course Registration Policies 

  • PLSC Forms and General Forms from the Graduate School

  • Department Contacts

Downloadable Graduate Handbook

If you have any questions please email pslagradadvising@umd.edu

Plant Science Graduate Forms

PLSC Forms:

If you fill out a form this may require the signature of the Graduate Director. Please include the Graduate Director, Dr. Gary Coleman, and your graduate advisor, when submitting these forms to the Graduate School.

These forms are filled out between you and your advisor. Copies of these forms go to the Instructional Programs Office located in PLS 2139 as well as pslagradadvising@umd.edu.

Click below for downloadable graduate forms:

Plan of Study  

Appointment of Research Advisory/Examination Committee

Research Proposal/Plan approval

Report of Annual Advisory Committee Meeting

Appointment of Qualifying Examination Committee

Qualifying Examination Approval

Graduate Outcome Assessment- M.S. Thesis Defense Evaluation

Graduate Outcome Assesment- Ph.D. Candidacy Examination Evaluation

Graduate Outcome Assessment- Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Evaluation

Instruction Section Numbers

 

The instructional section numbers will be required when you register for the following classes:

  • PLSC399 Special Problems in Plant Science

  • PLSC799 Master's Thesis Research

  • PLSC898 Pre-Candidacy Research

  • PLSC899 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Instructor Name Spring and Fall Terms Summer I Terms Summer II Terms

Carroll, Mark J.

0401

0104

0204

Cochran, Diana

0501

0105

0205

Coleman, Gary D.

1001

0110

0210

Costa, Jose M.

1201

0112

0212

Culver, James N.

6401

0164

0264

Ellis, Christopher

3801

0138

0238

Everts, Kathryne L.

1801

0118

0218

Farcuh, Macarena

2101

0121

0221

Fiorellino, Nicole

1901

0119

0219

Johnson, Lea R.

3201

0132

0232

Hu, Mengjun

3301

0133

0233

Kratochvil, Robert J.

2601

0126

0226

Kweon, Byoung-Suk

5801

0158

0258

Lea-Cox, John D.

2801

0128

0228

Liu, Zhongchi

7301

0173

0273

Micallef, Shirley A.

7001

0170

0270

Murphy, Angus

7401

0174

0274

Myers, David

3401

0134

0234

Neel, Maile C.

3601

0136

0236

Peer, Wendy A.

7501

0175

0275

Phillips, William H.

4401

0144

0244

Qi, Yiping

7101

0171

0271

Rawat, Nidhi

3901

0139

0239

Ritter, Ronald L.

4001

0140

0240

Roberts, Joseph A.

4201

0142

0242

Sachs, Naomi

7801

0178

0278

Schulz, Burkhard

7601

0176

0276

Sullivan, Joseph H.

4601

0146

0246

Tiwari, Vijay

4701

0147

0247

Tully, Katherine L.

7201

0172

0272

Turner, Thomas R.

5001

0150

0250

Walsh, Christopher S.

5201

0152

0252

Welsh, Melissa

5501

0155

0255

Wight, Jason

5301

0153

0253

Xiao, Shunyuan

6601

0166

0266

Zhu, Jianhua

6201

0162

0262

Calendars

Calendars:

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