Thesis Defense and Project Planning
This section is intended for Masters-level students who are planning their MS theses, oral defenses, and Project activities. This page has five parts. They are:
- Regulatory Sciences Thesis and Project Paths summary
- UGA Regulatory Sciences Master’s Degree Student Guide (PDF)
- UGA Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines (applies to thesis students)
- Critical Expectations of MS Thesis and Project Students
- How to Request Services from the UGA Regulatory Sciences Program
Graduate students in the RS Department are encouraged to review these guidelines regularly, since policies are often clarified each semester.
1. Regulatory Sciences Thesis and Project Paths summary
2. UGA Regulatory Sciences Master’s Degree Student Guide (PDF)
3. UGA Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines (applies to thesis students)
4. Critical Expectations of MS Thesis and Project Students
1) The student is fully responsible for researching and following all of the requirements stipulated by the UGA Graduate School and those published by the department pertaining to graduation dates, scheduling of exams and defenses. When there are questions, ask the department promptly.
2) The student is expected to work closely with the major professor and committee from the point of proposal, IRB submission, through the drafting of the final thesis or project report. Students should expect input and guidance from the committee pertaining to methodology, survey instruments and obstacles encountered in the process.
3) The student is responsible for submitting drafts of the project paper or thesis to the committee as the document is written and revised. This enables the committee to provide input, recommendations or seek clarification on content.
4) The student is responsible for scheduling his/her comprehensive exam and thesis or project defense in proper sequence and with adequate time for committee review. Departmental policy stipulates that the final draft of the thesis or project paper is due to the committee a minimum of two weeks prior to the date of the defense.
5) The committee is intended to provide concurrent input and guidance to the student as the research project unfolds. This helps minimize miscommunications and maximizes the learning experience for the student.
5. How to Request Services from the UGA Regulatory Sciences Program
In an effort to help MS students plan and complete thesis or final projects, students may utilize some of the services within the UGA Regulatory Affairs Office. The services include the use of teleconference services, web-conferencing, or the scheduling of classrooms on the Gwinnett or Athens campuses. To request services, email Cindy Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure that you have coordinated the date and time of your meeting with your faculty committee before you request services. If you are making a change to an existing request, please email email@example.com with your modifications.
1) You are responsible for coordinating meeting dates and times with your committee participants. The RS Office does not coordinate planning meetings or thesis defenses.
2) You must allow the RS Office a minimum of 72 hours lead time on ALL requests. Allow additional time if you submit your request over the weekend. Do not wait until the last minute. The more time you can give the department, the better.
3) If you have not heard from the RS Office within 48 hour time-frame during the work week, please call 678-985-6809. Allow additional time if your request is submitted over the weekend.
4) If you require assistance with using eLC or Blackboard Classroom for your meeting or defense, you should contact Johnna Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a practice session. Again, you must allow sufficient time: minimum of 72 hours lead time on ALL requests. Allow additional time if you submit your request over the weekend or a holiday. Do not wait until the last minute. The more time you can give the department, the better.