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1 PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK

2 INTRODUCTION The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University is the smallest of the top-ranked departments in the country. Consequently, our students and faculty have considerable flexibility in graduate studies and can design programs that are especially suited to each student s needs and Hopkins resources. Nonetheless, certain regulations, requirements, and deadlines still exist. Some of these are stipulated by the University, others by the Department. Although the faculty and staff will do their best to help you meet them, you are ultimately the only one who can fulfill the requirements for your Ph.D. Thus, you should carefully read the following material and be certain to achieve each goal by the indicated deadline. You should also be familiar with the material in the current Johns Hopkins handbook available online and also from the Registrar s office. We have attempted to make this handbook thorough and accurate. We appreciate suggestions for revisions of this handbook because we alter it each year for the incoming class. The program description in this handbook is the one that will apply to your complete graduate program. Please check your progress regularly with your advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. We hope you will find this handbook helpful, and that your time at Hopkins is satisfying and productive. Signed, Dr. Susan Courtney Director of Graduate Studies & Acting Department Chair 1

3 TABLE OF CONTENTS Contact Information... 4 The Department... 6 Academic Calendar... 7 Requirements for Ph.D...9 Summary... 9 Courses and Seminars... 9 Proseminars... 9 Advanced Seminars Topical Seminar Statistics First Year Research Projects...10 Advanced Examination...11 Literature Review...11 Thesis Plan Dissertation Graduate Board Oral Examination...13 Teaching Assistantships...14 Professional Seminars Progress toward Ph.D First Year Second Year Third/Fourth Year...15 Final Year...15 Experimetrix...15 Graduate Program Requirements Checklist...17 Year Year Year Year Requirements for M.A General Academic Information...21 Grades Formal Evaluation...22 Colloquia...22 Student Representation on Steering Committee Registration...23 Summer Leave of Absence...24 Term Leave of Absence...24 International Medical Leave of Absence...24 Reporting Responsibilities

4 Financial Support for Students Applying for Fellowships...25 Finding a Job/Post-Doctoral Position...26 Travel English as a Second Language (ESL) Course Guidelines for Teaching Assistantships The Teaching Practicum...27 TA Duties...29 Faculty Responsibilities Grievance Procedure...30 Procedure/Rules for Posting Grades...30 Research with Animal Subjects...31 Research with Human Subjects Ethical Considerations...32 Review Board on the use of Human Subjects...32 Informed Consent Payment of Subjects...32 Volunteer Subject Pool...32 Johns Hopkins University Policy on Integrity in Research Promoting Integrity in Research...32 Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Research Fraud...32 General Policies Shop...33 Computer Facilities...33 Laboratory Space...34 Undergraduate Research Assistants Photography...34 Copier...34 Keys Mail...35 Materials For Classes Petty Cash Reimbursements...35 Bulletin Boards Seminar Rooms...36 Student Information

5 THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL & BRAIN SCIENCES FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION Full-Time Faculty Name Phone Location Ball, Gregory Ames 230 Courtney, Susan Ames 227 Egeth, Howard Ames 226 Feigenson, Lisa Ames 221 Flombaum, Jonathan Ames 224 Gallagher, Michela Ames 216B Halberda, Justin Ames 231 Holland, Peter Ames 222 Shelton, Amy Ames 223 Stuphorn, Veit Krieger 362 Yantis, Steven Ames 228 Yassa, Michael Ames 216A Part-Time Lecturers & Joint Appointment Faculty Name Phone Location/Affiliation Allen, Richard Bayview Campus/ Neurology Med Connor, Charles Krieger 358/ Neuroscience Med Drigotas, Stephen Ames 138/PBS Edwin, David Meyer 218/ Psychiatry Med Glazer, Jessica Harbor East/Career Services Gorman, Linda Ames 132/PBS Hendry, Stewart Krieger 338/ Mind Brain Inst. Hofer, Paul U.S. Sentencing Commission Hsiao, Steven Krieger 338/ Mind Brain Inst Jarema, Ann Ames 128 4

6 Part-Time & Joint Appointment Faculty (cont.) Name Phone Location/Affiliation Kirkwood, Alfredo Krieger 352/ Neuroscience-Med Kraft, Chris Bayview Campus/ Psychiatry- Med Madison, Farrah Dunning 434 McGlaughlin, Ames 128 Meghan McKahnn, Guy Krieger 338 / Mind Brain Inst. Guy Niebur, Ernst Krieger 338/ Mind Brain Inst. Noonberg, Aaron Osler Drive/ PBS Petri, Herbert Towson University/ PBS Raifman, Cross Keys Suite 416/ PBS Lawrence Rapp, Brenda Krieger 135/ Cognitive Science Roberts, Heather Administrative Staff Name Phone Location/Affiliation Dalrymple, Laura Ames 204/Academic Program Coordinator Feldmeyer, Julie Ames 204/Dept Secretary Horne, Dru Ames 204/ Budget Specialist - nonsponsored accounts Swisdak, Rebecca Ames 204/Dept. Administrator Valenti, Laurel Ames 204/Rsch Svc Analyst - sponsored accounts 5

7 THE DEPARTMENT Chair: Dr. Steven Yantis Director of Graduate Studies (DGS): Dr. Susan Courtney Administrative Manager: Rebecca Swisdak manages the overall administration of the department, and is the liaison for administrative matters between the Department, Central Administration, and the Dean s office. She supervises the administrative staff, processes faculty and research staff appointment letters, advises the chair on administrative procedures and policies, and takes care of human resource issues. Administrative Staff: Research Service Analyst: Laurel Valenti provides financial management to the department. She manages federally funded grants and oversees the administration of department general funds. Laurel processes reimbursements and purchases for sponsored accounts. Budget Specialist: Dru Horne administers non-sponsored funds, including reimbursements. She processes payroll for faculty, staff, graduate students, faculty affiliates, and undergraduates. Dru is also the custodian of the department s petty cash account. Academic Program Coordinator: Laura Dalrymple coordinates all graduate program/admissions administration, from recruitment to graduation. She is responsible for the revision of the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Handbooks, and coordinates course scheduling and textbook/desk copy orders. She also maintains the Experimetrix website, along with maintaining the undergraduate, graduate and alumni pages on the departmental website. Department Administrative Secretary: Julie Feldmeyer manages the department security system, schedules department rooms, details of department colloquia, copier accounts and billing, audio visual/equipment, supplies, and mail and parcel distribution. Julie also administers all department office keys and coordinates all telecommunication service for the department. Information Technology Specialist: Jesse Warford is the Information Technology contact for the department. His duties include computer purchasing, hardware and software support, cost analysis, e- mail addresses and internet connections. Jesse also works with the faculty to keep their web pages upto-date, and assists with programming for research projects. Instrument Designer: Jim Garmon manages the Department shop, which includes a wood shop, machine shop, and electronic shop. Jim is responsible for the design and construction of research apparatus requested by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences faculty and graduate students. Requests for shop jobs and Jim s time should be placed through your faculty advisor. Other administrators, research staff, and secretaries in the Department are directly responsible to the faculty who employ them with funds from their grants and contracts. 6

8 OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR HOMEWOOD CAMPUS JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY Academic Calendar for The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering Full-Time Programs Fall 2014 Saturday, August 23 - Wednesday, August 27 Thursday, August 28 Monday, September 1 Friday, September 12 Sunday, October 12 Thursday, October 16 Friday, October 17 Sunday, October 19 Monday, November 10 Mon, 11/10 - Seniors (7 a.m.) Wed, 11/12 Juniors (7 a.m.) Fri, 11/14 Sophomores (7 a.m.) Mon, 11/17 Freshmen (7 a.m.) Friday, November 14 Monday, November 24 - Sunday, November 30 Monday, December 1 Friday, December 5 Saturday, December 6 - Tuesday, December 9 Wednesday, December 10 - Friday, December 19 Saturday, December 20 - Sunday, January 4 Orientation for all new undergraduates First day of classes Labor Day no classes Last day to add courses Last day to drop courses Classes meet according to Monday schedule Fall Break - classes suspended Undergraduate registration for spring term Last day for course withdrawal Undergraduates last day to change to S/U option Thanksgiving vacation Graduate registration for spring term Last day of classes Reading period Final examination period Mid-year vacation Page 1 of 2

9 Spring 2015 Monday, January 5 - Friday, January 23 Monday, January 19 Monday, January 26 Friday, February 6 Sunday, March 8 Monday, March 16 - Sunday, March 22 Monday, April 6 Mon, 4/6 Rising and Continuing Seniors (7 a.m.) Wed, 4/8 Rising and Continuing Juniors (7 a.m.) Fri, 4/10 Rising and Continuing Sophomores (7a.m.) Friday, April 17 Monday, April 20 Friday, May 1 Saturday, May 2 - Tuesday, May 5 Wednesday, May 6 - Thursday, May 14 Thursday, May 21 Intersession Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday; No Intersession classes First day of classes Last day to add courses Last day to drop courses Spring vacation Undergraduate registration for fall term Last day for course withdrawal Undergraduates last day to change to S/U option Graduate registration for fall term Last day of classes Reading period Final examination period University Commencement Updated registration information: March 20, 2014 Page 2 of 2

10 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PH.D. Below is a short description of each of the major requirements to be completed during your graduate years here. A typical schedule for completing these requirements follows. These descriptions are very general, and are designed to acquaint you with each requirement. More detailed information should be obtained from your faculty advisor. Length of Program The graduate program typically requires five years to complete. Your progress and schedule will be evaluated each semester during the first year, and annually at the end of each year after that. Adequate progress towards the Ph.D. degree is a prerequisite to continued stipend and tuition funding. Neither tuition nor stipend will be awarded for a fifth-year student who does not have an acceptable thesis plan by September 1 of their fifth year. Funding is not available for graduate study beyond the fifth year. Summary 2 Core Topics in PBS Courses Literature Review 2 Statistics Courses Thesis Plan 1 Advanced Seminar Dissertation Courses and Seminars as appropriate Graduate Board Oral First Year Research Project Teaching Practica Advanced Examination Professional Psychology Responsible Conduct in Research Ethics Courses and Seminars Each student will identify one area in which to concentrate. The areas available are biopsychology, developmental psychology, and cognitive psychology. The student will develop intensive knowledge and understanding of the area of concentration through Advanced Seminars, Topical Seminars, and research experience. The course requirement for students entering with an advanced degree (e.g., a Masters) will be determined on a case by case basis by the student s advisor in consultation with the student and the faculty. The requirements will be set based on the student s past experience and future needs. For courses in the Department, a student who is exceptionally well-prepared may elect to pass the course by examination, without attending class sessions, or by serving as a teaching assistant in the course and passing a special examination. Courses outside the Department must be taken in the regular way. All courses must be passed with a grade of B- or better (B- is passing, but unsatisfactory). General background in the field of psychology is imparted through 2 Core Topics in PBS courses and Fundamentals of PBS, each of which cover major areas of psychology. These complementary courses may include class lectures, discussion, papers, and examinations at the discretion of the instructors. Each student is required to successfully complete both Core Topics A & B, offered in alternating Spring semesters / Core Topics in PBS A / Core Topics in PBS B 8

11 Advanced Seminars Advanced Seminars are more specialized in content than a Core Topics, but are still geared to students with interests both inside and outside the area. An Advanced Seminar will require that students make formal presentations, and there will be papers and/or examinations. Students are required to complete one Advanced Seminar outside their concentration area. Completion of an additional Advanced Seminar is strongly recommended. Topical Seminars A Topical Seminar covers a narrow topic tailored to the interests of faculty and students. The topic will vary from time to time. The format of the seminar is optional, and the course may or may not require formal tests of knowledge. Students are urged to complete Topical Seminars as appropriate. Statistics A thorough understanding of statistics is useful in almost all research settings. Two statistics courses are required during the first year of graduate training. The normal sequence is , Advanced Statistical Methods, taught in the fall, followed by AS / Quantitative Methods for Brain Sciences in the spring. Especially well-prepared students may substitute appropriate advanced quantitative courses in other departments. You are encouraged to take more statistics, as appropriate. First Year Research Project During the first year, the student will carry out a research project that will provide extended research experience. Your faculty advisor will provide guidance in devising and conducting the project. A project topic should be selected by the beginning of the second semester. A first-year project report should be submitted to your advisor by April 1 of your first year in order to meet the April 15 deadline. The deadline for submitting the first year project is firm; please plan your time to meet this important milestone. This will be a part of your first-year evaluation. The report may take either of two forms: (1) a final report that includes all of the information appropriate for published work; (2) a formal proposal that presents the nature of the problem, reviews the relevant literature, and describes the work that has been done so far (i.e., by April 15), together with a description of what remains to be done, and how the anticipated data will be analyzed and interpreted. In either case the report should follow the style described in the Publication Manual of the APA. The report is read and evaluated by your advisor and one other faculty member. If the student provides only a proposal (option 2), then the final report of the completed project is due no later than December 15 of the second year. Again, two faculty members will read and evaluate this report. Your faculty advisor should let the Academic Program Coordinator know when you have completed this milestone. Listed below are a few references that may help you to prepare your manuscripts. American Psychological Association, Council of Editors. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, (5th ed.), Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. The Department provides each incoming graduate student with a copy of this publication. Sternberg, R. (1977). Writing the psychology paper. Woodberry, N.Y.: Barron s Educational Series, Inc. Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E.B. (1972). The Elements of Style (3rd ed.) New York: Macmillan. Advanced Examination 9

12 The Advanced Examination is designed to assess expertise in the student s area of concentration. The examining committee will consist of the advisor and two additional faculty members. The area of the examination, and its format, is established by this committee. The exam must be completed before the fall semester of your third year and will include a multi-day written portion and an oral portion. The Advanced Examination is broad; e.g., cognitive psychology, not just attention; psychobiology, not just motivation. Before the end of your second year you should have your committee members selected and should prepare a bibliography of books and articles that cover your advanced area. Your committee will review this list and will make additions and changes. Upon completion of the examination, a brief letter describing the results will be signed by the committee and will be sent to the Academic Program Coordinator for placement in your file. Literature Review The literature review should be modeled on articles appearing in the Psychological Bulletin or in some other high-quality journal of reviews and it should be suitable for publication in such a journal. Ordinarily, it will provide a background for the thesis plan, but you may prepare a literature review on a topic other than the one selected for your thesis. In either case, the literature review should be a separate document. It will be evaluated by the same committee of at least three faculty members from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who evaluate your thesis plan. The literature review should be submitted to the committee prior to or simultaneously with the thesis plan, by April 15 of your fourth year. Thesis Plan The thesis plan is a detailed document stating the issue you wish to address in your dissertation, the experimental design to be used, and the way you will interpret the various possible results. In essence, it is a proposal for a research project with predictions and preliminary data, rather than results. The outline of the experiments should be sufficiently clear that the readers will fully understand your procedures. Include a timetable with the schedule you anticipate following in conducting the research. The more nearly complete your plan, the easier it will be to carry out the research and to write the subsequent dissertation. This plan should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than June 30 following your fourth year. Three or more full-time faculty from this department constitutes your thesis plan committee. In addition, faculty from other departments may serve on the committee. This committee is chosen by your advisor and submitted to the DGS and the Graduate Board for approval. You should present your plan to this committee for initial evaluation in the spring semester of your fourth year. Dissertation research cannot proceed until the Thesis Plan has formally been approved. The written proposal for your dissertation research is first approved by your faculty advisor, and a copy is provided to each member of the committee at least two weeks before you meet with them. The written proposal should include the following: a. Statement of problem. b. Review of literature relevant to the problem. c. Detailed statement of the procedure including experiment design and methods, a realistic time schedule, cost estimate, arrangements for subjects, etc. d. Nature of expected results and anticipated method of data analysis. e. Contingency plans. 10

13 The general nature of the problem should be explained first, in about a page. Then the relevant literature should be discussed. If possible, this discussion should be organized to build up to the specific instantiation of the problem that you propose, to suggest that yours is the natural next step. Include preliminary data if you have it. You should discuss the thesis plan with your faculty advisor in considerable detail, and your advisor should help you prepare for the presentation of your plan to the committee. You should come to the thesis plan prepared to give a minute oral summary of the proposal. The committee, in turn, may raise questions about problems they foresee and in general help you plan a dissertation of the highest possible quality. The recommendations of the committee will be discussed at the meeting and then presented to you in writing shortly after the meeting. The written summary of the committee s recommendations usually describes the proposed research and the departmental faculty members who will serve as first and second referees for the Dissertation itself. A copy of this summary should be sent by the chairperson of your committee to the Academic Program Coordinator for your file. You should discuss your financial needs with your faculty advisor to be certain that the dissertation research is economically feasible. There are also outside sources for support of dissertation research. In most instances, applications for support from such sources must be made well before the final year. No later than December 15 of your final academic year, the thesis plan committee will reconvene and review with you the progress of your dissertation research. A summary of progress and analyses should be made available to each member of the thesis plan committee prior to this meeting. At the end of the meeting, the committee members will decide if an additional meeting will be necessary before the Graduate Board Orals. Dissertation The dissertation should be your finest and most independent piece of scholarly work to date. It often establishes the pattern for a research career and the basis for post-doctoral study and/or employment. Faculty members have different styles of working with students on dissertations, but in general you should initially present a detailed outline of the dissertation to your advisor, and then work closely with your advisor until the dissertation is completed. A draft of the dissertation should be prepared at least one month before the final deadline. Revisions are always necessary, and several drafts may be needed before the final version is ready. The process always takes longer than you think it will. Please see the Academic Program Coordinator for a packet containing guidelines for preparing the dissertation. Up-to-date guidelines can also be found on the web at: (GBO Deadlines) Graduate Board Oral Examination The final requirement for the Ph.D. is the Graduate Board Oral Examination, at which you defend your thesis orally before a faculty committee consisting of three faculty members of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and at least two members of the Hopkins faculty outside the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. These two outside faculty members cannot be from the same department. In the event that you pick a Hopkins faculty member whose home department does 11

14 not offer a graduate degree, special arrangements will need to be made. If your committee member is outside of Hopkins they will need to be approved by the Graduate Board Chair. Please see the Academic Program Coordinator, in Ames 204 if this should occur. Additionally, one internal and one external alternate must also be listed, in case of emergencies. Selection of the outside members of the GBO examining committee is in principle the responsibility of the department, but in practice is the joint responsibility of the faculty advisor and the student. The student is responsible for initiating the process with the faculty advisor. The faculty advisor is responsible for recommending relevant persons. The Academic Program Coordinator will help in scheduling the exam and determining availability of faculty. Scheduling must be arranged according to specific guidelines established by the Graduate Board, so the process should be started well in advance of your GBO exam. The membership of the examining committee must be approved by the Graduate Board. A copy of the dissertation must be given to each member of your committee at least two weeks before the date of your exam. At the GBO exam, you should expect to present a minute talk (with slides) summarizing the goals and key findings of the dissertation. This will be followed by detailed questions from each member of the GBO Committee. The exam usually lasts about two hours. Once you have passed your GBO and made whatever changes or corrections in your dissertation that may have been suggested or required by the examining committee, the Chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will certify to the Graduate Board that you have fulfilled all the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. You are required to submit one copy of your dissertation to the M.S.E. Library, and another copy to the Department. The Graduate Board formally certifies the completion of all requirements in November and May of each year. The University confers degrees in May of each year. The degree is conferred only if you are in good financial standing with the University and do not owe the University for rent, registration, loans, parking fines, tuition, etc. Normally, the registrar notifies you of problems before graduation. The system, however, is subject to error. You should check with the registrar to see if there is any delinquency, and respond quickly to any notice. Teaching Assistantships Teaching requirements are fulfilled by graduate students serving as teaching assistants to members of the Department s faculty, in courses taught in the School of Arts and Sciences. A committee composed of graduate student representatives participates each semester in the selection of teaching assignments. This committee has developed a set of guidelines for and about teaching assistants that are described later in this handbook. Advanced Students may apply for a Dean s Teaching Fellowship. A course is proposed by the student and is sponsored by a faculty member. These are highly competitive and prestigious awards. For details please see It is mandatory that first year graduate students attend the TA Orientation. Professional Seminar The first semester is designed for first-year students and offers an opportunity to meet each faculty member individually, and to discuss their research programs. Topics of general interest to beginning graduate students will also be discussed. In alternate years, second and third year students participate in professional development seminars. These seminars includes such topics as teaching, preparing a curriculum vita, types of employment, finding a job, writing and reviewing scientific papers, presenting work at professional 12

15 meetings, preparing grant proposals, professional ethics, care of animal and human subjects, and professional organizations. 13

16 PROGRESS TOWARD THE PH.D. The typical sequence of requirements for the Ph.D. Degree is outlined here briefly, in chronological order. First Year Registration. Please register for classes as soon as possible, normally before the beginning of each semester; consult your advisor before doing so. Your advisor will need to remove your hold, in ISIS, in order for you to register. Please see the Academic Program Coordinator if you have any problems. Courses and Seminars. During the first year you will enroll in Statistics (both semesters), the available Proseminar, research, and teaching assistantship (second semester). A variety of courses and seminars is available from which to choose; a course list is posted each semester. Please consult with your advisor about your schedule. See also the typical schedule outlined below. Responsible Conduct of Research ( ) The curriculum is based on the principles given by the U.S. Federal Office of Research Integrity (www.ori.dhhs.gov) and includes approaches by researchers throughout the world. Specific topics covered include scientific misconduct, conflict of interest, mentorship, academic integrity, data management practices, publication practices, and human and animal subjects research regulations. These topics are discussed from the point of view of researchers in laboratory-based, qualitative, and quantitative disciplines. Research ( ) As soon as possible after arriving at Hopkins, you should find an area in which to acquire research experience and begin work under the supervision of your advisor. This project may be one for which you have the primary responsibility, or it may be one in which you collaborate extensively with others. In most cases, you will continue with this research for the entire first year, although you may change at any time if that is appropriate. At the end of the second semester of your first year, you will submit either a formal proposal for your first year project or a final written report of the first year project. This document is due, to the Academic Program Coordinator by April 15 in the second semester. The final report is due on December 15 of your second year. Teaching Practicum ( ) Typically, in the second semester of your first year you will act as a teaching assistant for one of the courses offered by the faculty. Please remember to register for , Teaching Practicum. Advance Teaching Practicum ( ) is for those graduate students that are TAing LAPD or Foundations of Mind. Topics in Psychological and Brain Sciences ( ) A weekly series of lunch-hour meetings is held for the first year students to discuss professional and academic issues. This provides an opportunity to meet each faculty member individually. Core Topics in PBS A/B ( /655) This course is designed to introduce students to core topics in psychological and brain sciences. Students will read seminal and contemporary papers in topics that cover the breadth of the field. Fundamentals of PBS ( ) An introduction to the fundamental principles of cognitive and physiological psychology. 14

17 Summers The summer months provide one of the best times to pursue research. Most students stay at Hopkins during the summer and continue their research. The Academic Program Coordinator will register each graduate student in summer research. Second Year During your second year, you should continue your studies by taking the offered Proseminar, as well as an Advanced Seminar, topical seminars, and a research seminar. Talk with your advisor about any graduate courses that you may wish to take. You should be actively engaged in research. A teaching practicum is also required for each semester. You will continue doing research, which may include finishing your first year project, conducting follow-up research, or starting a new project. If at the end of the first year you submitted only a proposal for your first year project, then the final report is due to the Academic Program Coordinator by December 15 of the second year. During the second semester, you should begin preparation for your advanced examination, which will take place by the beginning of your third year. This includes the appointment of an examining committee and preparation and approval of your bibliography. Third/Fourth Year Your research efforts will continue to intensify, but you should continue to take appropriate courses and seminars. A teaching practicum is required each semester. You should take Psychological & Brain Sciences: Career Development ( ), in the second semester of your second or third year. During the fourth year, and especially the second semester, preparation for the dissertation begins in earnest. Before classes end, two major pieces of work are due. One is the literature review. The second is the thesis plan. Both must be approved by the faculty as described above. Your advisor should inform the Academic Program Coordinator when these are both completed. Final Year The final year is often the most hectic, as you complete the requirements for your degree and look for a postdoctoral fellowship or job. By the end of the first semester, you should have another formal meeting of your thesis plan committee to review the progress on your dissertation and ascertain that the proposed research can be completed in time to get your degree. During your last semester (or the following summer) you will take your Graduate Board Oral which is a defense of your thesis. You will be looking for a job or post-doctoral training during this year. You should prepare for interviews. The faculty will do their best to tell you about and direct you towards the most appropriate opportunities, but you should also actively seek information about available employment or training. Experimetrix This is an opportunity for graduate students to perform their experiments and for undergraduate students to gain extra credit for participating in the study. See the Academic Program Coordinator for details and paperwork. 15

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19 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.A. The department has no terminal Master s program; however, candidates for the Ph.D. will fulfill all the requirements for their M.A. degree prior to getting their Ph.D. The M.A. degree is a helpful credential, and you should seek to obtain it as soon as you can. University Requirements 1. A minimum of two consecutive semesters of registration as a full-time resident graduate student. 2. All of the Department Requirements (below). Department Requirements 1. First Year Research Project. 2. One course in statistics. 3. Two Core Topics Courses 4. Fundamentals of PBS 5. Two Teaching Assistantships All of these requirements must be passed with a grade of B- or above. A grade of B- is passing, but unsatisfactory. More than one B-, or a preponderance of B s may be grounds for a negative evaluation. See TBA for information about applying for the degree. GENERAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION Grades A and B are the only passing grades in graduate courses. The grade of C indicates failing performance at the graduate level. The grade of B- is passing but unsatisfactory. (You will also receive grades for your teaching practica and for research.) Graduate grades are related to undergraduate grades by the following guidelines: Graduate Grades Equivalent Undergrad Grades A = Good A A-= Satisfactory B B = Marginal C B- =Passing but not satisfactory D C = Failing F NOTE: The Johns Hopkins University does not assign credits for graduate courses. Grades for seminars are based in part on your participation in discussions so don t be afraid to ask questions and contribute ideas in seminar discussions. If you are confused about an issue, it is likely that others are also. You will become better informed as the seminar progresses. Feel free to discuss your progress with the course professor. Formal Evaluation The faculty evaluates the progress of each student at the end of every academic year. (The first year students will also be evaluated at the end of their first semester.) To do this, each faculty member who has had contact with you during a semester provides an evaluation of you at the end of that year. In addition to your general progress in the program, feedback is provided in the following five areas: research, written performance on examinations, discussion in classes, assistance in teaching and other departmental activities such as colloquia, and informal scholarly interactions. 17

20 Each graduate student is asked to participate in their own evaluation by filling out a report outlining their progress toward their Ph.D. degree since the last student evaluation. This report form will be distributed to all graduate students via by the Academic Program Coordinator. The report should list graduation requirements completed that year, plans for fulfilling remaining requirements, and should discuss any specific academic problems or irregularities. In addition, the report should detail any papers presented, submitted, accepted or published, and any other significant professional experience, and should include any teaching, consulting, or other work relevant to graduate education and/or professional progress. This progress report should help you, your advisor, and the faculty to keep track of your plans and continued progress toward your degree. In the pressure of daily routine, it is easy to lose sight of large goals. Until you complete your degree, your continued professional growth is our joint responsibility. The faculty favor a concise report and hope that it will not take too long to prepare, but you should not omit anything that might be pertinent. Your self-report, along with the written comments of each faculty member, are distributed to all faculty and a special meeting is then held for student evaluations. After this meeting, a letter will be sent to you from the Department Chair. The letter will be a summary of your progress in the program, and a description of any particular strengths or weaknesses that have been observed. You should be certain to discuss the contents of the letter in detail with your advisor. Most important are your future plans in the department; you and your advisor should clearly establish these during your discussions. Colloquia Speakers for the colloquia are suggested by faculty and graduate students in a series of solicitations. Once a tentative list has been determined, the student committee invites the speakers, works out the basics of a visit, including the date, subject of each talk, and the desirability of having an abstract. The visitor usually makes his own travel arrangements to fit his schedule, but if needed, the Department Administrative Secretary can make the arrangements for him/her. The committee determines when hotel accommodations are needed and the audiovisual requirements and sends the collected information to the Department Administrative Secretary, who publishes the full schedule of speakers, including dates, and home/supporting institutions. The Department Administrative Secretary will arrange hotel accommodations, refreshments, audiovisual equipment and payment of the honorarium. There are forms that need to be filled out for this so be sure to check with the Research Service Analyst to see that she has all of the information needed. The management of the colloquium series is the responsibility of a committee of students under the guidance of Dr. Mike Yassa. Please tell the colloquium committee of any psychologists you would like to have invited to speak. If you wish to become a member of the colloquium committee, speak to Dr. Yassa. The colloquia are an important part of your graduate education and it is imperative that you attend all of them as they provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet other scientists and to discuss their work. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and to participate in any social activities associated with the visits which may include lunch, dinner, or special questions and answer sessions. Graduate students and post-docs are encouraged to meet with the speaker in small groups during scheduled meeting times, if appropriate. 18

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