Chemistry and Biochemistry

Annual Progress Reviews

BYU Graduate Studies and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry require an annual evaluation of each graduate student's progress in the program. This formal progress review is an oral presentation given to members of your graduate committee and other designated faculty in which you should summarize your status in the graduate program. Your committee/evaluating committee is asked to determine if your performance during the past year has been satisfactory, marginal, or unsatisfactory.  Graduating students will defend their thesis or dissertation in lieu of an annual review.

Course work, research, TA performance, and other requirements of your graduate program are reviewed. Students must have an evaluation before the start of the second year of their program. The student’s area faculty and faculty advisory chair determine the procedure and scheduling of progress reviews within the area.

First year annual review/research project summary:

Annual reviews for first-year grad students are held in August, and are not part of the Current Topics course. The schedule is determined after committees are formed. Here is the link to see the schedule.

Each first-year student, in consultation with his or her faculty advisory chair, must prepare a 2-3 page project summary of the planned MS or PhD research project. At least one week before the scheduled annual review, the student submits a copy of the summary to each member of his or her faculty advisory committee. There is no public presentation. The faculty advisor brings to the meeting the annual progress review form provided by the graduate program manager, and the student brings a copy of the research progress summary. The summary and evaluation must be completed by the end of the first year in residence. In addition, the student's progress in proficiency exams, classes, and TA assignments will be reviewed after the presentation.

Continuing Students

Each year the student is in the program, beginning in the second year, he or she gives a 15-20 minute oral presentation in the Winter semester outlining what was done that year and what will be done in the coming year. The presentation is given in conjunction with the Current Topics course, so the audience is comprised of the student’s committee members as well as the other members of the student’s Current Topics section.  Along with the presentation, the student writes one-page review of their accomplishments since their last review.  This summary will be given to the members of his or her committee one week before the presentation. The faculty advisor brings to the meeting the annual progress review form provided by the graduate program manager, and the student brings a copy of the accomplishment summary. Immediately following the class, the student’s committee meets with the student individually to provide feedback and direction. 

All Graduate Students:

Students who fail to fulfill the following requirements need to repair the problem by the next review (in ~ six months) or may have their graduate student status terminated by the department:

At the annual review, if a graduate student receives a rating of "marginal" or "unsatisfactory" (instead of "satisfactory"), Graduate Studies expects another formal review to take place during the following semester rather than a whole year later. If such a rating is given, the committee chair outlines on the annual progress review form what is expected in order to raise the rating before the next review. This prompt review provides continued close supervision for a student who is having difficulty, helps the student maintain a good understanding of the requirement for improvement, and provides opportunity for timely correction of the sub-standard performance.

Less formal reviews are held on a semi-annual basis. The area chair, in consultation with the student's advisor, rates the student. The student is informed of any rating below "satisfactory." It must be raised to "satisfactory" by the next annual review (in ~ six months) or the student's continuation in the program could be in jeopardy.
The final oral presentation/defense will count for the annual review in the student's last year of their program.

Last updated 18 September 2017