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Graduate Student Portfolio

The Graduate Student Portfolio is a mechanism for you to convey to your advisor and to the faculty that you have achieved the core competencies and that you are ready to move forward with thesis research.  You may not register for NUTR 700 (Thesis) or NUTR 800 (Dissertation) credits until the portfolio has been reviewed.

The portfolio summarizes the learning that has taken place in the core classes: NUTR 500, 520, 521, 522, 529, 531, 562 and BIOST 511. You will prepare your portfolio using the template including:

  • Self assessment
  • Grades from core classes
  • Selected examples of one research paper, one PowerPoint presentation, and a Science to Policy paper

All students (MS, MPH, PhD) are required to submit the portfolio soon after the completion of the core courses by June 30th of the first year of study. Information on the process and timeline will be provided in NUTR 500 (Graduate Seminar) in autumn quarter and during the Student Symposium in the spring.

Portfolios will be reviewed by the Nutritional Sciences faculty in July using the criteria on the Portfolio Review Table. The faculty will make one of three possible decisions for each student: 1) Student is ready to proceed to thesis research; 2) Student needs to complete additional preparation work before conducting thesis research; 3) Student should not plan to proceed further in graduate work in Nutritional Sciences. Advisors will provide feedback on the portfolios following the review.

To complete the portfolio:

  1. Complete the Portfolio Template and collect required assignments.
  2. Consolidate the template and assignments into a single PDF document.
    You can use Adobe Acrobat Pro to convert files to PDF and merge them to form a single document. Acrobat Pro will be available on all computers in the Raitt Hall 330 student room by the end of May. Instructions for merging separate files into one PDF are available here.
  3. Name the PDF file using the naming convention using your first initial, last name, and date completed.
  4. Upload the single PDF file including all required materials to the Catalyst Drop Box by 11:00 p.m. June 30, 2013. Please do not upload materials as separate documents.

Additional Resources

Thesis 101 Slides
Slides from Glen Duncan's presentation at the the May 2013 Student Symposium

Updated May 24, 2013


Nutritional Sciences Student Research Symposium
Join us for the Spring 2014 Graduate Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, May 14th. More Information



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