GEMS Blog for Advisors

April 12, 2018

New Thesis/Dissertation and Graduation Web Resources

We’re excited to share our new and improved thesis/dissertation and graduation web pages. We believe these updates will assist your students as they prepare to graduate. You may have already noticed some website restructuring on the Graduate School‘s Students & Postdocs tab. Please review the new “Degree Requirements” link. Within this section, you’ll find “Thesis/Dissertation Information,” “Dates…


March 16, 2018

Spring 2018 – Convey Admissions Decisions Deadline

As you plan for Winter 2018 graduation, don’t forget that Spring quarter is right around the corner!  Please be advised that the fifth day of instruction is March 30th (please refer to our Dates & Deadlines calendar each quarter for the “Convey Admissions Decisions” deadlines). For our March 30th Spring 2018 deadline, please ensure that: Admissions petitions are submitted…


Planning for Winter Quarter 2018 Graduation

These are reminders for you that will assist GEMS in providing a quick and successful graduation for your students for Winter Quarter 2018. Students must have completed all degree requirements on or before March 16, 2018. Before you recommend graduation in MyGrad (by Wednesday, March 21st at 5 p.m.), please ensure the following steps have been completed:…


February 9, 2018

Save the Date: GEMS Year-In-Review & Fall Kick-Off

We hope you will be able to attend the following event: GEMS Year-In-Review Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided. HUB 334 If this is your first Year-In-Review, here’s what to expect: GEMS will share announcements, provide updates on last year’s feedback from GPAs (e.g., progress made…


January 25, 2018

New Resource for Admissions Review

Admissions review for 2018 is in full swing for most of our graduate programs! You may have questions about an applicant’s admissibility: Is the applicant’s degree equivalent to a four-year US baccalaureate? Is the institution accredited by the proper academic authorities? Is the grade point average equivalent to a 3.0 (B) average? Regarding accreditation, we…


January 5, 2018

Updates to Website for GSR

We have added a footnote to the Graduate School Representative (GSR) section of the Doctoral Supervisory Roles & Responsibilities page: 1As of July 12, 2017, the Graduate School no longer requires a GSR to submit a separate report. The GSR communicates their decision on a doctoral exam on the Warrant per Memo 13. This change was…


Winter 2018 – Convey Admissions Decisions Deadline

As you plan for the Winter holidays, please be advised that the fifth day of instruction is January 9th (please refer to our Dates & Deadlines calendar each quarter for the “Convey Admissions Decisions” deadlines). For our January 9th Winter 2018 deadline, please ensure that: Admissions petitions are submitted for deferrals or early entries Late applications for Winter 2018…


December 14, 2017

Admissions Updates

To better assist you during this admission season, we have implemented some recent changes: We increased the file size for recommendation letters from 500KB to 2MB (This is the same file size allowed for transcripts and visa request forms.) We added information about transcript requirements for enrolling students (see “Degree” section on Understanding the Application Process)….


November 16, 2017

Planning for Autumn Quarter 2017 Graduation

Because many faculty and advisors take time off and travel during the holiday season, we ask departments to plan ahead to ensure a successful and timely graduation for students graduating in December. Grades are due from faculty on Tuesday, December 19, and the department should submit degree recommendations no later than December 20. Students must…


October 16, 2017

Admission disruptions due to recent natural disasters

Due to the recent and numerous major natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane disruption in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Coastal states, earthquake in Mexico City), a number of applicants’ family and friends have reached out to the Graduate School asking for extensions to our admission application deadlines. You are probably aware that, at least in Puerto…


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