Students can find information covering graduate program requirements, departmental information, deadlines, opportunities, on our Online Microbiology Department Graduate Handbook.
This chart showing the roles of our office staff should be helpful in finding the right person to help you with various issues. Other information is available by following links to UGA's academic honesty policy, the non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, and rules governing responsible conduct of research training.
Departmental Graduate Awards
The legacy of departmental pioneers intersects with the achievements of our current students in three named awards: The Willam Jackson (Jack) and Jane Marshall Payne Graduate Fellowship in Microbiology, The Dr. Juergen Wiegel Graduate Award in Microbiology, and The Dr. Joy Porter Williams Fellowship in Microbiology.
The rotation schedule for Fall 2016 is now available, along with information on rotation procedures.
Courses and Academic Schedule
A brief description of courses can be found in the Bulletin with the course prefix and call number. The Registrar's office maintains a schedule of classes for each semester as well as an academic calendar that includes session start and end dates, holidays, add/drop deadlines, etc.
Other information for current students is available from the UGA Graduate School website. Click on http://www.grad.uga.edu/ and follow the link for "current student" (or other appropriate link). Several Grad School Forms that you will need can be accessed from their website.The Grad School has a summary of requirements for the Ph.D. and a summary of requirements for the M.S., although you may find the description of requirements for the Microbiology program more useful.
Departmental requirements and guidelines for teaching are available to our graduate students through the Graduate Handbook. The UGA Center for Teaching and Learning has resources, including the CTL TA handbook (not to be confused with the departmental TA handbook). Some students may be interested in the Teaching Portfolio Program.
The Graduate School provides support for student travel, with four application deadlines annually. The UGA OVPR's office also supports grad students for international travel. Some years the college has provided travel funds to be distributed by the departments, and students are encouraged to ask their advisors or the Graduate Coordinator if such funds are available. Students are further encouraged to investigate travel funding associated with specific meetings, for example through ASM travel grants.
Health Insurance, Health Fees, and the Health Center
UGA maintains a website with information on mandatory health insurance premiums and policies. Additional information on health insurance and fees is provided by the UGA student Health Center. The Health Center isn't just for when you are sick, and it provides many programs to students (see dropdown menu under services), including Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).
Information on tuition and fees at UGA is updated regularly.
Graduate Student Organizations
Graduate students are represented by the Microbiology Graduate Student Association (MGSA) and the UGA Graduate Student Association. We also encourage participation in the Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science (GSPS) organization at UGA.
The American Society for Microbiology
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the largest professional society in our field, The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which has many professional resources and opportunities for students. Students can receive ASM Membership and its benefits at a discount rate. The ASM website has links to meetings, career and networking opportunities, and much more. ASM-GAP has programs specifically targeted for graduate students and postdocs, and several of our students have taken advantage of the career-developing Kadner Institute and the writing & publishing workshop. Students interested in these programs should check their timing, the deadlines for application, and discuss them with their advisor. Students should alert the graduate coordinator when they apply and when they learn whether they are accepted or not. The department has traditionally been able to support travel expenses associated with attending these valuable activities. Students may also find valuable opportunities close to home in the ASM Southeastern Branch, which maintains an ASM-Branch Facebook page. Finally, several ASM meetings support student travel (see Travel Support section above).
Many opportunities for fellowships, student grants, and awards can be found below. Note that restrictions apply, and not all students will be eligible for some awards. Students are able to apply directly for some awards but in other cases they must be nominated by their advisor, and they should discuss these opportunities with their advisor accordingly. The fellowships available as well as their application deadlines, eligibility requirements, etc., change frequently. Students are encouraged to view the opportunities below as examples, and to seek out other fellowships. You can help us keep the links below up to date by contacting the graduate coordinator or the graduate program assistant with new information.
These links were last updated April 30, 2013:
Awards through UGA
ARCS Foundation Fellowships (through BHSI at UGA)
UGA Research Awards (from OVPR's office)
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants (for students past prelims)
Department of Defense SMART Program (requires postdoc in DoD lab following graduation)
A list of graduate fellowship opportunities somewhat redundant with the links above is maintained by the Institute for Broadening Participation