February 2013


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"Diane St. Germain" <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:26:02 -0500
cc: Geri Grant <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear Master's students,
*Those of you who are finishing up a thesis or project in either spring 
2013 or summer 2013 semesters will want to review the time lines for the 
semester, "Deadlines" in red type on  *

Students completing a *thesis* are required to meet with the Special 
Collections Librarian at Fenwick library for a format review, so get 
started on that now.   The library has some new information and any 
upcoming workshops posted here <>.  
Schedule your *thesis defense* with your committee members early - don't 
wait until March or April to try and contact your committee members!  
Once you have the OK to go ahead with the defense from your Committee 
Chair find out if you are expected to arrange the defense meeting.  If 
so, I suggest using an online scheduling tool such as

Students finishing up a *project* will schedule oral and written 
comprehensive exams with their Committee Chair.  Please schedule those 
exams now since faculty will not be available if you wait until March or 
April !  Keep in mind that spring break is March 11-15 and some faculty 
will be unavailable during that week.

If you will finish your *thesis* in summer 2013, you'll need to register 
for at least one credit of BIOL 799 in summer.  There is no need to 
register in summer unless you will graduate in that term.

*Project* students who have registered for BIOL 798 in spring 2013 but 
will finish the project requirements in summer will fill out the 
"Special Registration" form to graduate in summer term.  It's found on 
the Registrar's website noted below.

*File for graduation now using Patriot Web - details are found on* 

Any questions after reading the appropriate websites, please let me know.
thank you,
Diane St. Germain


Diane St. Germain
Coordinator, Graduate Academic Programs
Biology, Biosciences, Bioinformatics
George Mason University
MS 5B3, 10900 University Blvd. Manassas, VA 20110
Phone (703) 993-4263, Fax (703) 993-8976