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Patricia M Sahs <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:33:10 +0000
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Dear ECE students,

You are receiving this email because you are currently either in the MS in Electrical Engineering or MS in Computer Engineering program. The message below contains some important information regarding the ECE 797 Scholarly Paper and ECE 795 Engineering Seminar requirements for both these programs. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

ECE 797: Scholarly Paper Requirement:
If you have already completed 18 credits of graduate coursework, then you can enroll in one of the following courses this spring to meet the scholarly paper (SP) requirement (provided that the course fits into your approved plan of study):
- ECE 611 Advanced Microprocessors
- ECE 612 Real-Time Embedded Systems
- ECE 635 Adaptive Signal Processing
- ECE 684 MOS Device Electronics
- ECE 685 Nanoelectronics
- ECE 740 Digital Signal Processing Hardware Architectures
- ECE 741 Wireless Networks
- ECE 746 Advanced Applied Cryptography
- ECE 698 Independent Reading and Reasearch
- ECE 798 Research Project
If you are taking one of the classes listed above to meet the SP requirement this spring, then you need to simultaneously register for the 0 credit ECE 797 Scholarly Paper section CRN 20963 via Patriotweb. This is needed so that the department can ensure you have met the SP requirement when you apply for graduation. If you take one of the above courses to meet the SP requirement but you do not enroll in ECE 797 then the ECE department may consider the requirement as not met and your graduation may be delayed. If you do not wish to fulfill the SP requirement this semester, then you can still take one or more of the courses above. In that case, you do not need to register for ECE 797 this spring.

Keep in mind that if you wish to take a course in the future to meet the SP requirement, you will need to register for ECE 797 together with it during the same semester. The department provides a list of all courses that meet the SP requirement on the following link. A subset of these courses are offered every semester. Other details can also be found within the same link:
Scholarly Paper - new rules | Electrical & Computer ...<>
General Rules (starting Spring 2016) Students who select to complete their degree program with a scholarly paper must: Complete 30 credits of course work.

Scholarly Paper - new rules | Electrical & Computer ...<>
General Rules (starting Spring 2016) Students who select to complete their degree program with a scholarly paper must: Complete 30 credits of course work.

 Registration in ECE 797 is controlled. In order to register for ECE 797, you will need to contact me ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) and provide me with your name, your request to enroll in ECE 797, your G number as well as what course you are taking to meet the SP requirement this spring. If you have at least 18 graduate credits already completed, then I can provide you with the override to register for ECE 797 CRN 82086. We are no longer accepting individualized section forms to enroll in ECE 797.

ECE 795: Engineering Seminar Requirement:
If Spring 2017 is your last semester in the program, then you need to enroll in ECE 795 CRN 20974 this spring in order to meet the seminar requirement. You do not need to request an override to enroll in ECE 795. You can directly enroll via Patriotweb.
The new Seminar Attendance Record form (see attached) needs to be signed by a faculty member in the seminar room at the time of the presentation for each presentation.
All degree candidates must attend a minimum of 6 graduate seminars approved for the degree program. Approved seminars will be publicized on the departmental webpage. Approved seminars are limited to:

  *   ECE Distinguished Seminar Series
  *   ECE Departmental Seminars
  *   PhD Thesis Presentations
  *   PhD Seminars.

The department office will verify that the seminar requirement has been met and submit a grade of S (satisfactory) for ECE 795 upon completion of the requirement at the end of the semester of enrollment in ECE 795. Students who have not met the seminar requirement in their final semester must continue to register for ECE 795 in subsequent semesters until the requirement is met.

Keep in mind that the last day to add any class for spring 2017 including ECE 797 or ECE 795 is Monday, January 30, 2017.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,


Patricia Sahs
Academic Programs Coordinator
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suite 3100
4400 University Drive, MS 1G5
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993-1523
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