Dear Master's students,

It's time to plan now if you want to register for thesis or project credits in fall 2014!


To register for thesis or project credits - BIOL 799 or BIOL 798 - you should be at the end of your MS course requirements. Thesis or Project registration is done in the final semesters, as noted on your Program of Study.

First you will form a committee made up of 3 graduate faculty with your research advisor / P.I. as the Committee Chair. The Chair of your committee can be from another department, as long as they are graduate faculty at Mason (i.e. Dr. Pat Gillevet).  At least two committee members will be from the School of Systems Biology faculty (SSB) or Mason graduate faculty associated with SSB.  That's 3 members total. Talk with your research advisor / P.I. for suggestions on who may be appropriate candidates for your thesis or project committee.  A list of SSB faculty can be found on -- choose the Faculty tab at the top.

Have your committee sign the Committee Formation form, found under the Students tab on the SSB website.


Submit a proposal to your committee for approval ONE SEMESTER AHEAD of your planned BIOL 798 or BIOL 799 registration.  Have your committee members sign the Proposal Approval form and send it to me along with a copy of the approved proposal.  (I will get the department signatures).  I will then be able to send you the CRN to register with in fall 2014.


For fall 2014 registration the deadline to submit a Committee Formation form with signatures to my office will be  Friday May 23. The deadline to submit a signed Thesis or Project Proposal Approval form will be Friday June  20.


All forms are found on under the Students tab. 


Any questions please let me know.  You must meet the deadlines listed above in order to register for thesis or project credits in fall 2014.


thank you,

Diane St. Germain


Diane St. Germain

Coordinator, Graduate Academic Programs

Biology, Biosciences, Bioinformatics

George Mason University

10900 University Blvd., MS 5B3

Manassas, VA 20110

Phone (703) 993-4263, Fax (703) 993-8976