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For Students

2024 Three Minute Thesis Competition

April 17, 2024: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Carpenter Auditorium – Given Medical Building

Introduction

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an internationally recognized research communication competition that challenges Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their research project and its significance in just 180 seconds, in language accessible to a non-specialist audience.  UVM’s first 3MT is a celebration of the discoveries made by our Ph.D. students and will allow the broader community to learn about ongoing research at UVM. The competition assists Ph.D. students with fostering effective presentation and research communication skills: it asks Ph.D. researchers to consolidate their ideas, crystallize their research discoveries, and capture the imagination of their audience. Competitors will be judged on comprehension, content, engagement, and communication. More details

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Strong academic advising and developing a supportive network of diverse mentors is critical to every graduate student’s success. The Graduate College champions a culture of mentoring in which graduate students are supported in forging effective mentoring relationships with multiple mentors.

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Advising and Mentoring

Strong academic advising and developing a supportive network of diverse mentors is critical to every graduate student’s success. The Graduate College champions a culture of mentoring in which graduate students are supported in forging effective mentoring relationships with multiple mentors.

Promising Practices in Mentoring: Resources for Graduate Faculty and Graduate Students

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Academic Appointments: GRA, GTA, Predoctoral Fellow, Predoctoral Trainee

Appointment Letters: Templates

  • Graduate Assistantship Offer Letter Template (Word)
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Degree

Student Status

Time Limit

Time to Degree
Master's
Full-Time
3 years
Master's
Part-time
5 years
Doctor of Philosophy
Full and part-time
9 years
Doctor of Education
Full and part-time
7 years

Students must be continuously enrolled through their graduating term to receive their degree.

GPA Requirements

  • Students in all degree programs must earn at least 15 credits in the program for which they will receive a letter grade; credits must be earned after matriculation into the program
  • Grades of pass/fail/satisfactory/unsatisfactory/satisfactory progress/unsatisfactory and transfer of credits do not count toward this minimum
  • Students must hold a GPA of 3.00 or higher to graduate

Transfer Credits

  • Must have a letter grade of B (3.00) or better to be eligible for transfer
  • Transfer credits cannot be over 7 years old at graduation (9 years for Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Number of credits
    • 9 credits may be transferred for Master's degree
    • 9 credits may be transferred for Doctor of Education
    • 24 credits may be transferred for Doctor of Philosophy
  • Credits by examination are included in these limits
  • Master's Programs requiring more than 30 credits may allow more transfer credit
  • Transfer Credit Policy and form (PDF) available

Degree Requirements

  • Master's: 30 credits required (minimum 15 graded); which includes minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 research credits for thesis students
  • Doctor of Philosophy: 75 credits required; which includes minimum 30 course credits (minimum 15 graded) and minimum of 20 research credits
  • Doctor of Education: 59 credits required; which includes minimum of 17 research credits
  • All Graduate students must pass a comprehensive exam - this can be written, oral or both, and the passing grade must be submitted in writing to the Graduate College
  • One 100/200 level undergraduate course for master's and two for doctorate may be applied towards the graduate degree, if approved prior to the semester the student takes the course. Forms for the approval are available here.

Thesis/Dissertation Requirements

DegreeMaster'sDoctoral
Chairperson from another Dept/Program
Defense Committee Total (minimum)34
Graduate Faculty Members (minimum)24
Defense Notice 3 weeks prior to defense
Format check 3 weeks prior to defense

Final Submission

  • Final submission of thesis/dissertation must occur within 6 weeks of defense.