Guidelines for Masters Program in Pharmacology & Toxicology
These guidelines represent the policies of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology regarding the Masters (M.S.) program. The graduate program of the Department is administered by a Graduate Committee consisting of the Graduate Program Directors, additional faculty members elected by the faculty, and a doctoral candidate selected by the graduate students. This committee is responsible for reviewing the progress of the students and recommending changes in the Masters program for approval by the faculty. In addition, the Department Chairman, the Graduate Committee, and all members of the faculty are available to assist students in their progress towards successful completion of the M.S. degree (see program plan schedule). Additional guidelines from the Graduate School Catalog should also be reviewed.
Each student is expected to read and be familiar with all of the policies and requirements outlined herein. These guidelines are not meant to supersede the academic policies of the University as outlined in the Graduate School Catalog. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the Graduate School Catalog, the policies on academic standing, the statement of student ethics, and the requirements for obtaining graduate degrees at the University of Louisville.
Graduate Program Administrators
- Dr. Peter Rowell is Vice Chair for Graduate Education
- Dr. Chris States is Director for Admissions and Recruitment
- Florence Su is administrative assistant for the graduate programs
Student Honor Code
Students enrolled in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate programs at the University of Louisville are required to affirm that they have read, understand, and will abide by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities of the University of Louisville as published in the Student Handbook.
As indicated above, as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first semester, each student must select (or be assigned) a Research Advisor with whom the student will conduct their laboratory or academic research project. Early selection of the advisor and research project will permit the student to complete sufficient work to obtain the Masters degree within the usual two-year period. Although this advisor will normally be the faculty member with whom the student completes the M.S. degree, if it is decided by either the student or the advisor that a change of advisors is desirable, then the student has the option of selecting a new research advisor, with the approval of the Graduate Committee, although this may delay achieving the M.S. degree within the expected two-year period.
Once an advisor has been selected and the research project is underway, the advisor in consultation with the student will submit to the Graduate Committee the names of three faculty members willing to serve on the student’s Thesis Committee. Since this committee must approve the student’s research project, this committee should be appointed as soon as possible.
Seminars and Research Conferences
All students are expected to attend departmental seminars, research conferences and journal clubs and will register for 5280-606 (Pharmacology Seminar, one-hour credit) each semester. All students are expected to participate actively in the discussion following each seminar. Students will receive a grade at the end of the year based both on their attendance and participation.
Evaluation of Student’s Progress toward the M.S. Degree
At the end of every semester, the progress of each Masters student will be evaluated by the departmental faculty. Students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0, have actively participated in department activities and seminars, and to have demonstrated satisfactory progress on their research project each semester. Students who receive a grade of C or below in two or more courses will be considered for dismissal.
Each student in the M.S. Program will be required to write and defend a Master’s Thesis. The thesis must be a work of sufficient quality to convince the Thesis Committee that the student possesses the ability to either participate actively in a laboratory environment or to contribute significantly as an academician in the broad discipline of pharmacology and toxicology. Each student must present and defend their Masters Thesis at an oral thesis defense. To satisfactorily pass the thesis defense, a student may not receive more than one unfavorable vote from a member of the Thesis Committee.