Acceptance to the MST Program
The MST is open to all students who meet the academic prerequisites addressed here. Due to the limited number of advisors available, not all students that apply and meet the acceptance criteria may be accepted for a particular start date. Once the student has completed the application procedure, their materials will be reviewed. They will be notified of their status within 60 days. Students will be accepted as regular, conditional or deferred.
REGULAR STATUS: Those students meeting all prerequisites for the program with appropriate science background, GPA, recommendations, and program goals.
CONDITIONAL STATUS: A "conditional status" may be given to those students with academic deficiencies, including a low GPA or a weak science background. The committee will provide students with recommendations for upgrading their status to regular. Students accepted as "conditional" are still eligible for departmental assistantships. Students must notify the department and provide transcripts when they have met the requirements to upgrade their status to "regular."
DEFERRED STATUS: A "deferred status" may be given to those students with academic deficiencies, including a low GPA or an inadequate science background. The committee will provide students with recommendations for upgrading their status to regular. Students meeting all program admissions requirement may also receive a "DEFERRED STATUS" if the program has reached maximum enrollment and an advisor is not available. Students accepted as "deferred" are not eligible for departmental assistantships.
After acceptance by the CSE, a copy of the student's acceptance letter is forwarded to the Office of Admissions and Records. Following confirmation of eligibility by the Office of Admissions and Records, students are free to start the program. The Office of Admissions and Records determines residency status, calculates applicable grade point averages, and verifies that an accredited institution awarded the student's baccalaureate degree. The Office of Admissions and Records will notify the student as to whether or not their eligibility was confirmed.
Selecting an MST Committee and Lead Advisor
MST students are required to complete a Masters thesis. The CSE currently supports a large number of science education research projects are mentored by a CSE faculty member. Upon beginning the program, new MST students will receive an orientation on the current research initiatives within the department and new research opportunities that faculty has expressed an interest in pursuing. Once the student has selected a project, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the professor that is working with that particular research project as the lead faculty MST advisor and set up an interview date to discuss the possibility of joining the research group. In some cases, there may be more then one professor working with a research project. It is up to the student to decide which professor to ask to be his or her lead faculty advisor. Once the lead advisor relationship is established, that advisor will then help the student to consider two additional committee members that the student will then ask to serve on his or her committee. The main role of the lead advisor is to assist with the research project and to provide academic guidance in terms of course selection. The role of the committee members is to provide expertise that relates to the research project.