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Plans of Work

As part of the Grad School's new requirement for annual progress reports, students must have a complete Plan of Work (POW) on file and have a review of their Plan of Work each semester. Plans of Work are created, saved and submitted online via Student Self Service in MyPack Portal. This replaces the previous paper process where students collected committee members’ signatures. Students do NOT need to submit a new POW each semester, but it should be reviewed and/or revised (if necessary) before the advisor signs the semester progress report. The committee members DO NOT need to form part of the annual review.

Submitting the POW

Before scheduling a prelim (for PhD students) or final (for Master's students) oral exam, a POW needs to be submitted, approved by the committee, approved by the DGP, and finally approved by the Graduate School. The POW cannot be submitted until all committee members are specified. Students should meet with faculty to request that they serve on the committee, then those who agree should be added to the POW committee.

Before submitting the POW, just save it and then send an email to Maria Moreno (Maria_Moreno@ncsu.edu) for her review. She will submit the POW. Once submitted, each faculty member listed on the advisory committee will receive an email invitation to serve and to approve the POW. Instructions for students can be found in the Graduate Student SIS training manual. Please note that students should still first approach faculty members by email or in person to discuss serving on the committee. The on-line submission is only for documenting everyone's approval.

For Faculty

The email to the faculty member will have the subject line “Graduate Advisory Committee Invitation for [student name]”. It will include a link directly to the student’s POW and Committee record. The email will be sent from “NCSU Graduate School” (gradschool@gw.fis.ncsu.edu). Faculty Members need to go to the worklist to both accept and approve the POW (two check boxes). The faculty worklist can be found under the Faculty Center on MyPack Portal. If the student does not submit the POW, but saves it, faculty can access this through the Faculty Center, Advisement tab. Next to the advisee's name, choose Graduate Plan of Work from the drop-down menu, then click the >> button to see it. A concise graduate faculty member’s guide outlining this process as well a number of other very useful SIS features is available online in the Graduate Faculty SIS training manual. Once all committee members have accepted membership and approved the plan, it routes through work-flow to a DGP and appears in his worklist. The DGP will approve the POW and it will then be routed to the Grad School for final approval.

Guidelines for MS Plan of Work

Graduate Course Work Completed & Proposed (include classes you plan to take)

  1. Advisory Committee: You need at least two committee members other than the chair. Be sure to contact them prior to starting your POW.
  2. You need at least 30 credits of coursework. You may use a total of 12 credits of graduate level coursework from another university with the approval of the DGP and your advisor. Please receive proper advisement prior to starting your POW.
  3. Include CH 610G if you took it and got an S. If you did not, do not include the course.
  4. Include two semesters of CH 601 (the department requires you to register for CH 601 until your 4th semester but the Graduate School only allows two semesters on your POW). You need a grade of S for it to count. If you received a grade of U, do not include on your POW.
  5. Include up to 6 credits of CH 695 in which you received an S grade.
  6. Include 6 graded courses.
  7. Do NOT include CH 693, CH 696 or CH 699
  8. If a course is not applicable to you, cross it out.

 

Guidelines for PhD Plan of Work

Graduate Course Work Completed & Proposed (include classes you plan to take)

  1. Advisory Committee: You need at least three committee members other than the chair. Be sure to contact them prior to starting your POW.
  2. Graduate School Representative: The Graduate School will appoint a representative unless any one of your committee members is from a department outside of Chemistry or if you choose to find your own representative. If for whatever reason you end up without a representative by the time you schedule a final defense Graduate School policy dictates that you are responsible for finding your own representative.
  3. You need at least 72 credits of coursework (or 54 credits if you have a previous MS from a school other than NCSU). If your MS is from NCSU you may use up to 36 credits from that degree if approved by the DGP and your advisor but the total must still add to 72 credits.
  4. Include CH 610G if you took it and got an S. If you did not, do not include the course.
  5. Include two semesters of CH 801 (the department requires you to register for CH 801 until your 7th semester if you have a previous MS or your 9th semester if you only have a BS/BA, but the Graduate School only allows two semesters on your POW). You need a grade of S for it to count. If you received a grade of U, do not include on your POW.
  6. Include at least 6 graded courses (unless you have a prior MS and your advisor and the DGP have waived some of these courses).
  7. Complete the remaining credits with CH 895 until the total equals 72 (or 54 if you have a previous MS or 36 if your MS is from NCSU). Do NOT include CH 893, CH 896 or CH 899
  8. If a course is not applicable to you, cross it out.