Our department currently serves 74 undergraduates and premajors and 81 graduate students seeking BS/BA, MS, and PhD degrees in different disciplines within the Geosciences. Our diverse, international student body includes students from Alaska, many other states in the US, and a number of different countries. Students are attracted to UAF for their Geosciences degrees because of the many excellent opportunities available here. Alaska is extremely tectonically active (volcanoes and earthquakes), hosts rich mineral and petroleum resources, and provides a wide array of amazing natural laboratories for student learning.
Department Graduate Student Guidelines
Below are the forms, guidelines and checklists that are needed by all graduate students in the Department of Geology & Geophysics. Please review each of these that are relevant to your situation, whether you are just starting your graduate studies as a new student in the department, are preparing for your comprehensive exam, or are getting ready to schedule your defense or finish your thesis. You should also review these forms and discuss them with your graduate thesis committee members and advisor, preferably during your first committee meeting. This is to ensure that both student and committee are aware of the guidelines and are committed to a successful graduate school experience. Please review the guidelines with your committee as needed throughout your graduate school program.
|Incoming Graduate List|
|Commitment List (2012)|
|For Graduate Students||Word|
|Comprehensive Exam Departmental Guidelines|
|For M.S. Students|
|For Ph.D. Students|
|Supplement for Solid Earth Concentration|
|Thesis Departmental Guidelines|
|Annual thesis committee meetings (geophysics)|
Evaluation of Oral Defense of Thesis
For M.S and Ph.D Students
Annual Student Publication Report (2014)
Appointment of Graduate Advisory Committee - This form is due by the end of your first semester and anytime your committee members change.
Graduate Study Plan - Due by the end of your second semester.
Annual Report of Graduate Advisory Committee - Due every year by May 15th for people who were admitted in a Summer or Fall term. Due every year by December 15th for those who were admitted in a Spring semester.
Report on Comprehensive Exam
Project Defense Report or Report on Thesis or Dissertation Defense
Request for Outside Examiner for Ph.D. defenses and oral comprehensive exams - Needs to be submitted at least 10 business days before your scheduled defense. Sooner is better
Advancement to Candidacy - Master's Degree - This is due at least one semester before the semester you intend to graduate.
Advancement to Candidacy - Ph.D. Degree - To be completed after they have your written comprehensive exam. The Advancement to Candidacy form is due at least one semester before the semester you intend to graduate.
Project Approval Form or Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form - These forms should be submitted with a final post-defense, committee and Department Chair approved final version of your Project, Thesis or Dissertation. There are specific deadlines for each semester
Research is an important part of our undergraduate program and now is a requirement in certain disciplines.
Please review the Undergraduate Research Guidelines (below) for the steps necessary to register for Geos F488 -- Undergrad Research.
Department graduation deadlines
Fall 2020 -
Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Department Chair - by end of day Friday, October
Submission to the Dean of the College - by end of day Friday, November 13, 2020
Spring 2021 -
Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Department Chair - by end of day Wednesday,
March 10, 2021
Submission to the Dean of the College - by end of day Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Summer 2021 -
Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Department Chair - by end of day Friday, July
Submission to the Dean of the College - by end of day Monday, July 19, 2020