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Undergrad Student Milestones-Deadlines & Forms


BS Milestones & Deadlines

Declare the Major 

Description: Complete Department Declaration form and meet with Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geophysics to get his signature before turning in form to Student Services Manager; fill out Registrar's form on Axess 
Deadline: Before registering for Winter quarter of Junior year; recommended: fall quarter of Sophomore year or as soon thereafter as possible
Form: Undergraduate Curriculum Proposal

Annual Review: 

Description: Students should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geophysics annually to review progress towards degree completions and complete an updated list of classes taken and to be taken for the major.
Deadline: Annually
Form: Undergrad Annual Progress Report form

Select Research Advisor and Topic 

Description: All BS students must complete 5 units of independent research or an approved summer internship, and write a senior thesis or honors thesis on that topic under the guidance of a faculty research advisor.  Suitable advisors and topics are typically identified while taking Geophys 201.
Deadline: Fall quarter, Senior Year; recommended: early Junior Year 
Form: Undergrad Research Advisor & Topic form

Optional: For students planning to attend graduate school: 
  • Take Graduate Record Examination, typically at beginning of Fall Quarter Senior Year.
  • Consider applying for NSF Graduate Fellowship Program, in October of Senior Year, and NDSEG Fellowship, in December of Senior Year (the simple act of applying enhances your application to grad school, because it shows you believe you are competitive for a national fellowship)
  • Consider applying for competitive international fellowships (Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Churchill, Fulbright …) - see Bechtel International Center website, deadlines are very early in fall quarter your senior year
Optional: For students planning to take Honors:

Log on to Axess to submit a formal request. Departmental deadline: prior to the "application to graduate deadline" for the term prior to the first term in which the student intends to enroll in Geophys 198 (note: this departmental requirement is one or more quarters *before* the Registrar's deadline).

 Required oral presentation:

Description: Each candidate must present and defend the results of his or her research at a public oral presentation attended by at least two faculty members. Student must notify TWIG.  
Deadline: Must be completed before BS degree is awarded.  
Form: Geophysics Undergraduate Oral Presentation form