Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Information for Current Students

Graduate Students have minimum requirements to satisfy for the degree and several important deadline dates that they must follow during their studies at UC Riverside, most importantly registration and fee payment dates. Find answers to your questions about deadlines, registration, funding, forms, written and oral qualifying exams, defenses, etc...
Some frequently asked questions include:

Funding Opportunities for Current Students

When do I need to register?
What do I need for my annual guidance committee meeting?
What do I need to do for my Ph.D. written exam?
How do I nominate my Qualifying Exam (oral exam) Committee?
What do I need to do for my Ph.D. oral exam?
How do I nominate my Thesis/Dissertation Committee?
How do I schedule my defense?
When and how do I submit my thesis/dissertation?
How do I post a website to my student account?



Current EEOB Gradate Student Handbook 2016-2017


Archive EEOB Gradate Student Handbook 2015-2016

Archive EEOB Graduate Student Handbook 2014-2015

Archive EEOB Graduate Student Handbook 2013-2014

Archive Graduate Student Handbook 2012-2013

Current UCR Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Academic Affairs Appeal Procedure

TA/GSR Employment Guidelines

Important Dates
Registration Information


Important Dates

There are a number of deadline dates that current students must adhere to. The campus academic calendar lists all registration periods, exam periods, campus holidays, etc... Fee Payment deadlines are typically due the 15th day of the month prior to the start of the term, i.e.:

Term                    Deadline

Fall 2014            September 13th
Winter 2015       December 13th
Spring 2015       March 15th

There are also specific deadlines for graduation dates, and various other form submission dates to Graduate Division.

Annual Committee Meeting and Progress Reports: DUE June 6, 2014

Students are required to meet with their guidance committees at least once a year. For students who have advanced to candidacy, this meeting is held with their dissertation committee. Students should contact their committee members and arrange a meeting time prior to the above stated deadline.

The progress report is now comprised of two parts:

1) Online report to be completed by the student prior to your committee meeting. A copy of your entries will be emailed to you  and your major professor. The report can be submitted by clicking here.

2) Committee meeting comments  form- which should be taken to the annual committee meeting and completed by your committee and submitted to the Student Affairs Officer, Melissa Gomez,  by June 6th.
Download the form here.

All evaluations are reviewed by the Graduate Advisor, whom is responsible for making specific recommendations to the Graduate Division concerning the student’s progress. The Graduate Advisor may also approve exceptions to the normal time schedule occasioned by unusual circumstances. Students are notified in writing of the results of the annual evaluation, and copies are forwarded to the Graduate Division.

Please contact Melissa Gomez with any questions. 

Registration Information

All students receiving fellowships, GSRs and/or TAships, must be enrolled as full-time students with  a minimum of 12 graduate units or the equivalent. All registration holds outside of the program (Student Business Services, Housing, Graduate Division, etc..) must be cleared in order to  be eligible to register. Financial Awards will not post to your student account until you have registered for a minimum of 12 graduate units or the equivalent.

  PhD Written Qualifying Exam

For those students entering Fall 2013 or later:

Papers can be submitted no later than the end of week 8 of any academic quarter and no later than the end of the eighth week of the spring quarter of the second year in the Ph.D. program. Instructions for the written exam can be found here.

For those students who entered the program prior to Fall 2013:

Written qualifying exam procedures vary by track. Please refer to the appropriate track for instructions. Papers can be submitted no later than the end of week 8 of any academic quarter and no later than the end of the eighth week of the spring quarter of the second year in the Ph.D. program. Students must inform the appropriate track coordinator at the beginning of the quarter of their intention to submit their written exam:Track Coordinators:
Ecology- Darrel Jenerette
Evolution- Mark Springer
Physiology- Ted Garland

Resubmissions will be required no later than the beginning of the winter quarter of the third year.

PhD Oral Qualifying Exam and Nominating your Qualifying Exam Committee

Once all course requirements are complete and the written exam has been passed, students must also pass an oral qualifying exam. The exam is held by a committee of five members (Committee Chair, 3 additional members from within the program and an outside member). The Major Professor does not serve as the Committee Chair and the outside member must be a UC Academic Senate member and may not be a cooperating faculty member in EEOB or have any formal affiliation with EEOB. For more information on committee composition, please contact the Student Affairs Officer, Melissa Gomez.

What do I need to do in preparation?

1. Notify the Graduate Student Affairs Officer  of the date/time of the exam and the names of your committee members by simply submitting an oral exam request form at least 4 weeks prior to the exam.

2. Reserve any rooms or media if you opt to make those arrangements yourself.

The Student Affairs Officer will prepare the appropriate paperwork for committee approval and the exam itself. Once you pass your oral exam, you will need to nominate your PhD Dissertation Committee within one quarter. Registration holds will be placed upon your account if this is not completed in a timely manner.

Nominating your Thesis/Dissertation Committee

Ph.D. Dissertation Committee

Ph.D. students must nominate their dissertation committee within one quarter of advancement to candidacy. Graduate Division will place a registration hold on the next upcoming registration period until the committee nomination has been approved. To nominate your dissertation committee, please complete the online Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Nomination form. Please nominate your dissertation committe as soon as possible upon advancement in order to avoid any registration delays.

M.S. Thesis Committee

M.S. students must nominate their thesis committees no later than the first day of the quarter in which they wish to defend and graduate. Please complete the Application for Advancement to Candidacy  and submit the completed form to the Student Affairs Officer, Melissa Gomez.

Scheduling your Defense

Students should typically schedule the defense around the time they will be submitting their thesis/dissertation. Students should coordinate a time with their thesis/dissertation committee and once this is established, notify the Student Affairs Officer, Melissa Gomez, of the date and time by submitting an online Request to Schedule Defense at least three (3) weeks in advance.



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