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Warnell Graduate Student Handbook

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has over 70 faculty members who are active in teaching, research and service, working with approximately 200 graduate students. The Graduate Program offers the Master of Forest Resources (MFR), the Master of Natural Resources (MNR), the Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and is affiliated with two interdisciplinary programs: Integrative Conservation Program (ICON; PhD) and Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program (ITP; MS and PhD).

Warnell has 109,280 square feet of building space available on campus consisting of four connected buildings. Off campus space consists of an additional 88,000 square feet of instruction, research, and administration space at Whitehall Forest.

The School owns or manages over 20,000 acres of land that is used for research, demonstration and instruction. This land has been acquired through gifts from individuals or companies desiring to support forest education and research, or from agriculture experiment station land passed to the School for management and conservation.

Warnell faculty and students are involved in a number of different organizations, and your involvement will enhance your graduate experience and professional development. Some of these organizations include the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), the Society of American Foresters (SAF)/Forestry Club, American Fisheries Society (AFS), Warnell Graduate Student Association (WGSA), The Wildlife Society (TWS), and Xi Sigma Pi.

Graduate Degrees and Programs

Formal education in forestry began in Georgia with the formation of the Department of Forestry in the College of Agriculture in 1906. In 1935 the Department was reorganized and renamed the George Foster Peabody School of Forestry. In 1968 the name was changed to School of Forest Resources, and in 1991 was changed to the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. To better reflect its expanding mission of teaching, research, and outreach, the school became the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in its centennial year, 2006. The first Master of Science (MS) degree was awarded in 1932. The Master of Forest Resources (MFR) degree, which was titled the Master of Forestry until 1970, was initially approved and first awarded in 1950. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree was initially approved in 1963 and first awarded in 1964. The most recent addition, the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree was initially approved in 2007 and first awarded in 2009.

Graduate students in the Warnell School are expected to be creative scholars and to develop the ability to fill positions of leadership in research, education, and management. The School provides advanced education and through research extends scientific understanding of forestry and natural resources. The School also promotes the development of scientists and professional resource managers capable of solving natural resource problems through understanding and application of biological, economic, environmental, social, and analytical principles. 

The Warnell Graduate Office welcomes applications for admission from individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in forest resources, fisheries, wildlife and other areas. Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in areas different from their intended emphasis in graduate school may be required to complete additional course work during their graduate program. Students must declare their degree objective (MFR, MNR, MS, or PhD) at the time of their application to the graduate program.

The Master of Forest Resources (MFR) and Master of Natural Resources (MNR) are terminal degrees suitable for students who desire instruction and training beyond the bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Natural Resources. The MFR/MNR degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate-level course work, but additional courses may be required by the student’s Advisory Committee. No thesis is required.

The Master of Science (MS) is a research degree designed for students who desire to specialize in a particular academic or scientific area for an academic, research, or staff specialist career and for those students who plan to pursue a PhD. The MS degree requires the development of a research thesis and minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level course work, but additional courses may be required by the student’s Advisory Committee. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is frequently required for research and staff specialist positions and is nearly always required for university faculty positions. The PhD is often regarded as a degree of specialized education within a relatively narrow field of expertise. The PhD requires a dissertation and a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level course work, but additional courses may be required by the student’s Advisory Committee. A master’s degree is required for admission to the Warnell PhD program. However, a student with an extraordinary baccalaureate record may petition the Graduate Affairs Committee for admission to the doctoral program. 

The Warnell School is also affiliated with two UGA interdisciplinary programs: The Integrative Conservation Program (ICON; PhD) and Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program (ITP; MS and PhD). These programs were designed to help students and faculty gain disciplinary depth and learn to collaborate across disciplines and fields of practice to seek integrative solutions to complex conservation challenges.

Additional requirements for each degree may be found in the Graduate School Bulletin (Graduate School requirements) and in this booklet (Warnell requirements).

Master of Forest Resources / Master of Natural Resources

The Master of Forest Resources (MFR) and Master of Natural Resources (MNR) are terminal degrees suitable for students who desire instruction and training beyond the bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Natural Resources. The MFR and MNR degrees require a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate-level course work, but additional courses may be required by the student’s Advisory Committee. No thesis is required.  

It is incumbent upon the student to use this Handbook, the Graduate School Bulletin, and the MFR/MNR Checklist to ensure adequate progress toward graduation. Questions may be directed to the Warnell Graduate Office.

1. Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is responsible for planning the Program of Study, assisting in the direction of the student’s academic progress, and administering the final oral examination. An Advisory Committee must be appointed for all MFR/MNR students before the end of the first semester of study by submitting the Advisory Committee form signed by the Committee and delivered to the Warnell Graduate Office.

  1. Committee Membership           

A student’s Advisory Committee is composed of the student’s Major Professor who serves as chair and at least two additional faculty members.

  1. All committee members must hold the rank of at least assistant professor or equivalent.
  2. Of the two additional members of the committee, one must work in a study area outside the student’s area of concentration.
  3. The outside representative may be from another school or college of the University.

B. Major Professor

The Major Professor is chair of the student’s Advisory Committee and is the student’s primary source of advice on academic, scientific, and professional matters. The Major Professor must be a member of the Warnell Faculty, and working in the student’s study area.

C. Co-Major Professors (optional)

Co-Major Professors (limit 2) may be appointed to an Advisory Committee.

  1. Both parties must sign all forms requiring the chair's signature.
  2. Co-Major Professors count as one member of the committee; therefore, an additional faculty member must be added to the Advisory Committee.

2. Program of Study

Academic coursework to be taken by a student enrolled in the MFR/MNR program shall be determined by the student’s Advisory Committee. The Program of Study form is approved by the Advisory Committee, signed by the Major Professor, and delivered to the Warnell Graduate Office for the Graduate Coordinator’s signature before the end of the first semester of study. It is strongly recommended to have the Graduate Program Administrator review the Program of Study prior to acquiring signatures.

  1. All courses on the Program of Study must fall within a six-year time limit.
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained on all courses on the Program of Study, with no grade below a C on any course.
  3. The Program of Study for an MFR/MNR degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate-level credit which must form a logical whole and meet the following guidelines:

Course Requirements for MFR degree

Hours

Courses within Warnell

12

Courses outside study area (discretion of the Advisory Committee)

9

Electives1

11

Policy, Economics, and Administration requirement2

1

Total      

33

1Three hours of Applied Research in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 9200) is recommended, but optional at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. No more than 3 hours each of Problems or Applied Research under one faculty member,
with no more than a grand total of 6 hours in these courses.

2The following courses satisfy Policy, Economics, and Administration requirement:
FANR 6800 Renewable Natural Resources Policy
FANR 6810 Natural Resources Law
FORS 6200 International Forest Business
FORS 6700 Forest Economics
FORS 6710 Forest Planning
FORS 7070 Forest Resource Consulting and Real Estate Practice
FORS 7720 Forest Harvesting and Roads
FORS 7750 Procurement and Management of Fiber Supply
FORS 7780 Timberland Accounting, Finance and Taxation

Course Requirements for MNR degree

Hours

Courses within Warnell

12

Courses outside study area (discretion of the Advisory Committee)

9

Electives1

12

Total      

33

1Three hours of Applied Research in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 9200) is recommended, but optional at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. No more than 3 hours each of Problems or Applied Research under one faculty member,
with no more than a grand total of 6 hours in these courses.

3. Final Oral Examination

Students must submit a Notice of Examination Form to the Warnell Graduate Office at least three weeks prior to the examination:

  1. The examination includes questions related to courses on the Program of Study.
  2. The exam must be administered by the Advisory Committee, is open to all members of the faculty, and is announced by the Warnell Graduate Office.
  3. All members of the advisory committee must be present for the entire oral examination. If, for a good reason, a member cannot be present, the student must choose one of the following options:
    1. The absentee member may participate via a teleconference or video conference in which all participants can hear each person’s comments.
      • The committee chair must sign the approval form for the absentee member, register his/her vote, and indicate that the member’s participation was by teleconference or video conference (major professor signs the absentee member's name followed by the major professor's initials).
    2. A substitution may be made with another faculty member who can replace the former member in expertise of the subject field and who has knowledge of the student’s area of interest.
      • A revised advisory committee form must be submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office prior to the examination.
    3. The exam may be canceled or rescheduled at a later time and the Warnell Graduate Office must be notified.
  4. The Advisory Committee must approve the student’s Final Oral Examination and must certify their approval in writing. The approval deadline is posted on the UGA Graduate School website three semesters in advance.  

4. Time Limit for the Degree

All Graduate School requirements for a master's degree must fall within a six-year time limit beginning with the first registration for graduate courses listed on the Program of Study and ending with the final semester of the sixth year. Courses completed prior to the six-year limit cannot be included on the program of study. A request for an extension of time must include specific reasons why the student did not complete requirements in the time allotted by Graduate School policy. The appeal should be submitted to the Graduate School Dean by the student along with the written approval from the Major Professor and Graduate Coordinator.

5. Graduation

  1. Students must be registered for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate-level coursework during the semester in which all requirements are completed for graduation.
  2. An Application for Graduation Form must be submitted through ATHENA within the first two weeks of the semester in which a student expects to graduate.
  3. If a student cannot complete degree requirements in the semester for which a graduation application was submitted, the graduation term will be deleted. The student will need to reapply for a future term and register for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate-level coursework.

6. Exit Interview

An Exit Interview is a required part of the Warnell graduation process. The Exit Interview is conducted by an officer of the Warnell Graduate Student Association. For the contact information to schedule your exit interview please check the most recent email announcing Oral Exams and Defense notices.

Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) is a research degree designed for students who desire to specialize in particular academic or scientific areas for an academic, research, or staff specialist career, and those students who plan to pursue a PhD. The MS degree requires the development of a research thesis and minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level course work, but additional courses may be required by the student’s Advisory Committee. 

It is incumbent upon the student to use this Handbook, the Graduate School Bulletin, and the MS Checklist to insure adequate progress toward graduation. Questions may be directed to the Warnell Graduate Office.

1. Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is responsible for planning the Program of Study, approving a thesis topic, assisting in direction of the student’s research, final examinations, and approval of the thesis. An Advisory Committee must be appointed for all MS students before the end of the first semester of study by submitting the online MS Advisory Committee form through the Warnell Graduate website.

  1. Committee Membership
    A student’s Advisory Committee must be composed of: 1) the student’s Major Professor who serves as chair, and 2) at least two additional voting members.
    1. The Major Professor and at least one other member of the committee must be appointed members of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty.
    2. If more than the required number of members are appointed to the committee, a majority of the committee must be members of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty.
    3. All UGA committee members should possess a terminal degree and hold one of the following ranks: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, academic professional, public service assistant, public service associate, senior public service associate, assistant research scientist, associate research scientist, or senior research scientist.
    4. One committee member should work in a study area outside the student’s area of concentration. The outside member may be from another school or college of the University.
    5. A non-UGA member with a terminal degree may serve on the committee but no more than one non-UGA committee member may be appointed as a voting member.
    6. The outside representative could be a person who is employed at another institution and has no official relationship with the University of Georgia.
      • To nominate a non-affiliated member, the major professor must submit to the Warnell Graduate Office the nominee’s current CV and a letter addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School, co-signed by the Graduate Coordinator, explaining why that member’s services are requested. A person nominated must have distinguished credentials in the field of study.
  2. Major Professor
    The Major Professor is chair of the student’s Advisory Committee and is the student’s primary source of advice on academic, scientific, and professional matters. The Major Professor must be a member of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty, the Warnell Faculty, and must be working in the student’s study area.
  3. Co-Major Professors (optional)
    Co-major Professors (limit 2) may be appointed to an advisory committee.
    1. Both parties must be appointed members of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty.
    2. Both parties must sign all forms requiring the chair's signature.
    3. Co-major Professors count as one member of the committee; therefore, an additional faculty member must be added to the Advisory Committee.
    4. A majority of Graduate Program Faculty members on the committee must be maintained.

2. Program of Study

The academic course work to be taken by a student enrolled in the MS program shall be determined by the student’s Advisory Committee. The Program of Study form should be signed by the Advisory Committee and delivered to the Warnell Graduate Office for the Graduate Coordinator’s signature before the end of the first semester of study. It is strongly recommended to have the Graduate Program Administrator review the Program of Study prior to acquiring signatures.

  1. All courses on the Program of Study must fall within a 6 year time limit and all but 6 hours of course credits must be taken at the University of Georgia.
    • Defined as any courses for which registration takes place through the ATHENA system so that they appear on the student's official transcript without a manual transfer process, and any courses taken under the cross-registration policy.
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained on all courses on the Program of Study with no grade below a C on any course.
  3. The MS Program of Study requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit which must form a logical whole and meet the following requirements:
Course Requirements for MS degree

Hours

FANR 7000 (Master’s Research)

6

FANR 7300 (Master’s Thesis)

3

Graduate only level coursework1

12

Any graduate level coursework2,3

9

Total      

30

1Coursework open only to Graduate Students.  Must include:

  • 3 hours of Scientific Research (FANR 8200).
  • 4 hours of Experimental Methods (FANR 6750). Statistical Methods II (STAT 6220), or a higher level statistics course can replace FANR 6750 or this requirement can be satisfied by an equivalent graduate-level statistics course taken previously.
  • 1 hour of Forestry and Natural Resources Seminar Series (FANR 8060). Repeatable, but no more than 1 hour may count toward the Program of Study.

2No more than 3 hours each of Problems (e.g., FORS 7980) or Applied Research (FANR 9200) under one faculty member, with no more than a grand total of 6 hours in these courses.

3No more than 2 hours of graduate seminar may be used to satisfy the 12 hour requirement.

  • Majors in Fisheries and Wildlife are required to take 1 hour of graduate seminar (e.g., WILD/FISH 8300).

 

3. Research Prospectus

All candidates for the MS degree are required to write a research prospectus for approval by their Advisory Committee before any significant research work is undertaken. The Research Prospectus form, with abstract, should be signed by the Committee and submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office no later than the end of the first calendar year of study.

4. Thesis

The MS Thesis should demonstrate that the student is capable of performing research, the results of which represent a contribution to the discipline of forestry and natural resources.

  1. All theses submitted to the Graduate School as a requirement for the MS degree must be submitted in digital format utilizing the Graduate School Theses and Dissertations Guidelines.
  2. The student must submit the thesis to the Graduate School for a format check before the deadline listed each semester on the Graduate School website.
  3. Students must submit a complete thesis to the Advisory Committee at least 2 weeks prior to the Thesis Defense (see below).
  4. Some changes in the thesis are often necessitated by information that comes to light during the Thesis Defense.
  5. Deadlines for ETD submission are found on the Graduate School website.
  6. A bound copy of the thesis is available to order through Print and Copy Services at the Tate Center. Tate Center's copy/binding information is available online.

5. Final Oral Examination and Thesis Defense

The Final Oral Examination may be separate from, or included with, the Thesis Defense at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. Students must submit a Notice of Examination Form to the Warnell Graduate Office at least three weeks prior to the Final Oral Examination and Thesis Defense.

  1. Oral Examination
    1. The MS Final Oral Examination includes questions related to courses on the Program of Study and information that can be reasonably expected as part of an advanced degree holder’s store of knowledge.
    2. The exam must be administered by the Advisory Committee, is open to all members of the faculty, and is announced by the Warnell Graduate Office.
    3. All members of the Advisory Committee must be present for the entire defense. If, for a good reason, a member cannot be present, the student must choose one of the following options:
      1. The absentee member may participate via a teleconference or video conference in which all participants can hear each person’s comments.
        • The Major Professor must sign the approval form for the absentee member, register his/her vote and indicate that the member’s participation was by teleconference or video conference (the Major Professor signs the absentee member's name followed by the Major Professor's initials).
      2. A substitution may be made with another faculty member who can replace the former member in expertise of the subject field and who has knowledge of the student’s research.
        • A revised advisory committee form must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the examination.
        • A majority of UGA Graduate Program Faculty members must be maintained.
      3. The defense may be canceled or rescheduled at a later time and the Warnell Graduate Office must be notified.
    4. Thesis Defense
      1. If the Thesis Defense is separate from the Oral Examination an additional Notice of Examination form must be submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office at least three weeks prior to the Defense.
      2. The MS student must present an announced public seminar summarizing thesis research to immediately precede the Thesis Defense.
      3. The Thesis Defense focuses on issues of thesis design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
    1. Approvals / Dissentions
      1. The Advisory Committee must approve the student’s thesis and defense with no more than one dissenting vote and must certify their approval in writing.
      2. The Major Professor’s/Co-Major Professors’ vote of approval is required for the student to pass the examination.
      3. An abstention is not an appropriate vote for the thesis or defense.
      4. If a vote of approved with suggested changes is selected, the Major Professor must review the corrections and submit the final signature before the form is submitted to the Graduate School by the deadline.
      5. For all graduate requirements to be met, the Graduate School must receive the Thesis Defense & Final Examination Approval form signed by the committee, the Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Submission Approval form signed by the student and Major Professor, and the final corrected copy of the thesis submitted by the student.
      6. The final thesis/defense approval deadline is posted on the UGA Graduate School Website three semesters in advance.

    6. Time Limit for the Degree

    All Graduate School requirements for a master's degree must fall within a six-year time limit beginning with the first registration for graduate courses listed on the Program of Study and ending with the final semester of the sixth year. Courses completed prior to the six-year limit cannot be included on the program of study. A request for an extension of time must include specific reasons why the student did not complete requirements in the time allotted by Graduate School policy. The appeal should be submitted to the Graduate School Dean by the student along with the written approval from the Major Professor and Graduate Coordinator.

    7. Graduation

    1. Students must be registered for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate-level coursework during the semester in which all requirements are completed for graduation.
    2. An Application for Graduation Form must be submitted through ATHENA within the first two weeks of the semester in which a student expects to graduate.
    3. If a student cannot complete degree requirements in the semester for which a graduation application was submitted, the graduation term will be deleted. The student will need to reapply for a future term and register for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate-level coursework

    8. Exit Interview

    An Exit Interview is a required part of the Warnell graduation process and is conducted by an officer of the Warnell Graduate Student Association (WGSA). To schedule your exit interview please check the most recent email announcing Oral Exams and Defense notices.

     

     

    Doctor of Philosophy

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is frequently required for research and staff specialist positions and is nearly always required for university faculty positions. The PhD is often regarded as a degree of specialized education within a relatively narrow field of expertise. The PhD requires a dissertation and a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level course work, but additional courses may be required by the student’s Advisory Committee.

    It is incumbent upon the student to use this Handbook, the Graduate School Bulletin, and the PhD Checklist to ensure adequate progress toward graduation. Questions may be directed to the Warnell Graduate Office. 

    1. Advisory Committee

    The Advisory Committee is responsible for planning the Program of Study, approving a dissertation topic, assisting in direction of the student’s research, final examinations and approval of the dissertation. An Advisory Committee must be appointed for all PhD students before the end of the first year of study by submitting the online PhD Advisory Committee form through the Warnell Graduate website.

    1. Committee Membership
      A student’s Advisory Committee must be composed of: 1) the student’s Major Professor, who serves as chair, and 2) a minimum of three other voting members.
      1. The Major Professor and at least two other members of the committee must be appointed members of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty.
      2. If more than the required number of members is appointed to the committee, a majority of the committee must be members of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty.
      3. All UGA committee members should possess a terminal degree and hold one of the following ranks: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, academic professional, public service assistant, public service associate, senior public service associate, assistant research scientist, associate research scientist, or senior research scientist.
      4. One committee member should work in a study area outside the student’s area of concentration. The outside member may be from another school or college of the University.
      5. A non-UGA member with a terminal degree may serve on the committee but no more than one non-UGA committee member may be appointed as a voting member.
      6. The outside representative could be a person who is employed at another institution and has no official relationship with the University of Georgia.
        • To nominate a non-affiliated member, the major professor must submit to the Warnell Graduate Office the nominee’s current CV and a letter addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School, co-signed by the Graduate Coordinator, explaining why that member’s services are requested. A person nominated must have distinguished credentials in the field of study.
    2. Major Professor
      The Major Professor is chair of the student’s Advisory Committee and is the student’s primary source of advice on academic, scientific, and professional matters. The Major Professor must be a member of the Warnell faculty and must be working in the student’s study area.
    3. Co-Major Professors (optional)
      Co-major Professors (limit 2) may be appointed to an advisory committee.
      1. Both parties must be appointed members of the UGA Graduate Program Faculty.
      2. Both parties must sign all forms requiring the chair's signature.
      3. Co-major Professors count as one member of the committee; therefore, an additional faculty member must be added to the advisory committee.
      4. A majority of UGA Graduate Program Faculty members must be maintained.

    2. Program of Study 

    The academic coursework to be taken by a student enrolled in the PhD program shall be determined by the student’s Advisory Committee. The Program of Study form should be signed by the Advisory Committee and delivered to the Warnell Graduate Office for the Graduate Coordinator’s signature before the end of the first year of study. It is strongly recommended to have the Graduate Program Administrator review the Program of Study prior to acquiring signatures.

    1. All courses on the Program of Study must fall within a six-year time limit. The six-year limit begins with the semester the student was admitted into the program and registered for courses and ends with the last semester before the beginning of the sixth year.
    2. An overall average of 3.0 must be maintained on all courses on the Program of Study, with no grade below a C on any course.
    3. A PhD Program of Study requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit which must form a logical whole and meet the following requirements:

    Course Requirements for PhD degree

    Hours

    FANR 9000 (Doctoral Research)

    6

    FANR 9300 (Doctoral Dissertation)

    3

    8000/9000 level coursework 1,2,3

    16 4

    Any graduate level coursework 5

    5

    Total

    30

    1 Students are allowed no more than 3 hours each of Problems (e.g., FORS 8980) or
       Applied Research (FANR 9200) under one faculty member, with no more than a grand total of 6 hours in these courses.

    2 PhD students are required to take 1 hour of Forestry and Natural Resources Seminar Series (FANR 8060). No more than 2 hours of graduate seminar may be used to satisfy the 8000/9000 level requirement.  Majors in Fisheries and Wildlife are required to take 1 hour of graduate seminar (e.g., WILD/FISH 8300).
     
    3 1-3 hours of Supervised Teaching Practicum (FANR 9990) or University Teaching in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 8900) is required.

    4 PhD students who bypass the MS must have a minimum of 20 credit hours in graduate-only courses, exclusive of credit in FANR 9000 and FANR 9300. These students must also enroll in Scientific (FANR 8200) or an equivalent course. This requirement may be waived if the student has published (first author) research in a refereed scientific journal.

    5 Experimental Methods in Forest Resources (FANR 6750), or Statistical Methods II
    (STAT 6220), or a higher level statistics course is required unless an equivalent graduate-level course has been taken elsewhere.

    3. Residency Requirement

    The residency requirement for PhD students is interpreted as 30 hours of consecutive graduate coursework that is included on the Program of Study.

    1. A PhD student must register every fall and spring semester (summer is optional) until the 30 hour residency requirement has been met.
    2. Courses may be taken at a minimum of three hours a semester to fulfill this requirement.
    3. A break in residence is not incurred if a student elects not to register for the summer term; however, if the student does register for a course on the program of study during the summer, that course may be used toward the residence requirement.
      • All students paid on an assistantship over summer must register for summer hours.
    4. The Graduate School allows 15 of the 30 hours to be research (FANR 9000) and 3 hours to be writing (FANR 9300).
      • Dissertation research credits in excess of 15 hours do not count toward the residence requirement, but these hours do not constitute a break in the residence if they are the only hours taken during a given semester.
    5. After the residency requirement has been met, doctoral students must adhere to the Graduate School Enrollment policy, which states that students must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours in at least 2 semesters per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer).

    4. Research Prospectus

    All PhD students are required to write a research prospectus for approval by their Advisory Committee before any significant research work is undertaken. The Research Prospectus form, with abstract, should be signed by the Committee and submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office no later than the end of the first calendar year of study.

    5. PhD Preliminary Examination

    The PhD Preliminary Examination consists of written and oral comprehensive exams. The purpose of the Preliminary Examination is to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge in an oral and written manner, and to ensure that advanced degree holders from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources have attained a level of knowledge and understanding commensurate with their degree status.

    1. Written Comprehensive Examination
      1. Procedures for conducting the written exam are determined by the Advisory Committee.
        1. Usually an individual examination is prepared, administered, and graded by each Committee member.
        2. The completed examination should be reviewed by all Advisory Committee members.
      2. Students may not proceed to the oral exam until passing the written exam.
        1. No more than one dissenting vote is permitted for the student to pass the written examination.
        2. The Major Professor’s/Co-Major Professors’ vote of approval is required to pass the examination. 
        3. Students who fail written examinations will be allowed one re-examination, pending approval of the Advisory Committee.
    2. Oral Comprehensive Examination
      1. The comprehensive oral examination is conducted by the Advisory Committee and scheduled soon after the student passes the written examination.
      2. Format and content of the oral examination are determined by the Advisory Committee.
        • Questions are generally related to the student’s course work, research interests, and career goals.
      3. The student must submit a Notice of Examination Form to the Warnell Graduate Office at least three weeks prior to the examination.
        • The required Announcement of Doctoral Oral Comprehensive Exam will be submitted to the Graduate School by the Warnell Graduate Office.
      4. All members of the advisory committee must be present for the entire oral exam. If, for a good reason, a member cannot be present, the student must choose one of the following options:
        1. The absentee member may participate via a teleconference or video conference in which all participants can hear each person’s comments.
          • The Major Professor must sign the approval form for the absentee member, register his/her vote and indicate that the member’s participation was by teleconference or video conference (the Major Professor signs the absentee member's name followed by the Major Professor's initials).
        2. A substitution may be made with another faculty member who can replace the former member in expertise of the subject field and who has knowledge of the student’s research.
          • A revised advisory committee form must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the examination.
          • A majority of Graduate Faculty members must be maintained.
        3. The defense may be canceled or rescheduled at a later time and the Warnell Graduate Office must be notified.
      5. No more than one dissenting vote is permitted for the student to pass the oral examination.
        1. The Major Professor’s/Co-Major Professors’ vote of approval is required to pass the examination. 
        2. An abstention is not an appropriate vote for comprehensive examinations.
        3. Students who fail oral examinations may be allowed one re-examination with the Committee’s approval.
        4. A minimum of 30 days should elapse between examinations.
    3. Re-examination
      1. Upon failure of any part of the PhD Preliminary Examination, the committee may elect to re-examine the student. This can be done on either the subject areas in which the student performed poorly, or on all subject areas.
      2. A minimum of 30 days should elapse between re-examinations.
      3. Upon a second failure of the Preliminary Examination, the Advisory Committee will decide whether the student will be allowed to pursue a master's degree in their field.

    6. Admission to Candidacy

    PhD students who successfully pass the Preliminary Examination are admitted to PhD Candidacy. 

    1. Candidacy Application Form:
      1. The top portion of the form is to be completed by the student and the bottom portion is completed by the Major Professor at the Oral Examination upon successful completion of the Preliminary Examination.
      2. Completed form is submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office to forward to the Graduate School for final approval.
    2. PhD Candidates
      1. After being admitted to Candidacy, a student must register for a combined minimum of 10 hours of graduate-level coursework to be eligible for graduation.
      2. Must enroll for a minimum of 3 hours of credit in any semester when using university facilities and/or faculty or staff time.

    7. Dissertation

    The doctoral dissertation should demonstrate that the student is capable of doing independent, original research, the results of which represent a significant contribution to the discipline of forestry and natural resources.

    1. All dissertations submitted to the Graduate School as a requirement for the PhD degree must be submitted in digital format utilizing the Guidelines for Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETD) Submission.
    2. The student must submit the dissertation to the Graduate School for a format check before the deadlines listed on the Graduate School website.
    3. Students must submit a complete dissertation to the Advisory Committee for review at least 2 weeks prior to the Dissertation Defense.
    4. Some changes to the dissertation are often necessitated by information that comes to light during the Dissertation Defense (see below).
    5. Deadlines for ETD submission are found on the Graduate School website.
    6. A bound copy of the dissertation is available to order through Print and Copy Services at the Tate Center. Tate Center's copy/binding information is available online.

    8. Final Oral Examination and Dissertation Defense

    Students must submit a Notice of Examination form to the Warnell Graduate Office at least three weeks prior to the Final Examination and Defense.

    1. Final Exam and Defense Procedure
      1. The PhD Final Oral Examination is a defense of the dissertation. The exam is administered by the Advisory Committee, open to all members of the faculty, and is announced by the Warnell Graduate Office.
      2. The exam focus is generally on determining whether the candidate fully understands the materials contained in the dissertation, rather than on determining the adequacy or validity of the dissertation.
      3. All members of the advisory committee must be present for the entire defense. If, for a good reason, a member cannot be present, the student must choose one of the following options:
        1. The absentee member may participate via a teleconference or video conference in which all participants can hear each person’s comments.
          • The Major Professor must sign the approval form for the absentee member, register his/her vote and indicate that the member’s participation was by teleconference or video conference (the Major Professor signs the absentee member's name followed by the Major Professor's initials).
        2. A substitution may be made with another faculty member who can replace the former member in expertise of the subject field and who has knowledge of the student’s research.
          • A revised advisory committee form must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the examination, maintaining a majority of UGA Graduate Program Faculty members.
        3. The defense may be canceled or rescheduled at a later time and the Warnell Graduate Office must be notified.
    2. Dissertation Defense
      1. The PhD candidate must present an announced public seminar summarizing dissertation research.
      2. The Dissertation Defense focuses on issues of dissertation design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
    3. Approvals / Dissentions
      1. The Advisory Committee must approve the student’s dissertation and defense with no more than one dissenting vote and must certify approval in writing.
      2. The Major Professor’s/Co-Major Professors’ vote of approval is required to pass the examination.
      3. An abstention is not an appropriate vote for the defense.
      4. If a vote of approved with suggested changes is selected, the Major Professor must review the corrections and submit the final signature before the form is submitted to the Graduate School by the deadline.
      5. For all graduate requirements to be met, the Graduate School must receive the Dissertation Defense & Final Examination Approval form signed by the committee, the Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Submission Approval form signed by the student and Major Professor, and the final corrected dissertation submitted by the student.
      6. The final dissertation/defense approval deadline is posted at the UGA Graduate School Website three semesters in advance.

    9. Time Limit for the Degree

    Time limits for completion of all requirements for the PhD are as listed in the Graduate School Bulletin.

    1. All degree requirements except for the Dissertation and Defense must be completed within a period of 6 years.
    2. A PhD Candidate who does not complete all degree requirements within 5 years of admission to candidacy will be required to take the Preliminary Examination again and be readmitted to candidacy.

    10. Graduation

    1. Students must be registered for at least 3 hours of graduate-level coursework during the semester in which all requirements are completed for graduation.
    2. An Application for Graduation Form must be submitted through ATHENA within the first two weeks of the semester in which a student expects to graduate.
    3. If a student cannot complete degree requirements in the semester for which a graduation application was submitted, the graduation term will be deleted. The student will need to reapply for a future term and register for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate-level coursework.

    11. Exit Interview

    An Exit Interview is a required part of the Warnell graduation process and is conducted by an officer of the Warnell Graduate Student Association (WGSA). To schedule an interview please check the most recent email announcing Oral Exams and Defense notices.

    Graduate Student Appeals

    All Warnell graduate student appeals are handled through the Warnell Graduate Office. Procedures for three of the most common appeals are below and other appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Coordinator.   

    1. Change of degree objective (MNR/MFR to MS or MS to PhD)
      1. Appeal forms are submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office by the applicant and advisor.
      2. Appeal forms and application package are then distributed electronically to the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) for review. 
      3. GAC votes electronically (yes/no/meeting needed), typically within 2 weeks of receipt.
        1. A quorum is required. 
        2. A majority of "yes" or "no" votes resolves the issue.
        3. If any "meeting needed" vote is cast, all other previous votes are nullified and the GAC meets to discuss the case and vote again.
        4. Graduate Coordinator may call for a meeting. All previous votes are nullified and the GAC meets to discuss the case and vote again.
    1. Admission to the PhD program without an MS
      1. Appeal forms are submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office by the applicant and advisor.
      2. Appeal forms and application package are then distributed electronically to the GAC for review. 
      3. GAC votes electronically (yes/no/meeting needed), typically within 2 weeks of receipt.
        1. A quorum is required. 
        2. A majority of "yes" or "no" votes resolves the issue.
        3. If any "meeting needed" vote is cast, all other previous votes are nullified and the GAC meets to discuss the case and vote again.
        4. Graduate Coordinator may call for a meeting. All previous votes are nullified and the GAC meets to discuss the case and vote again.
           
    2. Applicant does not meet Warnell admission requirements
      1. An appeal form is submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office by the prospective advisor.
      2. Appeal form and application package are then distributed electronically to the GAC for review.
      3. GAC votes electronically (yes/no/meeting needed), typically within 2 weeks of receipt.
        1. A quorum is required.
        2. A majority of "yes" or "no" votes resolves the issue.
        3. If any "meeting needed" vote is cast, all other previous votes are nullified and the GAC meets to discuss the case and vote again.
        4. Graduate Coordinator may call for a meeting. All previous votes are nullified and the GAC meets to discuss the case and vote again.

    Areas of Graduate Study

    Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
    Aquaculture/Fisheries Management
    Biology/Ecology/Management
    Invasive Species
    Physiology/Toxicology

    Students can pursue specialized training at the MNR, MS or PhD levels. Areas of concentration include fish ecology, fisheries management, population dynamics, aquaculture, fish physiology, and aquatic toxicology. These areas are strongly supported by other programs on campus, including the Odum School of Ecology, the Georgia Sea Grant Program, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division, Georgia Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Unit and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

    Forest Biology
    Biotechnology/Molecular Biology/Genetics
    Ecology
    Health and Protection
    Physiology
    Wood Quality

    Tree growth and the development of forest stands are both controlled by a complex suite of biological and physical factors. The primary goal of the Forest Biology program is to generate and maintain healthy, productive forests by studying basic biological processes that influence forest development and function. The interaction of these processes with each other and with the physical environment also are studied by many of our faculty. Areas of specialization within Forest Biology include biotechnology, ecology, genetics, physiology, silviculture and soils. Integration of areas is encouraged.

    Forest Business and Center for Forest Business
    Business and Finance
    Economics
    Timber Supply and Markets

    The purpose of this program is to educate future managers of forest-related businesses to identify problems, construct alternative methods of solving problems and to determine optimal strategies. Courses of instruction provide the skills necessary to accomplish this objective. Required courses include accounting, finance, and forest business management and planning. Elective courses may be taken from a wide variety of MBA-level courses or courses in forest resource management. Most students in the Forest Business Management program pursue the Master of Forest Resources (MFR) degree. Master of Science and PhD programs also are available in the Forest Business Management program.

    Center for Forest Business

    Director: Bob Izlar, (706) 542-6819
    The Center for Forest Business, housed in the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, was established in 1997 to integrate the business aspects of forest production and processing with the biological and ecological requirements of sustainable production. The Center provides timely, relevant education, research and service programs to business and industry leaders, forest landowners and students. It’s mission is to provide national leadership in education, research and service to forest industry and private landowners in these areas: the integration of sound forest business principles and practices with contemporary biological and quantitative methods to achieve sustainable forest production; the investigation of forest resources and forest industry alternatives that are economically competitive in the global marketplace; and the proposal of market-based solutions to forest resource problems and opportunities. Principal activities of the Center will focus on: a graduate program which educates professionals who will successfully occupy senior-level positions in private industry and public organizations; research to improve planning and provide financial analyses to forest industry and private forest landowners; and service programs to educate professionals and organizations about the financial, biological and social components of intensive forest production.

    Forest Management
    Biometrics
    Forest Products & Bioenergy
    Inventory
    Operations
    Planning and Harvest Scheduling
    Policy
    Silviculture
    Systainability Analysis
    Urban Forestry

    Forest management combines the principles of ecology, silviculture, mensuration, economics, finance, statistics and operations research in the decision-making process aimed at achieving the goals and objectives of the forest landowner. GIS, forest inventory and assessment, and harvest scheduling methodologies are emphasized. The program in biometrics emphasizes the mathematical, statistical and computer modeling of the growth and yield of trees and forest stands, and the dynamics of forest populations. This research improves understanding of the growth and development of forest populations and communities, and is used by professional foresters in the management of stands and forests.

    Natural Resources Management and Sustainability
    Geographic Information Systems
    Hydrology and Environmental Systems
    Rangelands
    Remote Sensing
    Soils
    Waste Recycling and Treatment
               
    This program considers the physical, hydraulic, chemical and biological processes affecting soil and water resources. Studies are directed toward the development of skills to observe, understand, model, and manage complex environmental systems. Research areas include MS and PhD degrees in hydrology, forest soils, and water quality and environmental systems. These areas offer students the ability to focus on surface and subsurface fluid flow processes, contaminant fate and transport, forest soil processes, environmental systems analysis, and treatment processes for contaminant removal. Additional opportunities exist for interdisciplinary studies with programs in ecology, geology, crop and soil sciences, biological and agricultural engineering, natural resources policy, environmental health sciences, geography, fisheries, wildlife, and environmental design.

    Forested systems are spatial and stochastic. Measurements of a forest taken at various points in time and space and at different scales provide data with which to study these systems. Geographic information systems (GIS) are useful for organizing, viewing, manipulating and analyzing these data to improve our understanding of ecosystem interactions, and address concerns and optimize opportunities in resource management. The goal of this graduate study area is the advancement of our understanding of forested systems in the context of spatial and temporal variability.

    Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
    Economics of Tourism and Recreation
    Environmental Education
    Environmental Impacts
    Environmental Interpretation
    Human Dimensions
    Recreation Participation and Trends
    Tourism

    Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) major is designed to provide understanding and appreciation for the management of natural resources for outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism opportunities. Helping students to better understand the "human dimension" aspects of managing natural resources is an integral part of the PRTM major. We seek to provide students with practical real-world skills and tools needed to identify, understand and manage complex human/environment issues. This includes an emphasis on understanding significant historical developments, developing services and programs, managing for recreational impacts, and recognizing the importance of sustainable development. The curriculum offers opportunities for students to study abroad on one of our many international programs including Antarctica, Australia, Belize, Fiji, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Some of the courses offered in the major include: Tourism & Sustainable Development, Outdoor Recreation & Environmental Awareness, Wilderness Management, Parks & Ecotourism Management, and Natural Resources Recreation. Graduates of this program are trained and qualified to seek employment in a variety of federal, state, and local land management agencies, and with various private, non-profit, educational, and regional conservation organizations. Students are also actively encouraged to participate in faculty research projects.

    Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Game Management
    Human Dimensions of Wildlife
    Invasive Species
    Non-Game and Endangered Species
    Quantitative Wildlife Ecology
    Wildlife Damage
    Wildlife Disease
    Wildlife and Forest Management
    Wildlife Population Dynamics
    Wildlife Population Genetics

    The graduate program in Wildlife Ecology and Management is designed to provide a strong background in the biological, ecological, and managerial aspects of the wildlife profession. The wildlife faculty are active in a variety of graduate teaching and research areas, including population dynamics, community ecology, physiology and nutrition, behavioral ecology, wildlife diseases and population health, habitat management, nongame and endangered species, urban wildlife management, wildlife damage management, conservation biology, and biometrics. Federal cooperative research and service units in the Warnell School bring additional adjunct faculty to the graduate wildlife program from the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Several wildlife faculty have collaborative teaching and research relationships with other academic units on campus, such as the Odum School of Ecology, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the College of Veterinary Medicine. These associations provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects.

    Assistantships

    A. Assistantship Eligibility

    Students accepted by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources as a prospective degree candidate are automatically considered for an assistantship; however, funds are limited. Consideration for Graduate School Assistantships are only available to students admitted for Fall matriculation. Consideration for Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources assistantships are available for students admitted for Fall or Spring matriculation.

    B. Assistantship Types

    1. Graduate School Assistantships

    Competition for Graduate School Assistantships are administered by the Graduate School under rules published in the Graduate School Bulletin and only research degrees are eligible for consideration. The Graduate Coordinator selects candidates for the competition from the top applicants to the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.  Only applications complete by January 1 and recommended for acceptance by faculty will be eligible for consideration.

    1. Warnell Assistantships

    Warnell assistantships are funded by the School, and are awarded solely on the basis of merit.  The recipient’s duties will include assisting faculty members in teaching and research. Standard length of support in 6 semesters, including summer, for a Master’s student and 9 semesters, including summer, for a Doctoral student. Students are obligated to TA one semester per academic year, for the duration of departmental support. Only applications complete by   February 1st and recommended for acceptance by faculty will be eligible for consideration.

    1. Research Assistantships

    Graduate Research assistantships are funded by research grants.  Recipients are selected by the Principal Investigator (PI) of the grant and are required to assist the PI in research.  Research assistantships may be awarded at any time during the year. 

    1. Teaching Assistantships

    The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will award a limited number of Teaching Assistantships. Students will be notified by email when the online application is available. Teaching Assistantships are paid at 35 percent time and duties and funding run from the first day of class to the last day of final exams for the semester in which the assigned course is taught.

    Students whose funding is not departmental (e.g., Graduate School, special fellowships, specific research grants), but wish to gain experience in teaching, may apply for a volunteer teaching assignment through the online Teaching Assistant application.

    C. Assistantship Stipend

    The assistantship stipend amount varies, depending on the funding source. Graduate School Assistantships and Warnell Graduate Assistantships are granted at 40 percent time (0.4 EFT). Research Assistantship stipends vary depending on the funding source. No graduate student may work at a rate greater than 50 percent time. Students on assistantship must register for 18 hours of graduate credit per semester, including summer.

     

    Time Employed

    Assistantship Standard– FY19 (7/1/18 – 12/31/18)

    .33

    .40

    .50

    Stipend — MS & MFR/MNR

    1,384/mo  $16,613/yr

    1,678/mo    $20,137/yr

    2,097/mo   $25,172/yr

    Stipend — PHD

    1,496/mo  $17,957/yrr

    1,813/mo    $21,766/yr

    2,267/mo   $27,207/yr

    Hours of Work Required

    13/wk

    16/wk

    20/wk

    Tuition Waiver

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

     

    Time Employed

    Assistantship Standard– FY19 (1/1/19 – 6/30/19)

    .33

    .40

    .50

    Stipend — MS & MFR/MNR

    1,412/mo  $16,945/yr

    1,711/mo   $20,540/yr

    2,139/mo  $25,675/yr

    Stipend — PHD

    1,526/mo  $18,315/yr

    1,850/mo   $22,201/yr

    2,312/mo  $27,751/yr

    Hours of Work Required

    13/wk

    16/wk

    20/wk

    Tuition Waiver

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

     

    D. Assistantship Offer Letters/Renewals

    1. Graduate assistants and their supervising professors must give careful attention to the duties listed and dates covered by the original offer letter, which serves as the assistantship contract. Once funds are budgeted, it is difficult to alter dates to fit contingencies and individual plans.
    2. Renewal of an assistantship requires action on the part of the supervising professor. The appropriate renewal forms will be made available to supervising professors, who then will complete the budget portion and hand off the form to the student to complete personnel information and indicate acceptance of the renewal.
    3. During the contract period, there is no provision for annual leave or vacation. The graduate assistant’s supervisor should be notified as soon as possible of an absence caused by illness. Absence for other reasons must receive prior approval.

    Warnell Scholarships

    Warnell awards thousands of dollars in scholarships annually and all current Warnell graduate students are eligible to apply. The graduate student listserv will be notified by the Warnell Student & Career Services Coordinator. The online application link will be available the first week of the spring semester and will close at 11:59pm on February 1st. Applications will be reviewed by the Honors and Awards Committee in March, which is made up of several faculty members, staff, and students. The Committee will make selections, and then the chosen scholarship recipients will be notified and honored at our annual Spring Awards Banquet in April.

    UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE AWARDS

    Judith Fitzgerald Brooks Memorial Award
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate
    Criteria: GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrates leadership, maturity, and character, and demonstrate an interest in sustainable forest production, by providing a written statement.

    Fredrick William Kinard, Jr. Scholarship
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate
    Criteria: Financial Need as determined by OSFA

    Martha Love May
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate
    Criteria: GPA>3.0; extracurricular activities; preference to female; undergraduate or graduate student. Graduate students must submit resume to be considered

    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) Rob Olszeswki Memorial Education Fund for Future Forestry Leaders
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate
    Criteria: support to attend the SFI annual conference and/or SFI’S Project Learning Tree events and/or other conferences, workshops, events that are collaborative in nature with SFI and deepen the understanding of the benefits of well-managed forests and how they improve our shared quality of life

    Archie E. Patterson Scholarship
    Eligibility: Undergraduate (professional) or Graduate
    Criteria: Graduate students must submit resume to be considered; extracurricular activities, leadership & grades.

    H.M. “Mac” Thompson
    Eligibility: Graduate or Undergraduate (professional) (S.E. GA)
    Criteria: Preference to graduate enrolled students in Forest Business and all graduate or undergraduates applying from Southeast, GA.

    Trout Unlimited Coldwater Fisheries Endowment   
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate student
    Criteria: Fisheries & aquaculture major with a demonstrated interest in cold water fisheries

    Oconee Trout Unlimited Coldwater Fisheries Student Research
    Eligibility: Graduate or Undergraduate
    Criteria: The purpose of the Fund is to provide support for research in Cold Water Fisheries in the Southeastern U.S. The Fund shall provide support for graduate and/or undergraduate research projects in cold water fisheries.

    Young Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Training
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate student (preference to undergraduates). 
    Criteria: Demonstrate leadership skills through active involvement in Warnell ambassador program, professional societies, student clubs and/or other Warnell sponsored events.

    Wyatt Memorial Scholarship
    Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate; fisheries, wildlife, natural resource management
    Criteria: Need based scholarships as determined by OSFA

    GRADUATE AWARDS

    B.E. Allen Graduate Scholarship
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Preference shall be given to students with financial need as determined by OSFA. Students with commitment to the management and utilization of forest resources.

    Earl D. and Wanda Taylor Barrs Entrepreneur and Leadership Support Fund
    Eligibility: Graduate in MFR Program
    Criteria: leadership or entrepreneur spirit.
    Purpose: Student who has demonstrated interest in developing leadership skills or demonstrated entrepreneur spirit.

    The Bubba Dawg Scholarship
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Graduate student in the Center for Forest Business. *Recipients shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Director of the Center for Forest Business.

    Hogan Graduate Support Scholarship
    Eligibility: Graduate; MFR Forest Business
    Criteria: Student in Master in Forest Resources in Forest Business

    Arnett C. and Ruth Mace Memorial Graduate Scholarship
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Minimum GPA 3.3, active in professional organizations, and demonstrate leadership potential. Specifically in Water Resources, Forestry and Forest Business. Preference will be given to residents of West Virginia, if none then to residents of Georgia. Interest in Sustainable Forest Production.  Scholarship may be in addition to a graduate assistantship.

    Barbara J. and Arnett C. Mace Jr Graduate Support Fund
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Water Resources, Forestry, and Forest Business

    Robert W. and June C. Porterfield
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Need based scholarships as determined by OSFA
    Graduate student in the MFR, M.S. or Ph.D. degree program supplement to an existing assistantship; preference to married students; demonstrated financial need.

    N.E. Georgia Quail Unlimited
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Students with demonstrated interest in Quail Management and other support for game-bird management as determined by the dean of the school.  Must meet requirements of the School Scholarship Honors and Awards Committee.

    Gerald B. And Charlotte A. Saunders
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: Need based scholarships as determined by OSFA. Demonstrated desire to pursue graduate level achievement in forest resources.  Minimum GPA to meet program requirements. May be on assistantship.

    Shirey Forestry and Natural Resources Education Endowment
    Eligibility: Graduate
    Criteria: The purpose of the Fund is to provide assistance to a student(s) who has a commitment to the management and utilization of forest resources.

    Opportunities for Graduate Students

    FANR 8900/9990 – Teaching Practicum (1-3 hrs)
    Designed to provide graduate teaching assistants and students at all levels with an opportunity to learn about pedagogical approaches that are effective at the college level. This course particularly focuses on the basic “nuts and bolts” of how to teach at the college level. Students will be encouraged to practice and discuss various aspects of teaching and to become familiar with the resources and professional development opportunities available to them at UGA.

    FANR 9995 – Developing University Teaching Skills
    Exposes early Ph.D. students to a range of current pedagogical philosophies and approaches to effectively engage students in large and small courses, the elements of teaching credentials, and the importance of teaching credentials in hiring, promotion and tenure. This course will provide a setting where students can think about and develop a personal teaching philosophy, instructional materials including a course syllabus, lectures, and exercises and examination materials. This course also provides venues to practice teaching, and students will leave the course with the initial components of a Teaching Portfolio.

    Teaching Portfolio Program/Certification
    The Graduate School sponsors the Graduate School Teaching Portfolio Program to encourage graduate students to document their teaching experiences at UGA in order to reflect upon and improve their teaching and to be prepared to present their teaching accomplishments on the job market. Many graduate students have found that preparing a teaching portfolio well before they begin their academic job searches has greatly helped them during the application process. Some credit a teaching portfolio for helping them get their jobs! Every fall and spring semester the Graduate School considers teaching portfolios for certification.

    Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching
    The goal of the Certificate is to provide doctoral and terminal professional degree students with a multifaceted program that supports the enhancement of the student’s teaching skills, prepares them for future academic positions, and provides an academic credential that should enhance students’ opportunities for academic employment. Graduate students interested in the Certificate should submit a formal application as soon as they have formulated plans for pursuing the Certificate.

    Professional Development Seminars (Brown Bags)
    Each year, the Graduate School offers many professional seminars for UGA graduate students. The seminars cover strategies for managing the professional, academic, and personal demands of life as a graduate student and offer helpful advice for students’ subsequent career search. Registration is required to attend these seminars which are held at the Miller Learning Center. The seminars, which range from an hour to an hour-and-a-half in length, are available in three formats: Video, 5-Minute Mentor Summary (perfect if you don’t have time to watch an entire video or if you want a printable version of a seminar’s main points), or Podcast. The Graduate School encourages all students, whether at UGA or other institutions, to take advantage of the seminars, in person or online.

    Professional Development for Graduate Students
    The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is committed to providing support to graduate students as they prepare for their future careers in academia. In addition to workshops and pedagogy classes, CTL supports graduate students who are pursuing the Graduate School’s Portfolio Program and Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching. For more information about these initiatives, or to suggest workshop topics, please contact Megan Mittelstadt at megan.mittelstadt@uga.edu.

    Emerging Leaders Program
    The Emerging Leaders Program is an invited leadership workshop sponsored by the Graduate School. This two-day program, which is held off campus, helps you learn from experts and fellow graduate students what it means to challenge yourself to be the best leader you can be. You’ll attend sessions about professional development and leadership skills necessary for entering a workplace characterized by a diversity of people, career opportunities, and ever increasing responsibilities.

    Future Faculty Program
    The Future Faculty Program, supported by the Graduate School, is a year long professional development program that brings together 15 award-winning teaching assistants from across campus to talk about, reflect upon, and improve their teaching, while preparing them for the academic job market and the rigors of their first faculty positions. Experienced teaching assistants who have been recognized at the institutional level for their outstanding teaching and who are preparing for careers in higher education are invited to apply to the program.

    Teaching Awards
    The University recognizes the significant contribution graduate students make to the instructional mission of the University with two separate awards: The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and the Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Graduate School.

    Certifications

    Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development Certificate
    Any graduate student in a natural science or a social science degree program at the University of Georgia is eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. Students who earn this certificate will receive interdisciplinary preparation to handle the unique, multi-disciplinary problems associated with working in the area of conservation and sustainable development. Students in the natural sciences will add a social science perspective to their understanding of the ecology of development, and students in the social sciences will learn ecological principles so that their decisions can be grounded in biological fact.

    Environmental Ethics Certificate
    The Graduate Environmental Ethics Certificate was designed primarily to provide an additional credential to enhance professional development. Graduate students are trained to make decisions about environmental problems based not only on traditional logic, but also on philosophical, social, political, legal, economic, scientific, and aesthetic considerations. Consequently, graduate students in the certificate program benefit by viewing environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    Geographic Information Science Certificate
    The Geographic Information Science Certificate Program is designed to prepare graduates with advanced training for the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science (GIS) with a comprehensive collection of courses in GIScience and GI Technology offered by the Department of Geography and other UGA departments. Learning geospatial concepts and skills in geographic data collection and analysis will increase research and employment opportunities in the growing field of GIScience.

    Sustainability Certificate
    The Graduate Sustainability Certificate equips students with the skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Through the process of obtaining the sustainability certificate, students gain knowledge about issues pertaining to sustainability, achieve enlightened perspectives about what sustainability means for individuals, communities, and the world, and acquire experience applying this understanding to meaningful, real-world situations.

    Water Resources Certificate
    The Water Resources Certificate Program prepares students for related careers in environmental science and management. The program provides a common curriculum to meet the educational needs of the next generation of environmental scientists and managers. Many of the courses provide hands-on experiences in an outdoor setting to learn about water resources. The purpose of the program is to train students to manage our scarce water resources for the maximum benefit of the world's population, while at the same time preserving the ecologic integrity of our aquatic resources.

    Student Resources

    General Questions
    When you have questions about graduate school that your major professor cannot answer, please see someone in the Warnell Graduate Office, Room 1-217, or call the office at 706-542-1183.

    Emergency
    The UGA Police Department is located in the Hodgson Oil Building on Oconee Street.  706-542-2200.

    Physical Health
    The University Health Center (UHC) assesses and treats students with illness and minor injuries. As necessary arrangements will be made for transfer to a hospital.  370 River Road, 706-542-1162. 

    Emotional Distress
    Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides short-term individual and couples counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, medication evaluation and monitoring, psychological testing and makes referrals to resources on and off-campus when appropriate.  CAPS is located on the 3rd floor of the UHC.  706-542-2273. 

    Student Care and Outreach
    The mission of ​Student Care and Outreach is to provide individualized assistance to students experiencing hardship circumstances, support to faculty and staff working with students in distress, and guidance to parents seeking help and information on behalf of their students.  325 Tate Student Center.  706-542-7774  

    Students with Disabilities
    The Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinates and provides a variety of academic and support services to UGA students and promotes equal educational opportunities and a welcoming academic, physical, and social environment.  114 Clark Howell Hall.  706-542-8719. 

    Veterans
    The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) mission is to serve as the go-to location for way finding and entry into an array of services provided by the University of Georgia and to offer wide-ranging support, advocacy, and a convenient respite for our Student Veterans.  481 Tate Student Center.  706-542-7872   svrc@uga.edu

    International Students
    The Department of International Student Life (ISL) enhances the student-learning environment through programs and services that internationalize the campus experience.  201 Memorial Hall.  706-542-5867      isl@uga.edu

    LGBT Community
    The LGBT Resource Center is committed to providing meaningful programming and engagement that meet the needs of the LGBTQA and ally communities by creating an environment of advocacy, education, and support.  221 Memorial Hall.  706-542-4077   lgbtrc@uga.edu

    Multicultural Students
    The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs works to create an inclusive campus environment by supporting the development and affirming the overall experiences of all students, particularly multicultural students.  404 Memorial Hall.  706-542-5773   mspinfo@uga.edu

    Additional Resources
    Additional information regarding student resources is available from UGA Student Affairs.  306 Memorial Hall.  706-542-3564 askstudentaffairs@uga.edu