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Introduction

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has 71 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 about 27,000 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

MFR Advisory Committee Form

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 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.
  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 (no adjunct members may serve), and 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 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

MFR/MNR Program of Study Form

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

Electives*

11

Policy, Economics, and Administration requirement**

1

Total      

33

*3 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.

**The 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

Electives*

12

Total      

33

*3 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. In any case, 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 at the UGA Graduate School website three semesters in advance.

4. Time Limit for the Degree

Time limit for completion of all requirements of the MFR/MNR is the same as those listed for master’s degrees in the Graduate Bulletin.

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. An extension of time may be granted only on conditions beyond the control of the student.

5. 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.

6. Exit Interview

An Exit Interview is a required part of the Warnell graduation process. The Exit Interview is conducted by two members of the Warnell Graduate Student Association. For the contact information to schedule your exit interview please check the most recent email announcing Oral Exam 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

MS Advisory Committee Form

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 Advisory Committee form signed by the Committee and delivered to the Warnell Graduate Office.

  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 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 Faculty.
    3. All UGA committee members must hold the rank of at least assistant professor or equivalent.
    4. No more than one non-UGA committee member may be appointed as a voting member.
    5. Of the additional members of the committee, one must work in a study area outside the student’s area of concentration. The outside representative may be from another school or college of the University.
    6. The outside representative may 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 resume and a letter addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School 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 Faculty, the Warnell Faculty (no adjunct members may serve), 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 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 Faculty members on the committee must be maintained.

2. Program of Study

MS Program of Study Form

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 coursework 2,3

9

Total      

30

  1. Coursework only open to Graduate Students, in which Scientific Research (FANR 8200) and Experimental Methods (FANR 6750) are required. 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.
  2. 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. No 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

Research Prospectus Form

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. Important Dates and Deadlines
  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 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 examination.

  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 Graduate Faculty members must be maintained.
      3. The defense may be canceled or rescheduled at a later time. In either case, the Warnell Graduate Office must be notified.
  2. 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/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. The Thesis Defense Approval Form must be submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office before the corrected (final) copy of the electronic thesis will be accepted by the Graduate School.
    5. The final thesis/defense approval deadline is posted at the UGA Graduate School Website three semesters in advance.

6. Time Limit for the Degree

Time limit for completion of all requirements of the MS is the same as that listed for master’s degrees in the UGA Graduate School Bulletin.

All Graduate School requirements for an MS must fall within a 6-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.

7. 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. All forms must be typed by the student, except the Thesis Defense and Final Examination Approval form.
  4. If students do not fulfill one or more of the actions above by the appropriate deadlines set forth by the UGA Graduate School, the graduation term will be deleted and the student will need to apply to graduate through ATHENA for a future term, in which they will be required to register for an additional 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 two members of the Warnell Graduate Student Association (WGSA). To schedule your exit interview please check the most recent email announcing Oral Exam 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 insure adequate progress toward graduation. Questions may be directed to the Warnell Graduate Office.

1. Advisory Committee

PhD Advisory Committee Form

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 Advisory Committee form signed by the Committee and delivered to the Warnell Graduate Office.
 

  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 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 Graduate Faculty.
    3. All UGA committee members must hold the rank of at least assistant professor or equivalent.
    4. Of the additional members of the committee, one must work outside the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
    5. The fourth committee member may 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 resume and a letter addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School 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 (no adjunct members may serve) 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 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 Faculty members must be maintained.

2. Program of Study 

PhD Program of Study Form

The academic course work 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 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 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

164

Any graduate level coursework 5

5

Total

30

  1. Students are allowed 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.
  2. 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 Research in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 8200) or an equivalent course. This requirement may be waived if the student has published (first author) research in a refereed scientific journal. Appeals must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.
  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

Research Prospectus Form

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/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. No more than one dissenting vote is permitted for the student to pass the oral examination.
      1. The Major/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 will be allowed one re-examination.
      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 Exam, 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 Exam 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. Important Dates and Deadlines
  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 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.
        • A majority of Graduate Faculty members must be maintained.
      3. The defense may be canceled or rescheduled at a later time. In either case, 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/Co-major Professor’s vote of approval is required to pass the examination.
    3. An abstention is not an appropriate vote for the defense.
    4. The defense approval form must be submitted to the Warnell Graduate Office before the corrected (final) copy of the electronic thesis will be accepted by the Graduate School.
    5. 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. All forms must be typed by the student, except the Dissertation and Final Examination Approval form.
  4. If students do not fulfill one or more of the actions above by the appropriate deadlines set forth by the UGA Graduate School, the graduation term will be deleted and the student will need to apply to graduate through ATHENA for a future term, in which they will be required to register for an additional 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 two members of the Warnell Graduate Student Association (WGSA). To schedule an interview please check the most recent email announcing Final Oral Exams and Defenses.

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.
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      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. 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

Assistantships

A. Assistantship Eligibility

Degree-seeking students accepted by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are automatically considered for an assistantship; however, funds are limited. Consideration for Graduate School Assistantships is only available to students admitted for Fall matriculation. Consideration for Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources assistantships is available for students admitted for Fall or Spring matriculation.>

B. Assistantship Types

  1. Graduate School Assistantships

    Graduate School Assistantships are funded through the UGA Graduate School for the first 5 semesters, including summer. During this time, the recipient is required to assist his or her Major Professor in research. Warnell will support a Master’s student for a maximum of 2 more semesters, including summer, for and a Doctoral student for a maxiumum of 5 more semesters. When on Warnell support, the student will be expected to TA once per academic year.
    Competitions 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.

  2. Warnell Assistantships

    Warnell assistantships are funded by the School, and are awarded solely on the basis of merit. The recipient’s duties include assisting faculty members in teaching and research. Standard length of support for a Master’s student is 7 semesters, including summer, and for a Doctoral student is 10 semesters, including summer. Students are obligated to TA one semester per academic year for the duration of departmental support. To be eligible for consideration, applications must be complete by February 1 (for fall) and October 1 (for spring) and the applicant must be recommended for acceptance by a faculty member.

  3. 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.

  4. Teaching Assistantships

    The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will award a limited number of Teaching Assistantships to students who apply. Students will be notified by email when the online application is available. Teaching Assistantships extend from the first day of class to the last day of final exams for the semester in which the assigned course is taught. All students who wish to gain experience in teaching may apply for a teaching assignment through the online Teaching Assistant application.

C. Assistantship Stipend

The assistantship stipend amount depends 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.  Teaching Assistantships are paid at 35 percent time (0.35 EFT).  No graduate student may work more than 50 percent time. Students on assistantship must register for 18 hours of graduate credit per semester, including summer.

 

Time Employed

Assistantship Standard

33%

40%

50%

Stipend — MS & MFR/MNR*

1,344.15/mo $16,130/yr

1,629.25/mo $19,551/yr

2,036.58/mo $24,439/yr

Stipend — PHD*

1,452.83/mo $17,434/yr

1,7,61.00/mo $21,132/yr

2,201.25/mo $26,415/yr

Hours of Work Required per week

13

16

20

Tuition Waiver

Yes

Yes

Yes

*Rates for FY 2017

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. Desired alterations of an executed contract to fit contingencies and individual plans will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  2. Renewal of an assistantship requires action on the part of the supervising professor and the student. 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.

Scholarships

UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE AWARDS

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

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

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

N.E. Georgia Quail Unlimited
Eligibility: Undergraduate or 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.

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

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. ($500 ea.)

WYATT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate; fisheries, wildlife, natural resource management
Criteria: Need based scholarships as determined by OSFA

NWTF Scholarship - $1,500
Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate student
Criteria: Fisheries and wildlife major (wildlife science emphasis or dual major with forestry)
GPA>3.0; Georgia Resident; Current NWTF member; Current Georgia hunting license
Previously awarded students may reapply
The Forest Landowner Foundation Scholarship - $1,500
Eligibility: Undergrad or Graduate (must have at least one year of school remaining)
Criteria: Maintain an overall B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale); Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities; Other honors received; An interest in working with private, non-industrial landowners; Work or direct family-forest experience; Unusual personal or family circumstances; Recommendation from key academic staff at the university ; Other references (up to three will be reviewed) *Recipient requested to send biography and photo to include in FLF publications.

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.

Hogan Graduate Support Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduate; MFR Forest Business
Criteria: Student in Master of 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 - $2,000 awards
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.

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.

The Bubba Dawg Scholarship - $1,000
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.

Mr. Terence and Ms. Sheila Green NRRT Award - $250
Eligibility: Graduate
Criteria: NRRT Student; GPA 3.5 or above; Active in any Warnell club or organization; Active in any form of Athens community/charity organization or event.

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 Student 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 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 Edward Watson at edwatson@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

Sustainability Certification
The proposed Certificate in Sustainability responds to this strategic direction explicitly by preparing students for effective leadership in sustainability on campus and beyond. Encouraging students to extend the knowledge gained to their area of study, the certificate is designed to complement students’ existing degrees with a foundation in sustainability. As proposed, the Certificate in Sustainability will be open to undergraduate and graduate students of any major and will require 18 credit hours of work including a core course, a year long seminar, three courses from a list of options in ecological sciences, social sciences and economics, and a capstone course and portfolio.

Environmental Ethics Certificate Program
The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP provides an interdisciplinary forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment.

Water Resources Certificate
The Water Resources Certificate Program prepares students for related careers in environmental science and management. Protecting the long-term ecologic health of our rivers and streams is an important national goal. Yet our society has ever-increasing demands for inexpensive supplies of high-quality water. 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.

Conservation Ecology Certificate
Students enrolled in any graduate degree program in the University of Georgia may apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. This program is designed for students who wish to develop an area of specialty that complements their primary degree program. Some recent recipients of the certificate include students from anthropology, forestry, landscape architecture, education, and law.

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