bisi timeline: years 1-3

BISI encourages all students in the program to meet regularly with both their advisor(s) and committee members.  
An annual meeting with your committee is required for all BISI students. 

The BISI office can assist with room reservations. When planning committee meetings, students must notify the BISI Office (bisi@umd.edu) at least 2 weeks in advance. The office will have all necessary paperwork and the student file ready for pick up on the day prior to the meeting. Be sure to print a copy of your unofficial transcripts for all meetings. See the committee composition requirements here. The general meeting guidelines and overview can be found here. Read the Official Preliminary Meeting and Qualifying Exam Policy and Procedure document when planning for these exams.

 
 

BEES & PSYS

 

YEAR 1 - SEMESTER 1

Students have their first committee meeting within the first 2 weeks or prior to arrival on campus (this can be virtual) . It includes an advisor and a senior doctoral student and its meant to help review your academic background and develop your curriculum which includes an appropriate statistics course. 

YEAR 1 - SEMESTER 2

Students have their second committee meeting at the end of the semester. It includes an advisor, senior doctoral student, and two additional faculty members. The meeting is meant to help review your background for you research proposal and develop a research plan.

 
 
 

YEAR 2

Students have their preliminary meeting during  their 4th semester (BEES) or 5th semester (PSYS). You can see committee composition requirements here .  Once you've finalized your committee, please submit an Advisory Committee form 

YEAR 3

Students have their qualifying exam that must be completed by the end of the 5th (BEES) or 6th (PSYS) semester. 

 
 

cbbg & mocb

 

YEAR 1 - SEMESTER 1

Students meet with Concentration Area Director and Graduate Program Committee.  The CA Director acts as advisor until one is selected. The objective of this meeting is to help with coursework selection and choose rotation mentors. All students do 3 rotations during Fall (2) and Winter (1) terms. Students must submit completed Rotation Evaluation forms after each rotation.

YEAR 1 - SEMESTER 2

An advisor must be chosen prior to the end of the second semester. Students must meet with advisory committee within 9  months of choosing advisor. Failure to find an advisor by the end of summer may result in dismissal from the program.

 
 
 

YEAR 2

The committees must be determined by the 4th semester. Students must submit an Advisory Committee form once they've chosen their dissertation committee. The committee guidelines can be found here.

YEAR 3

Students have their preliminary meeting during the 5th semester and must complete their qualifying exam by the end of the 6th semester.