Ph.D. Resources

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

TA information, including the Faculty TA Request Form and  Mandatory Student Support Form, can be found here.


GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS

GSR information, including GSR request forms, can be found here.


MEDICAL AND ACADEMIC LEAVES

In rare instances, graduate students may need to take a leave of absence (LOA) for personal and/or health reasons. If this occurs, please review the LOA guidelines and contact the appropriate department graduate student services staff member for further details.


IRB APPROVAL

The vast majority of research projects conducted in the School of Social Ecology requires IRB approval. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigaor (lead researcher) to obtain such approval.


ADVANCEMENT

Review campus-wide filing deadlines and check with your department for internal deadlines, as several signatures are needed prior to filing paperwork.

  • Advancement to Candidacy
    • Doctoral students must advance to candidacy within normative time.  For Social Ecology doctoral students, advancement typically occurs no later than the fourth year of study. 
    • The doctoral advancement committee is comprised of five voting members of the University Academic Senate. A majority of the committee, but not necessarily all, shall be affiliated with the program. 
      • The Outside Member serves as the fifth committee member, and must have no affiliation with the candidate's program.  However, the Outside Member must be a voting member of the University Academic Senate. 
        • Faculty members from outside of the University of California, Irvine, require an exception memo (including a copy of the faculty member's CV).  Contact your department graduate student services staff person for additional information. 
    • Advancement to candidacy for our doctoral programs require the following steps:
      1. At least three weeks prior to the advancement meeting, complete the Social Ecology Doctoral Advancement Committee Form, and submit it to the Director of Graduate Student Services for approval.
      2. Complete the conflict of interest form, on page 3 of the advancement to candidacy/Ph.D. Form I, prior to advancement.
      3. Promptly following the advancement meeting, obtain committee member signatures, as well as all other necessary signatures (e.g. Faculty Program Advisor, Department Chair, & Associate Dean). 
        • Three of the five advancement committee members will continue to work with the student by serving on the doctoral dissertation committee.
          • Students need to identify such individuals by placing an asterisk next to the committee member's name. 
      4. After meeting, take the advancement form to the Cashier's Office (228 Aldrich Hall) and pay the $90 Advancement to Candidacy Fee.
      5. Submit all materials to UCI's Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall).

FINAL DEGREE INSTRUCTIONS

Review campus-wide filing deadlines and check with your department for internal deadlines, as several signatures are needed prior to filing paperwork.

  • Final Degree (Doctoral Dissertation)
    • Doctoral students must complete their degree within normative time.  Social Ecology doctoral students typically file their doctoral dissertations by the end of the sixth year of study. 
    • The doctoral dissertation committee is comprised of three voting members of the University Academic Senate.  A majority of the committee, but not necessarily all, shall be affiliated with the program. 
    • Doctoral dissertation filing requires the following steps:
      1. Complete the Ph.D. Form II - Signature Page/Report on Final Examination for the Ph.D. Degree form, including committee signatures.
      2. Submit the completed Ph.D. Form II - Signature Page/Report on Final Examination for the Ph.D. Degree form to program graduate student services staff for Department Chair and Associate Dean signatures.
      3. Complete the Ph.D. Dissertation Submission Checklist, including the Survey of Earned Doctorates and UCI Ph.D. Exit Survey.
        • Review the instructions and upload the thesis to the UCI Libraries.
      4. Compile all materials above and submit all materials to UCI's Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall).