Center for Plant Cell Biology

Student and Program Evaluation

ChemGen IGERT Student Evaluation

The student fellows of the ChemGen IGERT program are required to submit a research proposal and annual progress reports. Students who do not meet the expectations of the program will not be continued as ChemGen IGERT fellows. An Annual Progress Report is due August 1st of Years 1-4 of graduate studies. Additional reports may be requested at the Steering Committee’s discretion for internal monitoring of student progress. Students may have input from their advisors in the preparation of the proposal and progress reports, but the documents are to be produced by the students.

ChemGen IGERT students will meet the following program requirement:

ChemGen IGERT students must establish a dissertation research project that incorporates methods of chemical genomics to advance knowledge of plant or fungal cell biology; immediately following advancement to candidacy, establish a dissertation committee that includes two co-major professors from the ChemGen faculty roster, representing two separate disciplines of the ChemGen Program.

It is the responsibility of the major/co-major Professor(s) of ChemGen IGERT students to ensure that this requirement is met. If an IGERT fellow does not meet this expectation the major/co-major professor(s) may be denied the opportunity to have future students funded by the ChemGen IGERT program.

Submitting Research Proposal to IGERT Steering Committee

  1. A Student who begins ChemGen IGERT funding in Year 1 must provide a preliminary proposal of their chemical genomics research project by June 15th of Year 1 of their graduate program. This proposal will be reviewed and a revised proposal will be due on August 1st, the deadline for the Annual Progress Report.
  2. A Student who begins ChemGen IGERT funding in Year 2 must have an approved chemical genomics research project proposal at the time that their IGERT fellowship stipend support begins.

Annual Progress Reports Due August 1st

  1. The annual progress report will specifically address the progress towards the goals defined in the approved chemical genomics research project proposal.
  2. The progress report should be two to five pages (double spaced) and may additionally include figures and tables. The report should include citation of the literature, as appropriate.
  3. The progress report should be a list of accomplishments towards the project goals. Any proposed change in project goals will need to be explained and subsequently approved.

Along with the project report, the student will submit the ChemGen IGERT Annual Student Progress Report Form. An important component of this form is a list of any posters, meeting presentations (meetings at UCR other than group meetings or publications made by the student in which the chemical genomics work was reported and the ChemGen IGERT program acknowledged.

The Steering Committee will use the Progress Reports, including the Annual Progress Report Form, to determine whether ChemGen IGERT funding will be continued. The IGERT program may request an informal written progress report at any other time if the Steering Committee is concerned that a student is making inadequate progress to merit continued funding by the IGERT program.

IGERT Committees for Program Evaluation

Student Affairs Committee


Four co-PIs, four additional Participants, and two IGERT student representatives will provide guidelines for students in a program handbook and assist with the course program, mentoring and retention, undergraduate training, internships, career guidance, and other needs of ChemGen IGERT students enrolled in graduate programs within their discipline.

IGERT Graduate Student Association Representatives

Two elected IGERT students elected for a one-year term will serve as liaisons between the faculty and IGERT students on programmatic issues and organize student involvement in ChemGen IGERT activities (i.e., the invited speaker selection, hosting, and annual retreat, etc.).

Academic and Industrial Advisory Committee

An Academic and Industrial Advisory Committee will facilitate the review of the program at the end of Years 1 to 4. This committee will meet twice per year (once on-site and once via electronic conference) to review the program's educational undertakings and progress relative to milestones and goals. The committee will have eight members, from three existing resources: (a) employers providing graduate student internship opportunities to ChemGen IGERT trainees, (b) academic institutions with highly regarded graduate programs in fields represented by the ChemGen IGERT, and (c) the CEPCEB and Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department Advisory Boards. The members will be selected to have experience in providing the type of feedback needed to optimize the success of the ChemGen IGERT program in relationship to the long-term needs of America’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field communities. These individuals will also be encouraged to attend the ChemGen IGERT annual retreat.

Program Evaluation

The ChemGen IGERT program will be evaluated in several ways.

  1. External Advisory Board Consultations.
  2. Student Interviews and Progress Reports
  3. Evaluation Survey of Students and Faculty
  4. Student Evaluation of ChemGen IGERT Courses
  5. Annual NSF-Progress Survey (April 15th – May 15th, on-line survey)
  6. NSF Site Visit (anticipated)

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