Academics at the School of Meteorology
- SoM M.S. Comprehensive Exam Policy (for M.S.P.M. and M.S. non-thesis only)
- SoM Ph.D. Policy
- SoM Ph.D. Advisory Conference Policy
- SoM Ph.D. General Exam Policy
Graduate Student Yearly Status Report (due every April 15th)
- Most School of Meteorology graduate students are funded through teaching assistantships (provided by the University) or research assistantships (provided by faculty grants, funds from affiliated institutions, or fellowships). The funding consists of a tuition waiver and a stipend. Except for fellowship recipients (whose stipends are determined by the fellowship program), all graduate students' stipends, whether from TA or RA appointments, are set at fixed rates.
- Please refer to our current stipend rates.
- The University of Oklahoma offers a full graduate assistant tuition waiver for the duration of the degree program. This program will apply to the incoming graduate student class for Fall 2010. The new waiver program will place no limits on the hours waived per semester. Instead, the total number of hours waived will be limited to the hours required for the degree program. There are some qualifiers; the following hours may also be waived:
- extra required hours for students in their final semester (e.g., students will have to enroll for 6 hours to be full-time.
- thesis or dissertation hours for an additional semester or two for students appointed on grants.
- conditional hours determined by the department and approved by the Graduate College upon admission to the academic program.
- Students will need to budget for enrollment and course fees. For 9 credit hours, fees can range up to $1500 per semester.
- OU does offer student health insurance, with two options. Plan II is paid for by the University for all RA and TA students. Students have the option of enrolling in Plan I, which offers more coverage than Plan II. Plan I costs approximately $70 per month.These policies are all open to international graduate students.
This FAQ is also available in PDF.
General Exam Best Practices
- The Graduate College requires that all students pass a General Examination as part of the requirements for a PhD. A student becomes a doctoral candidate upon successful completion of the General Examination. The Graduate College Bulletin states: "The General Examination consists of a written and oral portion. It is intended to test the studentÊ¼s mastery of a number of related fields as well as the studentÊ¼s capacity for synthesis, sound generalization and critical ability".
- As mandated by the Graduate College and stated in the Graduate College Bulletin: "When the student is enrolled in or has completed the final semester of coursework, and all Tools of Research have been completed with grades of B or better, the student should prepare for the General Examination." Note that the School of Meteorology has no "Tools of Research" requirements.
- There are no actual restrictions on the type of task that a Doctoral Committee could put before a student during the General Examination, but the School of Meteorology does make some recommendations in this matter
- The task may be relevant to the student's specialty within meteorology, but should not be about material that is planned to be directly incorporated into the student's Dissertation.
- The task should be sufficiently challenging that the written report stemming from it would allow indication of (i) a breadth of knowledge of graduate-level meteorology, (ii) an intellectual capacity to proceed with independent research at the doctoral level and (iii) written communication skills necessary for the research to culminate in the production of a Dissertation.
- Yes. The definition of the task and the evaluation criteria that are given to the student must be in writing, and a copy, signed by all members of the student's Doctoral Committee, should be submitted to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee for record keeping.
- The School of Meteorology recommends the time limit for completing the written report to be approximately one month after the task has been revealed to the student. Other time limits could be used, but should be roughly commensurate with expected half-time labor by the student toward completion of the task. As mandated by the Graduate College, "The student must complete the General Examination during the semester in which the authority is given." and "Both the written and oral portions should be taken during the same semester."
- The School of Meteorology recommends that the student be allowed full access to all written resources for completion of the written report: all books, journals and online resources. However, the student is not allowed to receive personal tutoring from any source, except perhaps clarification of the task from the Doctoral Committee (the Committee will decide based on the wording of the original task and of the background knowledge expected of the student whether such clarification is warranted).
- No. It is recommended that the student be given time to devote his or her full attention to the task of completing the General Examination. If a student is enrolled in regular classes during the time the Examination is given, then he or she is expected to continue fulfilling the course requirements. In such a case, the Doctoral Committee and student are encouraged to consider the timing of class assignments when scheduling the General Examination.
- The School of Meteorology has not made a formal recommendation on the length of the Written Examination. Furthermore, length can vary depending on formatting, the number of figures & tables shown and so forth. Expectations on the length of the report should be commensurate with amount of time provided to complete the task. As a rough guideline, it seems reasonable for a student to complete a single-spaced written report of 25 - 35 pages in one month.
- The School of Meteorology requires that an oral examination of the task also be undertaken and recommends that this Oral Examination occur within the two weeks following submission of the written report.
- Yes. After the submission of the written report, and prior to the oral Exam, the Doctoral Committee members may provide feedback to the student about the written report and the upcoming Oral Examination. During that time, the student may freely discuss the task with any source. A written record of the feedback provided to the student from the committee members should be provided to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and a copy placed in the student's file.
- The Oral Examination procedure should be akin to the procedure traditionally used for a defense of a Dissertation. That is, the student will be asked to present an explication and defense of the written report accompanied by thorough questioning confirming the studentÊ¼s mastery of a number of related fields as well as the studentÊ¼s capacity for synthesis, sound generalization and critical ability.
- Given that the Oral Examination procedure should be akin to the procedure traditionally used for a Dissertation defense, the School of Meteorology recommends that three hours be reserved for the Oral Examination.
- Only the student and student's Doctoral Committee will be present for the Oral Examination.
- Within one week of having administered the General Examination, the Chair of the Doctoral Committee will provide a photocopy of the official Report of General Examination to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. The photocopy will be placed in the student's School of Meteorology file. The result of the General Examination will be announced during executive session of the next faculty meeting by the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.
- The definition of the task and the evaluation criteria that are given to the student must be in writing and approved and signed by all members of the Doctoral Committee.
- A copy of the signed document will be presented to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and will be kept with the student's records.
- The Graduate Committee is encouraged to also present a copy of the written report to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, which will also be kept with the student's records.
- The Graduate College Bulletin states: The student must apply for the General Examination at least two weeks before any portion of the General Examination will be held.
- Any changes to the Advisory Conference Report require explicit mention on the form with the advisor's initials in approval. This includes taking a course that is newly offered (nonexistent when the Advisory Conference Report meeting occurred).
- Any incomplete/"no grade" marks (even for research hours) cause problems. Make sure the advisor submits grades for each semester!
- If course hours have not been completed, then an additional form must be completed.
This FAQ is also available in PDF.
- Fiedler (Graduate Liaison)
- Gibbs (Graduate Student Representative)
- Klein (Chair)
- OU Graduate College M.S. Webpage
- OU Graduate College Ph.D. Webpage
The School of Meteorology has a variety of student organizations