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Biotechnology Graduate Program Regulations

Supervisory Committee
The Supervisory Committee will consist of at least three members, of whom two are core faculty. One of the core faculty will be the supervisor or co-supervisor for the student and also serve as the Chair of the Committee. Other members of the Committee may include core faculty and non-core faculty who participate in the teaching of graduate courses.

In consultation with the student, the academic program for each PhD candidate will be developed by the Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee will recommend the academic program of the student to the Biotechnology Graduate Studies Committee for approval.

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Doctoral Regulations, Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing, a minimum grade of 70% is required for every course undertaken as part of the program.

Residency
The residency requirement will be a minimum of one year (three terms), of which two terms must be consecutive.

Comprehensive Examination
The comprehensive examination will assess the student's general preparedness for the PhD degree and specific areas in his or her chosen area of study and research. It will also assess the student's ability to integrate material from divergent areas, to reconcile theoretical, methodological and empirical issues, and to think creatively. The comprehensive examination will be an oral examination conducted by the Comprehensive Examination Committee. The student's Supervisory Committee, in consultation with the student, will set up the Comprehensive Examination Committee consisting of the Supervisory Committee and at least one additional examiner. The comprehensive examination may include a written component, if recommended by the Supervisory Committee.

The comprehensive examination must be completed no later than 12 months after initial registration. Only two attempts at the comprehensive examination will be permitted. Students who fail the second attempt will be required to withdraw from the PhD Program.

Dissertation and Defence
The dissertation research must be original and independent work that will significantly advance knowledge in biotechnology. Review of the dissertation will be by the student's Supervisory Committee and by an examiner from outside Lakehead University with expertise in the student's area of research.

The student must successfully defend the dissertation both in a normally public oral presentation and in an examination. The Examination Committee at the defence normally consists of the student's Supervisory Committee and the External Examiner. If the External Examiner cannot personally come to the defence, he/she may participate by audio/video conferencing or by proxy (represented by the student's Examination Committee).

Period of Study
Students are expected to complete all requirements within a minimum of nine terms (3 years), up to a maximum of twelve terms (4 years) of continuous full-time registration. Candidates must meet a minimum residency of three terms, two of which must be consecutive.

Chemistry and Materials Science Graduate Program Regulations

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations governing doctoral (PhD) programs, the following regulations apply to to students in the PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science program.

1. Program Coordinating Committee
A Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Program Coordinating Committee, chaired by the Program Coordinator/Graduate Co-ordinator, provides overall direction for the Program.

2. Dissertation Committee
The Dissertation Committee will consist of at least three members, of whom two are core faculty including the student's Principal Supervisor (Committee Chair), and Co-supervisor (if any). The Dissertation Committee will be chosen by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the Principal Supervisor and the student. Membership on the Committee may be altered to reflect changes in expertise/requirements, in consultation with the Program Coordinator. The Committee will meet with the student at least once every six months, and the student will submit a written summary of progress to the Committee at least once a year. The Committee Chair will provide a written report of the meeting to the Program Coordinator and the student, who may follow up with a written response to the Committee. An unsatisfactory performance in three consecutive Committee meetings shall be grounds for dismissal from the program. The Supervisor in consultation with the student will normally be responsible for convening the meetings.

The academic program of each PhD candidate will be tailored by the Dissertation Committee in consultation with the student, and recommended to the Program Coordinating Committee for approval.

3. Residency
The full-time residency requirement at Lakehead University will be a minimum of one year (three terms), of which two terms must be consecutive.

4. Comprehensive Examination
A Comprehensive Examination will be held within 12 months of initial registration in the program to assess the student's general preparedness for the PhD degree in his or her chosen area of study. It will also assess the student's ability to integrate material from divergent areas, to reconcile theoretical, methodological and empirical issues, and to think creatively. The examination will be conducted orally by a Comprehensive Examination Committee that is selected by the Dissertation Committee. There may also be a written component, if so recommended by the Dissertation Committee.

Only two attempts at the examination will be permitted. Students who fail the second attempt will be required to withdraw from the PhD program.

5. Dissertation and Defense
The dissertation research must be original and significantly advance knowledge in chemistry or materials science. The dissertation will be published in a standard thesis format, for example, consisting of a literature survey, a materials and methods section, experimental results with corresponding narrative, a discussion of the findings in a context of previous knowledge, and a comprehensive bibliography. The thesis will be reviewed by the Examination Committee, consisting of members of the Dissertation Committee and an examiner who is external to Lakehead University and has expertise in the student's area of research.

The student must successfully defend the dissertation in a public oral presentation and an in-camera exam before the Oral Defense Examination Committee. If the External examiner cannot come to the defense in person, he/she may participate by video conferencing or by proxy (represented by the student's Oral Defense Examination Committee).

6. Period of Study
Students will be expected to complete their course requirements, comprehensive exam, dissertation and defense within a maximum of 4 years from entry into the PhD program.

Regulations for Mathematical Sciences Graduate Programs

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Candidates are accepted under the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations governing the Master's degree providing they also satisfy the requirements of the Department of Mathematical Sciences as stated below:

A student entering the Master's program is expected to have at least a B grade average in an honours program in mathematics or a closely related discipline from an accredited university and have had the necessary undergraduate prerequisites for the graduate courses he/she intends to take.

The application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

Master of Science Degree in Geology Regulations

Students in the MSc in Geology may request a leave of absence from the program for the purpose of gaining practical experience related to the field of study. Such leaves will be governed by the same procedures and conditions as for other Leave of Absence requests. Students should refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Masters Regulations for additional details.