Post-Comprehensive Exam Enrollment
International Graduate Students
English Language Requirements
Leave of Absence (LOA)
Master's/Doctoral Degree Requirements
Guidelines for Dealing With Alleged Academic Misconduct
Integrity in Graduate Study: A Graduate School Guide
Patents, Policies and Procedures When Working With Industry
Financial Support for Graduate Students
Scholarships and Fellowships
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)
Graduate Student Council
Scientific Principles *
As I begin my graduate education in science, I will always remember that science is done for the public good. I will present and publish my research so that my results may be validated. If honest error is made, it will be quickly acknowledged. I will abhor fraud in any of its guises. I will not plagiarize the work of others and will be precise in attribution of authorship and the work of others. I will not hesitate to report dishonest research when I find it. My teaching will be thorough, respectful of my students and directed toward enhancing their knowledge and not my reputation. I will explain my research to the public and invest in ensuring that those non-scientists who support my work understand what I am doing and why
I do it. I accept my obligations to protect the environment, to
use animals sparingly and humanely, and to secure fully informed consent
from the men and women who may volunteer as experimental subjects and
thus as partners in my research. **
* taken from a 1989 study of the National Academy of Sciences
Allen B. Rawitch, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mike Werle, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Welcome to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Graduate Studies Program Page. The Graduate Studies Office at the University of Kansas Medical Center Campus is under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies, who functions as the chief academic officer for the Medical Center.
The Office of Graduate Studies (a unit of Academic Affairs) is responsible for the oversight of graduate programs in the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Medicine. Also included within the Academic Affairs unit are the Offices of Faculty Affairs, International Programs, and Postdoctoral Affairs.
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate Studies Office are located at 5015 Wescoe. Our staff are dedicated to serving the needs of graduate students in all of the programs at the medical center and supporting their academic and research pursuits. Should you need additional information about any of our programs you may come by the office, contact me via email at email@example.com or call our office at 913-588-1258. In addition, because it is our desire to continue to improve our programs, any suggestions are welcome and may be transmitted to me via the same email address or by calling the office.
Allen B. Rawitch, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean of Graduate Studies
The first step each term is for you to meet with the graduate advisor in your department to determine courses you should enroll in. The Office of the Registar administers the actual enrollment in courses. Enrollment information is posted on their website at: http://www.kumc.edu/studentcenter/regenroll.html
University of Kansas policy for defining graduate student full-time and half-time enrollment follows:
Full-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters:
Full-time enrollment for Summer semester:
Half-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters:
Half-time enrollment for Summer semester:
Students enrolled in fewer hours than defined by half-time enrollment are considered part-time.
All students should check with their graduate degree programs and Graduate Studies’ policies to determine if additional enrollment requirements or summer enrollment requirements exist.
As indicated in the Academic Catalog (see #5 under Doctoral Degree Requirements) after passing the comprehensive oral examination for
a doctoral degree, you must be continuously enrolled, including summer
sessions. During this time, until all requirements for the degree are
completed, or until 18 post-comprehensive hours have been completed (whichever
comes first), you must enroll for a minimum of 6 hours during the Fall
and Spring semester and 3 hours during the Summer session. Each enrollment
must reflect as accurately as possible the candidate’s demands on faculty
time and university facilities. If after 18 hours of post-comprehensive
enrollment the degree is not completed, you must continue to enroll each
semester and each summer session until all requirements for the degree
have been met, including the filing of the dissertation.
International students must comply with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations regarding full-time enrollment regardless of University of Kansas institutional policy. The full-time guideline (as stated above for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) does meet current USCIS requirements. However, USCIS does qualify their requirements by citing situations whereby a student may enroll in less than full time hours but can still maintain valid visa status. A reduced course load based on financial need is NOT a qualifying reason. Students should contact the Office of International Programs (913-588-1485) prior to enrolling for any semester during which they will not meet the stated full-time requirements. Failure to meet USCIS requirements means the student is "out-of-status." Maintenance of valid immigration status is required to enroll in and attend KUMC programs.
All applicants for study at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the academic format of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the first semester of enrollment.
Test scores must be original forms sent directly from the administering agency to KUMC. Photocopies will not be accepted. The ETS school code for KUMC is 6895.
For current score requirements for regular and provisional admission, refer to the chart posted on the Office of International Programs website which is located under English Language Requirements. A student admitted to KUMC Graduate Studies not meeting the required proficiency scores posted on this website may be required to test upon arrival at KUMC.
The only exceptions to this policy are:
1) For applicants who have earned at least a baccalaureate degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education, the Dean of Graduate Studies may consider and grant exceptions to the minimum English proficiency requirements on a case-by-case basis.
2) For applicants who have earned a degree from a foreign institution where the language of instruction was English, the TOEFL requirement may be waived on a case by case basis by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Documentation that the school's language of instruction was English must be provided.
In addition, the Kansas Board of Regents requires that in order to
be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), students must first
attain a minimum score of 50 on the SPEAK test or a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the iBT or a minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of IELTS.
As indicated in the Academic Catalog, the basic system is an A, B, C, D, F system, where A, designates above-average graduate work; B, average graduate work; C, passing but not average graduate work; D and F, failing graduate work. D and F work does not count toward a degree.
The letter P is used in this system only to indicate participation in thesis, dissertation and research enrollments (related to thesis or dissertation), and in the first semester enrollment of a two-semester sequence course. Upon completion of thesis/dissertation or research hours leading to a master’s or doctoral degree, the P remains on the final transcript except for the last semester of enrollment. A letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) is assigned in the last semester of enrollment to characterize the quality of the final product. The I grade is not appropriate for enrollment in thesis, dissertation, or research, and is not accepted.
For enrollments other than thesis, dissertation or research, the letter I is used to indicate course work that has been of passing quality, some part of which is, for good reason, unfinished (incomplete). A student who has an I posted for a course must make up the work by the date determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student, which may not exceed one calendar year, or the last day of the term of graduation, whichever comes first. An I not removed according to this rule shall automatically convert to a grade of F or U, or the lapse grade assigned by the course instructor, and shall be indicated on the student’s record.
The grades of S and U may be used to designate satisfactory and unsatisfactory performance, respectively, in continuing education, workshop and institute courses upon the recommendation of the department offering the course. No more than six hours total of graduate courses graded S are permitted to count toward a degree.
In courses numbered 800 or above for which specific authorization has been given, the instructor may report a grade of S for students who have satisfactorily attended the course but for whom it has not been possible to evaluate the quality of performance.
Once the S grade for a particular course (or a particular faculty member’s section of a multi-section course) has been recommended by the department and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies, it must be applied to the entire student enrollment in the course or section. This applies to those 800- or 900-level courses eligible for the S grade (or its alternative of F) as well as to Continuing Education, institute, and workshop courses.
The Credit/No Credit option is not authorized for graduate students’ enrollments, including, but not limited to, courses taken to fulfill the research skills requirements, undergraduate deficiencies, etc.
All master’s and doctoral students must maintain a B average to retain good academic standing. Courses graded less than C may not be counted for graduate credit.
Performance is graded Honors, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory for the following examinations:
As indicated in the Academic Catalog, upon falling below a cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of B, computed with the inclusion of grades earned at the University of Kansas for all courses acceptable for graduate credit, the student is placed on probation by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The grades of P, S, U, and I, for which no numerical equivalents are defined, are excluded from the computation. If the student’s overall graduate average has been raised to B by the end of the next semester of enrollment after being placed on probation, the student may be returned to regular status. If not, the student will not be permitted to re-enroll in graduate work unless the Dean of Graduate Studies acts favorably on a departmental recommendation for the student to continue study.
If admitted provisionally due to grades, a student must earn an overall graduate average
of at least B during the first semester of enrollment (in which case
the student is considered to have achieved regular status) to be permitted
to re-enroll. A student admitted provisonally who fails to earn a B
average in the first semester is not permitted to re-enroll. When the
particular circumstances are deemed to justify continuation, and upon
the recommendation of the department or program, such a student may
be continued provisionally by the Dean of Graduate Studies for one additional
semester equivalent of full-time graduate study.
As indicated in the Academic Catalog, the following conditions must be met to receive graduate credit for work satisfactorily completed at the University of Kansas:
As indicated in the Academic Catalog, a doctoral student may petition the Dean of Graduate
Studies through the department for a leave of absence (LOA) during either
the pre- or post-comprehensive period to pursue full time professional
activities related to the doctoral program and long-range professional
goals. Leaves of absence also may be granted because of illness or other
emergency. Ordinarily a leave of absence is granted for one year with
the possibility of extension upon request. After an absence of five
years, a doctoral aspirant or candidate loses status as such and must
apply for readmission to the program and Graduate Studies.
The following check list should be accomplished when considering a LOA:
Master's and Doctoral Degree Requirements may be found in the Academic Catalog.
When a thesis or dissertation is required for completion of degree requirements, all related information for formatting and filing the thesis or dissertation can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
Also available at this link is a Graduation Checklist, a useful resource
for the student's final semester.
As indicated in the Academic Catalog, a graduate student who believes herself or himself unfairly or unlawfully treated in an alleged academic matter may present a grievance to the academic department or appropriate Program Chairperson. Each academic unit, all Graduate Divisions, and the College have established grievance policies and procedures. Appeal of a grievance heard at one of these levels is made to the Judicial Board. Graduate Studies has established a set of guidelines for graduate student petitions in certain categories that may not be under the jurisdiction of other hearing bodies. The Executive Committee of the Graduate Council has identified two categories as the purview of Graduate Studies:
For disputes involving alleged academic misconduct or alleged violations of student rights, the initial hearing normally is held at the unit level. There is an option to hold an initial hearing at the Judicial Board level if both parties agree, or if either party petitions the Judicial Board chair to hold the hearing at the Judicial Board level and the petition is granted. The petition must state why a fair hearing cannot be obtained at the unit level; the opposing party has an opportunity to respond to the petition.
Concerns regarding illegal discrimination or harassment should be reported to the Equal Opportunity Office; concerns regarding scientific misconduct should be reported to the Dean of Graduate Studies. If there is a question as to which procedure is appropriate, this decision will be made by the student and the Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Department or Program Chair.
Any grievance should be heard at the level appropriate to a consideration of the issues. The grievance procedure may not be used as an appeal for a grade. Grades should be appealed at the department level. Committees established at the department, program or school level to hear grievances proceed in accordance with their own specific procedures and make recommendations to the appropriate administrative officers as provided in those procedures. Appeals from the decision of a department or program must be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
The appellate process is designed to ensure that due process has been
afforded an individual in the initial hearing. The Dean of Graduate
Studies will appoint the committee Chair from the membership of the
KUMC Graduate Council. Two other members will be selected by the Chair
from the Graduate Council and one other graduate faculty member selected
by the student complainant and a second graduate faculty member selected
by the accused. The selection of these faculty members shall be acceptable
to both parties. A student member will be selected by the President
of the Graduate Student Council. Care should be taken to ensure that
none of the members have a conflict of interest in this case. This committee
will examine all pertinent documents including student records and interview
the parties directly involved in the complaint as well as other parties
deemed necessary. Minutes of testimony will be made available to both
the complainant and accused parties after the hearing is completed.
It is essential that all parties retain confidentiality of information
gained through the hearing process. Both parties will be provided an
opportunity to respond to the minutes in writing before the committee's
final recommendation is forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies who
will make the final determination. The documents provided to the grievance
committee will be retained in the Office of Graduate Studies for a period
of three years, after which time they will be destroyed. There is no
I. Expectations for Conduct by a Graduate Student:
One goal shared by the graduate programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to provide a seminal educational environment in which a student can master a special field of knowledge and strive to develop competence in independent scholarship and research, in order to make original contributions to knowledge. In achieving that goal, there is an expectation by the University of Kansas Medical Center that the graduate faculty and their students will conduct themselves with high integrity and professional ethics. Such conduct by a graduate student must include adherence to the written and observed or taught guidelines for ethical standards of the profession for which the student is seeking to enter. A graduate student is responsible for informing himself/ herself about these requirements and expectations of conduct as well as seeking answers to his/ her own questions about what constitutes misconduct. Potential sources for this information include the:
Academic misconduct by a student shall include, but not be limited to: cheating on examinations whether by a student on his/ her own behalf or by giving to another student or receiving from another student unauthorized aid on examinations; giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in the preparation of notebooks, themes, reports, or other types of assignments, or in the preparation of master's theses and/ or doctoral dissertations; or knowingly misrepresenting the source of any academic work, falsification of research results, plagiarizing of another's work, violation of regulations, ethical or professional codes for the treatment of humans and animals, or otherwise acting dishonestly.
II. Decisions by a Faculty Member Relative to Academic Misconduct:
III. Procedural Information for and Investigative Hearing Process:
A. Definitions of Terms Hereafter Applied in these Guidelines:
B. Inquiry Report by the Faculty Member is Sent to the Chairperson: Following the decision by The Faculty Member in Section III. B., above, and with due notice to The Student, The Faculty Member shall submit a detailed written report about the allegation (hereafter called the Inquiry Report) to the Chairperson. The Inquiry Report shall be submitted within twenty (20) days of the discovery of the alleged occurrence of misconduct. The Chairperson shall, within 15 days of receiving the Inquiry Report, review the report and attempt to resolve the allegation through consultation and mediation with the involved persons. If the Chairperson determines that the allegation should be resolved through the investigative Hearing Process, then the Chairperson shall continue the procedure outlined hereafter in these Guidelines. Written notice shall be sent to The Student (see Section IV. D., below) and to the Faculty Member (including a request for the Faculty Member to respond, within 10 days of receipt of the notice, with his/ her selection of a faculty member to serve on the Hearing Panel; see Section IV. E. 2., below).
C. Notification of the Dean of Graduate Studies: The Chairperson shall send a written notification to the Dean of Graduate Studies that an investigative Hearing Process for alleged academic misconduct by The Student is going to be initiated. The Chairperson's notification shall include copies of The Faculty Member's Inquiry Report of the alleged misconduct and all written communications up to this time with The Student.
D. Notification About the Allegation to the Student: A written notification of the specific allegation shall be sent (certified or registered letter with return receipt requested indicating the date of receipt) to The Student by The Chairperson within fifteen (15) days after the time The Chairperson receives the Faculty Member's Inquiry Report. A copy of this notification shall be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The notice shall include:
E. Selection of Members for the Hearing Panel: The Hearing Panel shall be composed of four (4) members of the graduate faculty (voting members of the Panel), excluding The Faculty Member initiating the allegation of misconduct (See Section IV. A. 4., above) and excluding the chairperson of the department in which The Student named in the allegation is a graduate student member, and one (1) graduate student (voting member of the Panel), excluding The Student who is the subject of the allegation. One of the graduate faculty members of the Panel will be designated by The Chairperson as the "Hearing Officer" in charge of the Hearing Panel. Any member of the Hearing Panel who perceives that there is any irregularity in the proceedings of the Hearing process has the responsibility of PROMPTLY reporting this to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Selection of the Hearing Panel shall include at least one but no more than two faculty members from the Involved Department in the allegation and shall be done as follows:
F. Scheduling the Hearing: The Hearing Officer shall, within five (5) days of the selection of members of the Hearing Panel, (1) schedule the day, time and place for the Hearing to occur (which shall be sometime between 20 and 30 days after the selection of the Hearing Panel), and (2) provide written notice of this schedule to The Faculty Member, The Student, The Chairperson, and The Dean of Graduate Studies. Both The Student and The Faculty Member shall be informed with this scheduling notification that during the Hearing each:
G. Documents, Representatives & Witnesses for the Hearing: All information cited below shall be promptly sent to (see time deadlines indicated in this Section) or collected by the Hearing Officer, who shall promptly distribute copies of the information to The Student, The Faculty Member, and the rest of the Hearing Panel members.
H. Conducting the Hearing: The Hearing Officer of the Hearing Panel may establish procedures in addition to those listed, however, the basic requirements of the Hearing procedure as listed here may not be altered by the Hearing Officer:
I. Findings of the Hearing Panel and Recommendation Carried Forward:
J. Notifications Consequent to the Hearing Process:
IV. Sanctions that may be Imposed for Academic Misconduct:
The question of integrity in scientific research is one which has received considerable attention not only in academic circles but also in the news media. A few serious cases of fraud have recently made all of us in higher education especially sensitive to our vulnerability on this issue. These cases, largely in the sciences, have often come to light when attempts to replicate some of the work have failed. In the social sciences and to a larger degree the humanities a second problem, that of plagiarism, assumes greater prominence. A third area is that of cheating, which in the case of a qualifying examinations pertains only to graduate students. A fourth, often a murky area in which the integrity of graduate study is open to criticism, involves abuses of confidentiality. And finally, a fifth area is that in which conflicts of interest arise in relationships between faculty members and students. Although the ethical decisions involved in maintaining integrity in their work may seem very clear to some graduate students, they may not appear to be so clear to others, and some possibly very few, may not even be aware that there is a potential for problems with integrity in research. For these reasons and to help its constituent units in the event that fraud, plagiarism, cheating, abuses of confidentiality, or conflict of interest should arise, these guidelines have been prepared.
Fraud usually involves the student's intentional and deliberate misuse of data in order to draw conclusions that may not be warranted by the evidence. Falsification of results generally takes one of two forms:
Unlike fraud, which is usually the deliberate creation of false data, plagiarism is the use of another's words, ideas, or creative productions which are then passed off as one's own without proper attribution (not giving due credit to the original source). Flagrant cases of plagiarism, which like fraud fortunately occur seldom, may involve the extensive use of others' articles, books, or creative productions with perhaps only slight modifications. The penalties here are usually very severe for the student and would likely result in expulsion from the degree program and Graduate Studies or, if a degree has already been earned, rescinding of that degree.
Less extensive cases of plagiarism can be either intentional or unintentional (just plain carelessness or ignorance of the commonly accepted rules). In general, one must cite one's authorities in the text or, more commonly, in the footnotes and use either direct quotations or skillful paraphrasing, with citations, for all ideas that are not one's own. Since much of the basic information about our disciplines comes from outside ourselves through a variety of sources common to all who work in a discipline, it is of course unnecessary to footnote those facts and ideas which are, so to speak, in the common domain of that discipline. Otherwise, we would be footnoting everything we know. But an intimate familiarity with the literature of the discipline, or a subdiscipline thereof, lets one know when the distinctive words or ideas of another researcher should be given proper attribution.
The fairly common practice among natural scientists of citing the previous significant literature relating to the subjects of their articles or books serves as something of a safeguard against plagiarism which is frequently not present in some social sciences and most arts and humanities disciplines. Every graduate student who works with graduate faculty should have a comprehensive knowledge of what constitutes plagiarism. Ignorance of the concept of plagiarism on the part of the student is no excuse for resorting to it at the graduate level, if indeed ignorance is an excuse at the undergraduate level. Graduate students, if in any doubt about the concept, should discuss plagiarism with faculty members. And students should expect faculty members and departments to demand that they know what constitutes plagiarism.
There are problems, however, not always associated with traditional perceptions of plagiarism. One of these is the danger, when borrowing from the works of others, of quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing the material in such a way as to misrepresent what the author is trying to say. A second problem arises when a student is overly dependent on the work of another, even if the other is cited meticulously. Still another problem is plagiarizing oneself by submitting the same data for findings in more than one article. And, finally, there is the problem of a graduate student's findings being used by his or her mentor without proper attribution to the student either in the article or book, indeed of not giving credit for joint or co-authorship in articles or books where a substantial amount of the work is done by the student. The student should discuss any perceived problem of this nature with the faculty member involved, the head of the department, or if need be, the Dean of the Graduate Studies.
In nearly all of these instances of plagiarism, or variations thereon, the best preventive is the example set by the faculty advisor and the rest of the academic community who are sensitive to all of the nuances. Again, as with cases of fraud, the University should handle any suspicion of plagiarism in accordance with procedures used for cases involving alleged fraud and misconduct.
Cheating at the graduate level may not differ morally from the same action on the undergraduate level, but many find cheating at the graduate level more reprehensible and the consequences, understandably, more serious. Academic dishonesty in one whose presence in graduate school declares he or she has opted for the intellectual life is a serious matter indeed. While cheating in the classroom is covered by regulations from other parts of the university, cheating on qualifying or preliminary examinations is not. At the very least such dishonesty, once proven, should result in failure of the examination. Refer to Section Misconduct of this handbook for guidelines and sanctions.
V. Abuses of Confidentiality
Abuses of confidentiality by graduate students can take various forms. One example is that in which students have access to data or unpublished papers--or, in the case of natural scientists, grant proposals--of other graduate students or faculty members which they then use inn their own research without permission, even though proper attribution may be made. By extension such an abuse of confidentiality would include the adaptation into one's own research of a thesis or dissertation proposal that one has opportunity to read. Yet another example of the abuse of confidentiality --often in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences--is that in which the graduate student gains archival or library materials about living or recently living subjects and uses them in her or her research without permission from the library or archive or in some cases from the individual. A biological and medical science student also must address himself or herself to the issue of research on live subjects.
In some ways confidentiality is one of the forms of integrity which is relatively easy to abuse and relatively difficulty to detect. Once again, as with fraud and plagiarism, following the example set by the graduate student's mentor and that of the rest of the academic community is the most likely mode for prevention.
VI. Conflicts of Interest
Genuine conflicts of interest between graduate students and faculty members can arise in a variety of ways. As continuing formal education becomes more common and as academics begin to become involved in the world of business, the possibility of a business relationship between student and teacher becomes greater. Another kind of conflict of interest that may arise is through nepotism, that is, when a person serves in an administrative or supervisory relationship to those who are related to him or her by blood or marriage. Most universities have rules which try to regulate professional relationships in such cases. Many faculty members are reluctant to have their own sons, daughters, or spouses take their courses for credit on the grounds that such students may be perceived by others to have an unfair advantage. A business relationship, including a consulting one, must evoke the same kind of caution.
Similarly, a student should not date an instructor while the student is enrolled in the instructor's course. And, of course, it goes without saying that a student should not ask any instructor to serve as his or her thesis or dissertation director (or research committee member) if the student is having or has had either an intimate personal relationships, a family relationship, or a business relationship with that instructor. If such a relationship should develop after a professional one has been established, the student should expect the instructor to remove himself or herself from the professional role. Such a relationship, whether between a graduate student and a faculty member or between a graduate student acting as an instructor and an undergraduate, constitutes a potential conflict of interest, especially as perceived by other students and faculty members, and therefore, should be scrupulously avoided. This is not intended to affect the normal and expected mentorship which should include both personal and intellectual advising. (adapted from guidelines developed by the Graduate School at Indiana University)
Related policies are posted on the KUMC Research Institute, Inc. website or contact the Research Institute at 913-588-1261.
Graduate Studies has available a limited number of stipend or fellowship awards designed to recognize academic excellence and to assist students toward completion of their degree programs. Details on these awards can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies. Also, there are competitive scholarships for those students enrolled in the M.D./ Ph.D. program.
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) may be available through the departments. GTAs receive a stipend and tuition benefits, including a 100% tuition waiver for 40% FTE or greater. Students appointed as a GTA must be enrolled in Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center and classified as a "regular" graduate student. Usually, the appointments are for one-half time service (50% FTE) and the stipends vary. If the GTA appointment ends or is found invalid before the last day of the applicable term, tuition will be reassessed for the entire term. The Office of Graduate Studies maintains detailed information regarding GTA appointments on its website.
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are available to graduate students through grants from federal and private agencies and from state-appropriated research funds. For information regarding opportunities, students should contact the major department directly. GRAs receive a stipend from the grant (stipends vary) and if appointed at 40% FTE or greater, the GRA is assessed the resident rate for tuition if a non-resident. If the GRA appointment ends or is found invalid before the last day of the applicable term, tuition for the entire term will be reassessed if received the resident rate as a non-resident. The Office of Graduate Studies maintains detailed information regarding GRA appointments on its website.
Research Travel Award
A limited number of travel scholarships for graduate students to attend regional and national scientific meetings are competitively awarded four times a year. These awards may be a maximum of $550. Deadline: The first working day of the following months: January, April, July and October. The Office of Graduate Studies maintains detailed information regarding travel awards on its website.
Student Union Corporation Travel Award
A limited number of travel scholarships for graduate students to attend conferences and professional meetings are competitively awarded four times a year. Unlike the Research Travel Award described above, students need not be presenting at these meetings in order to receive funds. These awards may be a maximum of $400. Deadline: The first working day of the following months: February, May, August and November. Funds for these awards are made available by the generous support of the Student Union Corporation. The Office of Graduate Studies maintains detailed information regarding travel awards on its website .
The Graduate Student Council (GSC), formed in 1969, is composed of student representatives from all graduate programs on the Kansas City campus. All KUMC graduate students are eligible to become members of the GSC. The GSC and the Office of Graduate Studies sponsors the KUMC Student Research Forum which includes students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. At the Forum, students give presentations of their research in the format of national research meetings. The presentations are judged by faculty researchers and awards are presented to students. GSC sponsors annual events providing the opportunity for students to interact in an informal, social setting. An orientation for incoming graduate students is conducted by the GSC. The GSC also lobbies for student interests on the Kansas City campus, and GSC members serve on university-wide committees concerning the Medical Center. The GSC maintains a website with detailed information about their organization.