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Last Updated 2012-06-08

Computer Science MS



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Introduction

The Master of Science in Computer Science program provides students with an in-depth education geared toward meeting the needs of business and industry in Florida and throughout the United States, as well as preparing students for higher level graduate studies and research. The program’s goal is to produce graduates with a high level of competency in understanding, applying, and enunciating the modern concepts, principles, methods, and theories necessary for the design and implementation of computing systems.

Students in the program receive a broad background in the areas of programming systems and languages, computer architecture, and computer science theory while specializing in a research area in either applied or theoretical computer science. Students successfully completing this program will have exhibited breadth as well as depth of capability involving both theoretical aspects of computer science and practical considerations of computing.

Please visit the Master of Science in Computer Science program for detailed description of degree requirements. A current list of CS courses can be found at Graduate CS Courses. Typically, students can begin registering for Summer, Fall, and Spring of the following year in mid-late March. See UCF Registration Practices to get an idea of how to do this. In all programs, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in all coursework taken since admission into the program.

Master's students may choose one of two options – the thesis option or the non-thesis option. Both are 30-semester-hour programs. The latter requires slightly more coursework and, of course, does not require that a thesis be written. MS non-thesis option students must complete a culminating experience in the form of a portfolio as specified by the program’s graduate committee. Students must receive a 3.0 GPA or higher in all courses.

MS Degree

  1. At least 30 semester hours of credit at the 5000-6000 level. At least half of these must be at the 6000 level, and under no circumstances can they contain undergraduate credit. Up to 6 credit hours of approved independent study (XXX 6908) or directed research (XXX 6918) may be counted toward degree requirements for the non-thesis option.

  2. Any approved pair of Computer Science courses from a single research area that includes at least one 6000-level course (6 credit hours). See Graduate Catalog for examples of approved pairs (Note that these are only examples.)

  3. CDA 5106 and COT 5405, both with a grade of B (3.0) or better.

  4. At most 6 credit hours of non-Computer Science coursework. Students must obtain approval prior to taking outside courses.

  5. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in Computer Science must demonstrate an understanding of the material covered in certain upper-division undergraduate courses. See Graduate Catalog for specific courses.

  6. Students must have an academic adviser appointed and an official plan of study submitted before completing 9 credit hours of course work. This requirement for a completed plan of study is strictly enforced. For students in non-thesis option, the academic advisor is by default the program Graduate Coordinator. For thesis students, the thesis research advisor is also the academic advisor.

  7. The thesis option requires 6 credit hours of required core courses, minimum 6 credit hours of approved pair of Computer Science courses from a single research area, 12 credit hours of electives (exclusive of independent study and directed research), and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis research (XXX 6971).

  8. The non-thesis option requires 6 credit hours of required core courses, minimum 6 credit hours of approved pair of Computer Science courses from a single research area, and 18 credit hours of electives, with a possibility of 6 credit hours of independent study or directed research (e.g., XXX 6908 or XXX 6918) if so desired by the student. Students must also complete a culminating experience in the for of a portfolio as specified by the program’s graduate committee.

Curriculum

The Computer Science MS program offers both a thesis and nonthesis option with each option requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least half of these hours must be at the 6000 level. Both options require 12 credit hours of required core courses and thesis students must take 12 credit hours of electives and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis. Nonthesis students must take 18 credit hours of electives and complete a culminating experience as determined by the program’s graduate committee. Students must receive a 3.0 GPA or higher in all courses.

Prerequisites

An undergraduate degree in Computer Science is desirable but not required. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in Computer Science must demonstrate an understanding of the material covered in the following upper-division undergraduate courses:

  • EEL 4768C Computer Architecture
  • COP 4020 Programming Languages I
  • COP 4600 Operating Systems
  • COT 4210 Discrete Computational Structures

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • CDA 5106 Advanced Computer Architecture I (3 credit hours)
  • COT 5405 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 credit hours)
  • Any approved pair of Computer Science courses from a single research area that includes at least one 6000-level course (6 credit hours)

Examples of approved pairs include (but not limited to):

  • Operating Systems (OS) area (COP 5611 and COP 6614)
  • Computer Graphics area (CAP 5725 and CAP 6701)
  • Machine Learning area (CAP 5610 or CAP 5512 and CAP 6616 or CAP 6545)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) area (CAP 5636 and CAP 6640 or CAP 6676)
  • Computer Vision area (CAP 5415 and CAP 6411 or CAP 6412 or CAP 6419 or CAP 6835)
  • Parallel Architecture area (CDA 5110 and CDA 6107)
  • Network area (CNT 5008 and CNT 6707)
  • Software Engineering area (CEN 5016 and CEN 6081)
  • Database area (COP 5711 and COP 6731), etc.

The above list is only meant to provide some examples and is not comprehensive.

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, are required to complete 12 credit hours of electives that are selected after consultation with the student's adviser. 

  • Electives (12 credit hours)

At least half of the credit hours of both thesis and nonthesis students must be at the 6000 level. Furthermore, at least two 6000-level Computer Science formal courses (6 credit hours) must be taught by EECS faculty, exclusive of independent study and directed research and a total of 24 credit hours of formal courses must be earned exclusive of thesis. Approval may be granted for no more than 6 credit hours of electives to be taken outside of Computer Science, and such approval must occur prior to taking these outside courses.

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • XXX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours; prefix determined by disciplinary area of your thesis adviser, e.g., CAP, CDA, CEN, COP or COT 6971)

Six credits of thesis are required with the professor who directs the student's thesis. The thesis experience is expected to span two semesters. Thesis students who are full-time must continue to enroll in 3 credit hours of thesis course work until the thesis requirement is satisfied, even if it goes beyond the minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis. Students are required to prepare and defend a formal thesis in accordance with university requirements. 

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

The nonthesis option requires at least 6 additional credit hours of electives beyond the 12 credit hours of electives described above. 

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

In addition, nonthesis students are required to engage in a culminating experience as determined by the program’s graduate committee. Students in the nonthesis option may not take more than 6 credit hours of independent study (6908) and/or directed research (XXX 6918).

Equipment Fee

Students in the Computer Science MS program pay a $34 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Accelerated BS to MS



Up to 12 credit hours of 5000- and 6000-level courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better may be counted toward the accelerated BS to MS program. Two additional requirements for the students in this program are: 

  • Students must earn at least a "B" (3.0) in each undergraduate- or graduate-level course counted for the program.
  • Students must opt for this program no later than the beginning of their junior year. 

Undergraduate Requirements

See the current version of the Undergraduate Catalog and the College of Engineering and Computer Science website for additional requirements for accelerated programs.

Graduate Requirements

For the thesis option, students must take at least 18 credit hours beyond the 12 credit hours counted toward the undergraduate degree and include 6 credit hours of thesis. For both the thesis and nonthesis options, the 18 credit hours need to include 

  • CDA 5106 and COT 5405, both with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better (6 credit hours)
  • Any approved pair of Computer Science courses (a 5000/6000 pair) in a single area of discourse, both with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better (6 credit hours) 

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is an agreement between the student, the program and the University that lists the coursework taken to satisfy the requirements for completing the degree. The Plan of Study for student is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college and department requirements. 

All graduate students must have a Plan of Study on file, approved by the adviser and graduate coordinator, by the completion of 9 credit hours after entering the program. The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a "hold" on future registration for noncompliance. The default adviser for nonthesis MS students is the Graduate Coordinator.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Computer Science MS program pay a $34 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17 per semester. 


Timeline for Completion

Students must follow a prescribed, yet flexible path, achieving milestones along the way. Although there is no guarantee that each student will be able to complete all the requirements, if a student is hard working and diligent, and is a full-time graduate student, he or she should be able to complete a master’s program within 1 to 2 years. For nonthesis master’s students who are working full-time and going to school part-time, it may take 3 to 5 years to earn the degree.

Advising/Mentoring

Advising and mentoring are two very important elements in a graduate student’s career. Upon acceptance into the CS program, graduate students are assigned an academic adviser. This person advises the student on course selections during the early stages of the student’s graduate career. For thesis option MS students, the academic adviser needs to be rapidly replaced by a research adviser who serves as course adviser and research mentor. The research adviser may or may not be the person initially assigned as academic adviser, depending primarily on the research path the student chooses.

The student/research adviser relationship is not irrevocable for either the student or the faculty member. The most common reason for change is incompatibility of research agendas between the adviser and the student. For this reason, students should not only talk to potential advisers, but also to students already in the adviser’s research group to learn first-hand the dynamics of the group and the expectations of students in the group. While changes are natural and acceptable, we highly discourage students to jump from one adviser to another, especially when there is financial support involved. Moreover, when a student starts a research project with an adviser, that student has a professional obligation to complete the agreed-upon research tasks to the best of his or her capabilities, leaving everything in a state that makes it easy for another student to continue the work. Additionally, the student has a moral obligation to not use the unpublished research results of one adviser’s group when moving to another group, unless that is agreed upon by the first adviser. Of course, this does not preclude use of published results or of general knowledge gained in the research area and its accepted practices, results and tools.

Roles and Responsibilities

Faculty Adviser
  • The adviser helps the student select which courses to take.

  • The adviser (in consultation with the student) develops the student’s plan of study.

  • The adviser directs the student’s research.

  • For MS thesis option, the adviser reviews and approves the student’s thesis.

  • The adviser often provides financial support for the student (based on a research grant).

Student
  • The student takes coursework as required, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • The student maintains a full course load and works diligently to complete all requirements in a timely manner.

  • The student (in consultation with the faculty adviser) develops a plan of study prior to completing the first 9 hours of coursework.

  • The student identifies (in consultation with the faculty adviser) a suitable research topic.

  • The student works in the lab or field or other venue as needed to complete his or her research.

  • The student is responsible for knowing and meeting all university deadlines, rules, and regulations – see the section titled Student Responsibilities in the Graduate Catalog.

  • If a student wants to change faculty advisers, the student should discuss the situation with his or her current faculty adviser first, and then request the change through the graduate coordinator. The change must be approved by the current faculty adviser, the new faculty adviser, and the graduate coordinator.

Plan of Study (POS)

The Plan of Study (POS), sometimes referred to as the Plan of Study, is an agreement between the student and the program, listing requirements for completing the degree. All CS graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study (POS) developed by the student and his/her adviser that lists the specific courses to be taken as part of the degree. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in his or her POS, as well as in all coursework taken since entering the program.

No coursework can appear on a POS that is more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

The POS must be filed prior to the completion of 9 credit hours after admission to the program. This is mandatory. The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a "hold" on future registration for noncompliance. The POS can, and usually will, be revised later to reflect changes in the courses actually taken, but it is crucial that a POS be on file, signed by the student and the faculty adviser, and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Any variation from the current POS must be approved by research adviser and Graduate Program Coordinator and then immediately reflected in an updated POS.

The POS for students is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college, and department rules for minimum number of hours, etc. (see Program Requirements, above).

A student should periodically review his/her GPS report (Degree Audit) to track the ‘official’ progress towards his/her degree. Visit my.ucf.edu, and from your home page choose the Graduate Plan of Study under the "Degree Audit” section on the lower right hand corner of the page.

Transfer of Credit

MS students, with the approval of their adviser and the graduate coordinator, can transfer up to 9 credit hours, of B grade (3.0) or better, in graduate coursework (no Independent Study/Thesis credit) from another program at UCF or from an regionally accredited institution. This must appear on the initial POS submitted by the student within their first 9 credit hours in the CS graduate program.

In no case can courses with a grade below a B (3.0) be transferred, nor can undergraduate credit.

Course Schedule

A typical MS degree program (nonthesis):

Year 1

FallSpring
  • CDA 5106 Advanced Computer Architecture
  • COT 5405 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • CAP 5636 Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • CAP 5610 Machine Learning
  • CAP 6640 Computer Understanding Natural Language
  • COP 5021 Program Analysis
Semester Total: 9 credit hours    Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Year 2

FallSpring
  • COP 6621 Compiler Construction
  • CAP 6938 Independent Study
  • CAP 6671 Intelligent Systems
  • CAP 6938 Independent Study

Semester Total: 6 credit hoursSemester Total: 6 credit hours


Thesis Requirements

The thesis is the culminating or comprehensive experience for those who conduct an original research study as part of a thesis-option program. An oral defense of the thesis is required. The approved thesis must be written and prepared in accordance with program, college, and university requirements. The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date. A final electronic copy of the thesis must be submitted to the UCF College of Graduate Studies by the dates shown in the Academic Calendar.

University Thesis Requirements

A thesis is optional for this program; the following information is intended for those choosing to complete a thesis.

The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for thesis formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.

All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.

The following requirements must be met by thesis students in their final term:

  • Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
  • Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
  • Defend by the defense deadline
  • Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
  • Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
  • Submit final thesis document by final submission deadline

Students must format their thesis according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Thesis Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.

The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the thesis process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.

The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at editor@ucf.edu.

Thesis Enrollment

Six credits of thesis are required and up to 3 credit hours of independent study (XXX 6908) are allowed with the professor who directs the student's thesis. However no more than 6 credit hours of independent study (XXX 6908) and/or other nonthesis research courses are allowed to count in the plan of study. The thesis experience is expected to span two semesters. Thesis students who are full-time must continue to enroll in 3 credit hours of thesis course work until the thesis requirement is satisfied, even if it goes beyond the minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis.

Thesis Advisory Committee Membership

A student writing a thesis must have a Thesis Advisory Committee consisting of at least three members who are approved members of the Graduate Faculty or Graduate Faculty Scholars (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/gradfaculty). To learn more about committee membership eligibility and responsibilities, please contact your program advisor or visit the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Research

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g., surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.

Department Research

Research interests of the computer science faculty include bioinformatics, computational biology, computer and network security, computer architecture, computer forensics, computer graphics, computer networks, image and video processing/analysis, computer vision, cryptography, data compression, database management systems, data mining, data analytics, design and analysis of algorithms, evolutionary computation, genetic algorithms, graph theory, hardware/software co-design, machine learning, mixed and virtual reality, mobile computing, modeling and simulation, multimedia systems, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, neural networks, parallel and distributed processing, performance evaluation, programming languages, quantum computing, semantic web, software agents, robotics, software engineering, and VLSI systems. Visit the “Research” and the “Industry” sections, as well as individual faculty member's web sites under "People" in the Computer Science Division's web site for additional information.

Financial Support

Financial support is a major concern for graduate students, especially since many rely on financial support from the university to pursue graduate study. In combination, the college, the university, and the department provide financial assistance to graduate students in several ways:

  1. Fellowships and Scholarships - Available to academically outstanding students.

  2. Graduate Teaching Assistantships – GTAs are available for grading, recitation instruction, or laboratory teaching.

  3. Graduate Research Assistantships – GRAs (for participating in sponsored faculty directed research) are available depending on the current funding levels of the faculty.

Graduate students may also receive financial assistance through loans. For more information, see UCF Financial Information, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The UCF Student Financial Assistance section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Funding Requirements 

  • All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Plan of Study, as well as over all courses taken since entering the program. They must not receive more than two grades below B (3.0), and those must be balanced to maintain the 3.0 overall. Students on assistantship agreements are expected to work 10 to 20 hours per week on their assigned tasks (whether it be grading, teaching, or research), while they are maintaining satisfactory progress in completing their academic courses. Note that satisfactory progress for a supported student is not the same as maintaining the minimum grades, or just barely performing at research. Financial support is a privilege not a right.

  • Students must meet their obligations and maintain satisfactory work as defined by their supervisor to continue to receive financial support. Also, students must register for the proper number of credit hours in a timely manner to allow the processing of tuition waivers.

  • The duration of financial support may vary from one semester to another.

  • Mandatory training requirements must be met for a student to be hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Grader. The training, offered by UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, covers course design, learning theories, ethics, and other topics relevant to preparing GTAs for their responsibilities. See www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/Graduate_Teaching/ for training requirements and registration instructions.

  • Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The SPEAK test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187). Additional information including how to register for the test can be accessed through the GTA Information section of the College of Graduate Studies student website.

  • International students are expected to be here as full-time students, and may not work off campus except under certain strict conditions. For information about the types of employment available to international students and the requirements and restrictions based on visa type, see the International Services Center’s website: www.intl.ucf.edu> Students > Employment.

Graduate Student Associations

EECS Student Organizations

The oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society is the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) which offers student memberships for $19 per year. The local chapter is at UCF ACM Chapter. Female students in our school have formed Women in EECS/WIE and host many activities important to women in a scientific and technical area, including an active mentoring program. Membership is free.

Other EECS Student Organizations:

The Graduate Student Association (GSA)

GSA is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see your program adviser.

Professional Development

A graduate student’s professional development goes beyond completing course work, passing exams, conducting research for a thesis or dissertation, and meeting degree requirements. Professional development also involves developing the academic and nonacademic skills needed to become successful in the field of choice.

  • UCF has an active professional development program for graduate students, including the Professoriate Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), the GTA Certificate Program, sponsored by FCTL, the Pathways to Success Workshops, the Graduate Research forum, sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies, and special award recognitions such as the Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, the Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis, and the Award for the Innovative Thesis or Dissertation (see below for additional information). 

  • The university has active student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery and the IEEE. The cost for student membership in the national organizations is subsidized by professional memberships. This is a “bargain” that no student should pass up. 

  • Computer Science sponsors regular colloquia talks by leading researchers in the discipline. All students are strongly encouraged to attend as many as feasible within the constraints of their courses and other academic obligations. 

  • Various research groups hold their own seminars in which students present their research in front of other members of their research group.

  • Students are expected to publish the results of their research.

  • Graduate students in CS are encouraged to present papers at conferences. Often their faculty mentor will be able to fund one or more such opportunities. The School of EECS, the College of Graduate Studies and the Student Government Association are other sources of such support. To review the College of Graduate Studies award requirements and apply online, see www.graduate.ucf.edu > Graduate Travel Awards.

  • Graduate students in CS are also encouraged to participate in summer research internships when this is compatible with their research agendas – see your research adviser for more information and guidelines.

Instructor Training and Development

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
    This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.

Graduate Research Forum

The Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines.

The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, contact researchweek@ucf.edu.  

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:  

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. The university award will be forwarded to a national-level competition sponsored by the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) when the thesis discipline corresponds to the annual submission request.

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies website www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.

Other

For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org/ > Awards.

For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.ucf.edu/gradwriting.php > Writing for Graduate School.

Job Search

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department maintains a website link designed to help students who have graduated from the Department of EECS to find jobs and help employers recruit students. Please visit the site to view current listings. If you have any questions, please contact industry@eecs.ucf.edu.

For additional employment resources, please see EECS Job Resource Center

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.

For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please contact the graduate program director or academic adviser.

Forms

  • College of Graduate Studies Forms
    A listing of forms and files for the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Petition Form
    When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
  • Traveling Scholar Form
    Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).

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