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Last Updated 2011-07-01

Materials Science and Engineering MSMSE



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

Course Requirements

The Materials Science and Engineering Masters program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program requires 15 hours of required courses exclusive of independent study and a minimum of 15 hours of elective course work. Within these 30 hours, 24 must be considered formal coursework.

EMA 6908 Independent Study is now considered “formal coursework”. A detailed (one page) syllabus must be submitted to the Academic Affairs office for the College of Engineering, ENG 1- Room 107, with the Special Registration Access Form. The CECS Academic Affairs Office has instituted an approval/review process for all Independent Study syllabi.

Unless a completed (signed) plan of study itemizing the study plan is approved prior to the end of the 9 credit hours (typically the first semester) of studies, the program coordinator may choose not to accept any part of the course work (including independent studies and/or directed research) taken by the student on a plan of study subsequently submitted by the student.

Materials Science and Engineering Program Policies

The primary objective of Masters work is to educate students to a point of excellence in conducting, disseminating, and applying scholarly research, with the explicit goal of making original, substantive contributions to their degree discipline. The advanced nature of Masters education requires student participation, debate, evaluation, and discussion of diverse ideas and approaches. Careful analysis, independent research, and greater understanding and application of ideas are also expected.

The Masters degree program requirements will consist of required and elective courses. It may also consist of seminars, directed research, independent study, and thesis research.

  • Each Masters plan of study will include a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the baccalaureate degree. These graduate credits must be taken as part of an approved graduate plan of study.
  • All graduate credit in a Masters program must be at 5000 level or higher.
  • At least one-half of the credit hours used to meet program requirements must be in 6000-level courses, including the allowed number of research and thesis hours.
  • Only graduate-level credit with a grade of "C-" or higher may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A university-wide minimum of at least 6 hours of thesis credits is required for all thesis Masters programs. Students choosing the non-thesis option must take EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE to establish their ability to integrate their learning and to demonstrate independent thinking. Alternatively, non-thesis student may take EMA 6918 Directed Research, in which case the instructor for that is required to provide a letter confirming the student’s integration of knowledge and independent thinking.

Curriculum

The Materials Science and Engineering MSMSE program offers both thesis and nonthesis options with each requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. In general, the program includes 12-15 credit hours of required courses with the remaining courses being electives except for at least six credit hours of thesis work for students in the thesis option.

The thesis option is primarily for those students who can devote a full-time effort to completing an independent research project that leads to a thesis.  A student pursuing the thesis option may not register for thesis credit hours until an advisory committee has been appointed and the committee has reviewed the program of study and the proposed thesis topic.

The nonthesis option is primarily designed for part-time and online students and requires 30 credit hours of course work. In addition, students pursuing the nonthesis option are required to take EML 6085 Research Methods in MAE or EMA 6918 Directed Research as part of their 30-credit-hour course requirement to demonstrate their ability to perform independently in research conditions. See the MSE program director for specific details.

All students are expected to identify an adviser and file an official degree program of study prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of study. All programs of study must consist of at least 24 credit hours of required and elective courses, exclusive of thesis and research. At least half of the credit hours in a program of study must be at the 6000 level. The appropriate program of study form can be found at the program website listed above and students should consult with the MSE program director for assistance in filling out the program of study form and approval. Substitutions to the program of study must meet with the approval of the adviser and the MSE program director.

A student with an undergraduate degree outside of the materials science and engineering discipline is required to satisfy an articulation program and may have to take additional prerequisite courses.

Prerequisites (or equivalent)

  • Mathematics through Differential Equations (MAP 2302 )
  • Structure and Properties of Materials (EGN 3365 )
  • Mechanics of Materials (EGN 3331) or Thermodynamics (EGN 3343 )
  • Experimental Techniques in Mechanics and Materials (EMA 3012C)

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

All students must take five required courses unless they hold a materials engineering undergraduate degree, in which case they may substitute an additional elective for EMA 5104.

  • EMA 5104 Intermediate Structure and Properties of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5106 Metallurgical Thermodynamics (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5317 Materials Kinetics (3 credit hours)

All students must take one of the two following pairs of required courses.

  • EMA 6126 Physical Metallurgy (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6626 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 credit hours)

Or

  • EMA 5060 Polymer Science and Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6319 Colloids and Interface Engineering (3 credit hours)

Students taking the courses in one required pair may also take the courses in the other required pair as electives.

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must take at least 9 credit hours of electives. Additional electives are listed below. Courses should be selected with faculty adviser approval.

  • EMA 5108 Surface Science (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5140 Introduction to Ceramic Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5504 Modern Characterization of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6130 Phase Transformation in Metals and Alloys (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6136 Diffusion in Solids (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5585 Materials Science of Thin Film (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6516 X-ray Diffraction and Crystallography (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5586 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5584 Biomaterials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6149 Imperfections in Crystals (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5505 Scanning Electron Microscopy (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5060 Polymer Science and Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6518 Transmission Electron Microscopy (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5705 High Temperature Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6605 Materials Processing Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5610 Laser Materials Processing (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6611 Optoelectronics Materials Processing (3 credit hours)
Electives Outside EMA Offerings
  • CHM 5450 Polymer Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5451C Techniques in Polymer Science (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5715C Materials Processing and Characterization Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6711 Materials Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5332C Thin Film Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5352C Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6326C MEMS Fabrication Laboratory (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5290 Introduction to MEMS and Micromachining (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5291 MEMS Materials (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5312 Fundamentals of Optical Science (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6432 Fundamentals of Photonics (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5140C Ion-Solid Interactions (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 7423 Physics of Nanostructures (3 credit hours)
  • PHZ 5405 Condensed Matter Physics (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Thesis students must complete an independent research project, and write and successfully defend their thesis that describes the project.

  • EMA 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students are required to demonstrate their ability to perform independently in research conditions by completing either EML 6085 or EMA/EML 6918. In addition, they must take another elective beyond the 9 credit hours of electives described above.  

  • EML 6085 Research Methods in MAE (3 credit hours) or EMA 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Equipment Fee

Students in the Materials Science and Engineering MSMSE program pay $17 per semester for equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8.50 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Accelerated BS to MSMSE

The BSME is awarded after completing university requirements for the degree, including 128 total credit hours and completing of 71 credit hours of engineering courses. The MSMSE is awarded upon completion of the master’s program. Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see engineering major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).

Up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level courses of grades “B” (3.0) or better may be counted toward the BS and MS degrees. Additional notes on the Accelerated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering are as follows:

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate engineering course for them to be counted toward the major.

Undergraduate Requirements

Please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about engineering programs.

Graduate Requirements

Please see the Materials Science and Engineering MSME program in the Graduate Catalog for additional information. 


Timeline for Completion

Optional Timeline for Students with Materials Background

1st Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • EMA 5106 Metallurgical Thermodynamics (3 hours)
  • EMA 6126 Physical Metallurgy (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)
  • EMA 6626 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 hours)
  • EMA 5317 Materials Kinetics (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)
  • Electives, optional
Semester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total:

2nd Year of Graduate Training

FallSpring
  • EMA 6058 Research Methods in MMAE or
    EMA 6918 Directed Research (Non-thesis Option) (3 hours)
  • EMA 6971 Thesis (3 hours)
  • Electives (3 hours)
  • Electives or EMA 6971 Thesis (3 hours)
Semester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total: 3 hours

Optional Timeline for Students without a Materials Background

1st Year of Graduate Training

FallSpringSummer
  • EMA 5104 Intermediate Structure and Properties of Materials (3 hours)
  • EMA 5106 Metallurgical Thermodynamics (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)
  • EMA 6626 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 hours)
  • EMA 5317 Materials Kinetics (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)
  • Electives, Optional
Semester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total:

2nd Year of Graduate Training

FallSpring
  • EMA 6126 Physical Metallurgy (3 hours)
  • EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE or EMA 6918 Directed Research (Non-thesis Option) (3 hours)
  • EMA 6871 Thesis (3 hours)
  • Electives or EMA 6971 Thesis (3 hours)
Semester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total: 3 credit hours

Thesis Requirements

A Masters student’s thesis may be among their biggest academic efforts that they ever make. It is highly recommended for a student to discuss format and content with their advisor, and to peruse other theses or dissertations before getting started.

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 Advisory Committee Membership (For Thesis Option)

Masters students must have a Thesis Advisory Committee prior to registering for Thesis hours. The Committee must consist of a minimum of three members: two must be faculty members of the graduate program faculty approved to direct thesis, one of whom is qualified to serve as Chair, and one must be at large from outside the degree program.

The “outside” faculty member of a committee must be approved by the Graduate College and these faculty are listed as either Full or Associate Graduate Faculty or as a Graduate Faculty Scholar in the Graduate Catalog. The committee Chair must be a member of the graduate faculty approved to direct thesis or dissertations for the MSE program. Adjunct faculty and off-campus experts that are Graduate Faculty Scholars may serve as the outside-the-program person in the committee. The College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to review appointments to advisory committees, place a representative on any advisory committee, or appoint a co-adviser. Associate and Full Graduate Faculty members must form the majority of any given committee. Additional information regarding the criteria for serving as a member, co-chair, or chair of a Dissertation Advisory Committee is provided in the updated Graduate Faculty policy.

Committee membership must be approved by the Program Coordinator and submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. All members must have expertise in fields related to the dissertation topic. The UCF College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to review appointments to a thesis advisory committee, place a representative on any thesis advisory committee, or appoint a co-chair. A student may request a change in membership of the thesis advisory committee with the approval of the program director and re-submission to the College of Graduate Studies.

In unusual cases, with approval from the department Chair, a professor may serve as a co-chair of a committee. Joint faculty members may serve as committee chairs, but off-campus experts and adjunct faculty may not serve as committee chairs.

All members vote on acceptance or rejection of the final thesis. The final thesis must be approved by a majority of the advisory committee.

Responsibilities of Members of Masters Advisory Committees

See Graduate Faculty policy.

Responsibilities of all members of Masters advisory committees

  1. To meet at regular intervals at least once per year to: (i) discuss and approve the proposed thesis research and the plans for carrying out research; and (ii) to assess progress toward the thesis and give the student a yearly letter of evaluation in addition to S/U grades awarded for 6971 courses.
  2. To review Turnitin.com results from thesis submittals.
  3. To participate in the thesis defense to assure: (i) that the dissertation is acceptable as original research and a contribution to the discipline; and (ii) that it meets the standards of the university. No fewer than three faculty members, including all members of the advisory committee, shall be present with the student during the examination. Only members of the advisory committee may sign the thesis, and a majority must approve of the thesis. The thesis defense must be conducted on campus, unless there is an accepted joint degree program with another university that specifies a different arrangement that has been approved by the university.

Responsibilities of the chair (and co-chair) of Masters advisory committees

  1. In cooperation with the program director, to review the plan of study, the research, and all other degree requirements by meeting with the student early in the program and immediately after appointment as chair/co-chair.
  2. To suggest to the student possible committee members who could serve on the advisory committee. To establish timelines for the research, set expectations, and evaluate the student progress based upon these.
  3. To meet at regular intervals with the student to discuss the proposed thesis research and the plans for carrying out research.
  4. To review in a timely manner all written materials submitted by students and offer suggested revisions.
  5. To meet once per year with the student and the thesis advisory committee to assess progress towards the thesis and give the student a yearly letter of evaluation in addition to S/U grades awarded for 7980 courses. The chair shall write this letter and send it to the program director and the College of Graduate Studies after consultation with the advisory committee.
  6. To coordinate the ongoing efforts of the committee as its chair, and to participate fully in the responsibilities of the committee members as a member of the advisory committee.
  7. To chair the thesis defense, ensure its proper conduct as described above, and submit to the program director for the student’s records all necessary grades, forms and other materials.

Responsibilities of the external committee member of a dissertation advisory committee

  1. External committee membership will entail the full responsibilities of other committee membership
  2. External committee members should bring specific disciplinary knowledge or research expertise to the committee.
  3. External committee members may be appointed from outside of the university or outside of the college (if the committee is for a college-wide program). The external committee member may not be affiliated in any way with the department of the committee, such as through joint or secondary joint appointments.
  4. External members must be approved as Graduate Faculty Scholars prior to inclusion in thesis advisory committee membership.

It is the responsibility of the student, with agreement from their committee members, to schedule the date, time and location of their thesis defense. There are room reservation programs available online, which can be used to schedule a classroom and/or conference room on campus. The student can seek the assistance of the MSE program assistant if they need assistance with scheduling the room facilities.

Enrollment in Thesis Hours

The university requires all Masters students to take a minimum of 6 credit hours of Masters thesis hours. The is also current MSE program policy.  Thesis research is considered to be a full-time effort, and enrollment in at least three Masters thesis (EMA 6971) credit hours constitutes full-time graduate status. Masters students who have begun taking Masters thesis hours (EMA 6971) must enroll in at least three dissertation hours each semester (including summers, without skipping a semester) and continue doing so until they complete the dissertation and graduate. Students wishing to enroll in part-time hours should consult with their adviser.

Thesis Defense 

Scheduling a Room

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a room for their Masters defense. They must make sure that it can seat all who may be in attendance and is equipped with all the necessary media capabilities that would be required for their defense presentation. Room reservation assistance is available online through the College of Engineering. Students may also speak with the program assistant if needing guidance regarding choosing a room for their defense. Students must make sure to reserve the room well in advance of their defense date to ensure a quality location.

Defense Announcement

All students, upon agreement and approval from the dissertation chair/faculty advisor, must supply a defense announcement TWO WEEKS prior to their defense date, as it will be posted on the College of Engineering website. The defense announcement should include the following information: date, time, location, committee member names, dissertation title, abstract and that the defense is open to the public. Below is an example of a well-formatted defense announcement.

Committee Members Present

To participate in the thesis prospectus examination, the entire committee shall be simultaneously present for the oral part of the examination and subsequent meeting of the committee.   In the event of unusual circumstances, any distance participation by a committee member (i.e. video conferencing) requires prior approval of the program coordinator and the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The defense shall be conducted on campus, unless there is an accepted joint degree program with another university that specifies a different arrangement that has been approved by the university.

Paperwork/Forms Completed During Defense

Prior to every defense, the program assistant will organize all necessary paperwork that needs to be completed by committee chair and all other committee members during the student’s Masters defense. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up these forms, have them filled out by the appropriate members, and submitted back to the program assistant for filing.

Graduate Research

For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please visit the Research webpage on the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering website.

Research is a vital part of graduate education, particularly for Masters students. The development of research skills and the practice of good research ethics begin with graduate study. Faculty serve a crucial role and are the primary source for teaching research skills and modeling research ethics.

  1. In the Materials Science and Engineering program, much of our research is carried out as a part of contracted sponsored research. Faculty obtain sponsored research from many different government agencies, and/or industry, and thus commit the university to doing certain research tasks. Students are typically hired to help the faculty conduct the research, and as such are contractually obligated to give their “best efforts” to accomplishing the research tasks. In most cases, students who are supported on contracts may use the results of their work as the basis for their thesis or dissertation.
  2. It is important to be honest and ethical in conducting research as well as in taking classes. Report all data factually and completely. Please see the Graduate Catalog for policies pertaining to Academic Behavior Standards.
  3. Patents and inventions may arise from the faculty and graduate student research. UCF has clear guidelines and a Patent Invention Policy detailed in the UCF Graduate Catalog.
  4. There are specific Laboratory Safety Procedures that must be followed by each student working in a lab. It is the program policy that each student is responsible for knowing and following the Safety Procedures. Please see the laboratories manager and/or your faculty advisor to get a copy of the Safety Procedures for the appropriate lab.

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 are available to academically outstanding students, (2) Graduate Teaching Assistantships – GTA’s (for grading or for lab teaching) are available in limited numbers, (3) Graduate Research Assistantships – GRA’s (for assisting faculty with research) are more widely available in the MSE program and depend on the research funding available to individual faculty.

Assistantships

All students are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Plan of Study. They must not make any more than two ‘C’ grades, and those must be balanced with two ‘A’ grades. Students on contract are expected to work 10 to 20 hours per week on their assigned tasks (whether it be grading, lab teaching, or research), while they are maintaining satisfactory progress in completing their academic courses.

Students must meet their obligations to continue to receive their financial support. If the students are on time cards, the cards must be filled out properly and filed on time. If they are on contract, they must maintain satisfactory work as defined by their supervisor. Also, being on contract requires that the students register for the proper number of hours of classes in time to process tuition waivers and to meet other academic requirements.

The duration of financial support may vary from one academic year at a time to up to a 4-year renewable fellowship.

International students are expected to be here as full-time students, and may not work off campus except under very strict conditions. For more information regarding international student employment, please see the Graduate Catalog.

Tuition Support and Health Insurance

Tuition support and student health insurance correspond with a student’s assistantship. If a student is working full-time (20 hours/week) as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), they automatically qualify for health insurance and for re-classification as “in-state” for tuition purposes and the academic portion of their in-state tuition will either be waived (if GTA) or paid on their behalf by their research advisor (if GRA). Tuition remission information along with frequently asked questions concerning tuition waivers can be found on the College of Graduate Studies website. Information regarding paid health insurance coverage for qualifying graduate assistantship and university fellowship students can also be located on the College of Graduate Studies website.

Important Contacts

International Services Center, www.intl.ucf.edu

Financial Aid, finaid.ucf.edu

UCF Graduate Catalog, www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu

Graduate Student Associations

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (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 program advisor. 

American Society of Materials International (ASM)disseminates technical information related to materials science and engineering, and enhances the professional preparation of members through information-sharing and interaction among members in forums and meetings, routine chapter activities and publications.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) promotes and enhances the technical competency and professional well-being of our members, through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering.

Materials Research Society (MRS) exposes students to materials research and publicity of UCF in a global materials research environment.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) broadens the horizons of students interested in Aerospace Engineering and aid their futures in Aerospace engineering by bridging the gap between students and the industry.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) promotes space exploration and the drive to become a space fairing civilization by providing members with experience on real life projects.

The Florida Engineering Societyprepares engineering students of all disciplines for the high level of performance and responsibility that is required to succeed in today's job market, while providing the opportunity to develop professional relationships with professional engineers, educators and peers.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) strives to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions. 

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a useful resource for women in technical fields including engineering.

Student Panel for Engineering and Computer Science promotes student interests and achievements within the College and to the technical community at-large, serving as an advisory board to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and as a coordinating body for college-wide events.

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity develops and maintains a high standard of professional interest among its members.

Professional Development

Professional development opportunities in this discipline are available through research, clinical experiences and participation in student professional organizations.

In this section, we identify university resources available to students for 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 non-academic skills needed to become successful in the field of choice. UCF has an active professional development program for graduate students, including the following programs:

 

  • Professoriate Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning      
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
    • This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.
  • Career Services and Experiential Learning
  • Pathways to Success Workshops
  • Graduate Research forum, sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies and Graduate Student Association
  • Facilitate summer internships for graduate students and inform students of such opportunities. 
  • The following are Graduate Awards of Excellence programs:
    • Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant 
    • Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching  
    • Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis 

 

    Students have many opportunities to further their careers while pursuing graduate work here at the university. While working with faculty advisors, they are able to present papers and posters at various conferences, develop their grant writing skills while assisting with proposals and gain notoriety through their publications.

    Job Search

    For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please visit the the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering website.

    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 career.ucf.edu.

    Forms

    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).

    Explanation:

    The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

    The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

    Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

    For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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