Handbook and Bylaws

Handbook

Handbook

The GCB Handbook contains important information such as policies for faculty and students.

You can view the handbook here.

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Bylaws

Objective

The central objective of the Genomics and Computational Biology Graduate Group is to recruit and train outstanding Ph.D. students to become quantitative, interdisciplinary computational scientists with a sophisticated understanding of the biological basis of health and disease.

The Graduate Group is governed by an Executive Committee, Chair, and Vice Chair.

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The Executive Committee and Its Members

The Executive Committee is responsible for maintaining all the various Graduate Group activities and to review significant changes in policy, direction, or intent as recommended by GCB Committees or members.

The Executive Committee is composed of the GCB Chair, Vice Chair and other faculty selected from senior membership of GCB, including members representing the concerns of the Advising, Curriculum, and Admissions Committees and other institutions that are traditionally heavily involved in GCB daily operations, as well as additional members appointed by the Chair to represent important aspects of student training. The Chair of the Executive Committee is the GCB Chair.

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The Graduate Group Chair

The Chair of the Graduate Group is elected by the Graduate Group. The election of the Chair is subject to the approval of the Director of BGS, the Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Vice Provost for Education. The Chair is responsible for governance of GCB. The GCB Chair oversees all committees and selects course directors for courses. The GGEB Chair also serves an important role in helping to resolve academic and personal difficulties of individual students.

The Chair is responsible for convening meetings of the Executive Committee and sets the agenda.

The Chair serves for a term of three years and may serve successive terms if re-elected by the Executive Committee. During the third year of the Chair’s term, the Graduate Group Executive Committee will nominate one or more faculty members from the Graduate Group to stand for election as Chair. Members of the Graduate Group will be requested to provide additional names for the ballot. The new will be elected by majority vote by closed ballot.

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The Graduate Group Vice Chair

The Vice Chair is selected by the Chair and approved by the Executive Committee. The Vice Chair serves for a three-year renewable term.

A primary responsibility of the Vice Chair is to fulfill associated responsibilities of the Chair, if s/he is unable (travel, emergency, etc.). The Vice Chair also serves in a supporting role for the Chair.

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The Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee Chair shall be chosen by the Graduate Group Chair and approved by the Executive Committee. The Chair serves a three-year renewable term. The Curriculum Committee is primarily composed of course co-directors for GCB courses. Modifications to the existing curriculum are initiated by this committee and approved by the Executive Committee.

Two GCB students also serve on this committee. The students are invited to join the committee by the Chair and Coordinator.

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the GCB curriculum to ensure students’ needs are met
  • Reviewing the course evaluations for GCB courses
  • Maintaining the list of Core Knowledge topics
  • Developing proposals for new courses

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The Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee Chair shall be chosen by the Graduate Group Chair and approved by the Executive Committee. The Chair serves a three-year renewable term.

In addition to the Admissions Chair, the committee consists of the GCB Chair, GCB Vice Chair, and at least four additional faculty members.

The Admissions Committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing all applications
  • Selecting faculty interviewers for the candidates
  • Participating in student interviews
  • Reviewing interview evaluations and recommending acceptance

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The Advising Committee

The Advising Committee Chair shall be chosen by the Graduate Group Chair and approved by the Executive Committee. The Chair serves a three-year renewable term.

Two GCB students also serve on this committee. The students are invited to join the committee by the Chair and Coordinator.

The Advising Committee is responsible for:

  • Meeting with first and second year students to select courses and rotations
  • Reviewing annual Individual Development Plans with first and second year students
  • Reviewing thesis reports for dissertation students
  • Maintaining the list of Qualifying electives for GCB students

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Membership in the Graduate Group

GCB faculty are drawn from across the university, bringing diverse expertise to a quickly developing field.

Faculty membership in GCB needs to be approved by the Executive Committee based on (i) the applicant’s current curriculum vitae (CV), (ii) and letter of request from the candidate, or a nomination letter from a current GCB faculty member. Candidates for membership in the Graduate Group may be asked to give a chalk talk prior to joining the group, to introduce themselves and their research to GCB students and faculty.

GCB faculty participation is tracked by the GCB Chair and coordinator. After a three-year initial membership and every three years thereafter, faculty that are not deemed to be contributing will be invited to contribute (in some cases, to a specific activity) in order to retain their good standing. If they prefer not to contribute, they will be removed from the list of active GCB faculty, but are welcome to rejoin the program at a later date.

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