(1) Current Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
The election of the DGS takes place one year prior to the expiration of the DGS' term. Upon election, the DGS-elect becomes a member of the steering committee. The Steering Committee meets on a regular basis, under the guidance of the DGS, to consider the evolving issues of program development. The Senior Administrator of the program serves as the secretary of the Steering Committee. The decisions of the Steering Committee are binding and do not require approval by the general faculty membership.
The Steering Committee has two major functions. One is to approve all rules and changes in regulations initiated by the Director of Graduate Studies. Approval by the Steering Committee is also required for course/curriculum changes as proposed by the curriculum committee. Approval of any initiative considered by the Steering Committee, including changes in the bylaws, requires a majority vote of the attending steering committee membership, provided that a 2/3 majority of the committee is in attendance at the time. If an insufficient number of members are in attendance for any deliberation, all absentee members can be polled by the secretary to determine their position on the issues at hand. A second function of the steering committee is to meet in the each term to evaluate the progress of each student and make recommendations, if necessary, to help facilitate student progress in a timely, orderly manner and to assist students in promoting career decisions.
Members of the program committees will be appointed to 4 year, renewable terms. Nominations for membership will be solicited whenever a vacancy arises. Criteria for appointment to a program committee include: service to the Graduate Program, distinction in research and graduate training, and the need for diversity in faculty representation.
Admissions and Recruitment Committee.
Awards and Fellowships Committee.
Faculty Status Committee.
This committee is responsible for coordinating and organizing seminars to enhance the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. The functions of this committee will include a determination of invited guest speakers from outside the University, based on recommendations polled from the membership of the Graduate Faculty. In addition, seminars internal to the program (Neuroscience Colloquium) and special events, such as the Neuroscience Grass Lecture Series, will be organized by the Seminar Committee.
Community Outreach Committee.
This committee is charged with overseeing and developing community outreach activities, such as those associated with Brain Awareness Week, exhibits at the State Fair, etc. The function of this committee is to enhance the visibility of neuroscience and the graduate program within the community, to foster a better understanding of neuroscience and to encourage K-12 students to consider higher education in science.