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Graduate Student Resources

This page is regularly maintained by the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) and provides essential information for current Department of Geosciences graduate students.  Prospective students for the Department of Geosciences should visit the resource page for prospective students.

Summary pages of scheduling milestones and hyperlinks to forms are given in the timelines:

M.S. Timeline

Ph.D. Timeline

Other important pages to reference include:

Graduate College resource for all BSU graduate students

Graduate Student Handbook 2021 (maintained by department)

Geosciences Graduate Organization (GGO) (student-maintained)

Graduate Program Catalogs (university)


Links below are important department-specific resources

  • Graduate Student Geoscience Handbook – go-to document outlining expectations and polices for graduate students in the Department of Geosciences.  (revised October 2021)
  • Geosciences Graduate Faculty Nomination Form – Submit this internal form to nominate an external committee member to serve on your committee. This needs to be done at least 30 days in advance. More information can be found here.
  • Guidelines for writing MS Thesis Proposal – recommended format for thesis proposal and rubric for evaluation.
  • Preliminary and Comprehensive Exam Policy for Ph.D. Degrees – includes requirements and evaluation metrics for doctoral comprehensive exam, preliminary exam, and dissertation proposal.
  • Geosciences Calendar – schedule of events for current semester including dates of thesis and dissertation defenses and thesis proposals.  Fill in the online form to schedule a date.
  • Progress Assurance Form – downloadable pdf or Word file that must be submitted to supervisory committee during the last month of the semester (and each semester) by graduate students enrolled in GEOS/GEOPH593 or GEOS/GEOPH693
  • Graduate Student Profiles – link to graduate student profiles.  New students can upload their profiles by filling out the Member form.
  • Awards Page – listing of awards and funding opportunities available to current graduate students in the Department of Geosciences.
  • Department of Geosciences computational resources page (under construction)


Links below are important university-wide resources


Graduate Degree Programs and Contacts

Contact the GPC faculty listed below for questions related to specific graduate degree programs and for information not found on this page and links.
programcontactcontact email
Masters of Science (M.S.) in GeosciencesMark
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeophysicsEllyn
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeophysicsEllyn
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeosciencesMark
Master of Earth Science (M.E.Sci.)Ellyn
Master of Science (M.S.) in Hydrologic SciencesAnna Bergstrom
  • general admininstrator  (geoadmin-group at
  • graduate student resources webpage administrator – contact Ellyn Enderlin ( with issues

Department administrative staff can also answer specific questions.


FAQ Page (under construction)

Go to the graduate student resource Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to all sorts of questions.  If you don’t see your question listed submit your own FAQ at this page.