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Capstone Requirement (Plan II)

Timing: Plan II students write a capstone paper in lieu of a thesis. Students electing the MS Plan II will need to make an arrangement with a faculty member belonging to the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group to serve as a mentor for the capstone requirement as soon as they have completed the written prequalifying examination at the end of their first year. Students should expect to complete the capstone between the 6th - 9th quarters of the program.

Topic: The student in consultation with the faculty mentor selects a topic within the broad area of pharmacology and toxicology. This exercise is intended to further develop skills in the identification and synthesis of appropriate scientific literature. The paper will be approximately 20 typed pages or 5000 words in length. The mentor is to guide the student in the preparation of this treatise and is to evaluate the final product regarding its acceptability in meeting the capstone requirement. A copy of the paper and a letter from the mentor is to be placed in the student's records following completion of this requirement. A candidate must be a registered student or in Filing Fee status at the time the program submits the form, with the exception of the summer period between the end of the Spring Quarter and the beginning of Fall Quarter. The program must file the report with Graduate Studies within one week of the end of the quarter in which the student's degree will be conferred.

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Capstone Requirement Faculty Mentor

Students electing the MS Plan II will need to make an arrangement with a faculty member belonging to the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group to serve as a mentor for the capstone requirement. This arrangement should be started in the Spring Quarter of their 1st year. The student, in consultation with the faculty mentor, selects a topic within the broad area of pharmacology and toxicology. This exercise is intended to further develop skills in the identification and synthesis of appropriate scientific literature. The mentor is to guide the student in the preparation of this treatise and is to evaluate the final product regarding its acceptability in meeting the capstone requirement. A copy of the paper and a letter from the mentor is to be placed in the student's records following completion of this requirement.

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