COS Ph.D. Practicum (21 units)
COS Ph.D. Practicum 08-998 (12 units in first semester and a minimum of 9 units thereafter). First year students sign up for 08-999, "COS Practicum Intro" for 12 units for their first semester, and for each semester thereafter sign up for 08-998, "COS Practicum Advanced" for 3 units. The COS Ph.D. Practicum provides students with insight into the nature of research in COS and practical information on being a researcher, feedback on research, and an opportunity to collaborate with fellow graduate students and faculty. COS Students are expected to sign up for, attend, and present in the COS Ph.D. seminar series, for a minimum of two years, and each semester while in residence. Students can and should sign up for this seminar multiple times. Students receive 12 units their first semester and 3 units each following semester they are in this seminar. Further, students are to present a paper each spring semester they are enrolled in this seminar.
The Fall practicum reviews the research in COS with 2 weeks per each of the core faculty. A short 2 week assignment for each of the two week modules is required. Senior graduate students provide support and feedback to first year students. Students in their first year in COS receive 12 units, and students in later years receive 3 units.
The Spring practicum focuses on the practical side of science. Students gain experience presenting talks, writing and reviewing proposals, reviewing journal papers, writing white papers and so on. Topics vary each year. All students receive 3 units each year they take this practium.