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Annual Graduate Student Activity Report (GSAR)

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The Graduate Student Activity Report (GSAR) is a college-wide system designed to improve graduate student advising and mentoring. All BMMB students and faculty are required to use this system to provide an annual student evaluation.

This system allows students, advisers and committee members to readily assess the current and past progress of students, as the website will be available at all times. The link to the GSAR is below:

https://apps.science.psu.edu/grad_activity/ 

GSARs must be completed and approved for all BMMB graduate students by August of each academic year. The report is open from September - August for each academic year. 

 

Final deadlines for submission for the 2018-2019 academic year

  • July 5: Deadline for student input of initial information.
  • July 26: Deadline for adviser and committee member comments.
  • August 9: Deadline for student acknowledgment of review and meeting with adviser.
  • August 23: Deadline for confirmation of meeting by adviser

 In addition to the information that each student and adviser will enter, a considerable amount of information has already been entered for each student. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the "Student Profile" section, as it serves as a repository of information for each student (e.g. courses taken, dates of candidacy and comprehensive exams, etc.).

 

GSAR Workflow

  • September 1, 2018-July 5, 2019: Student completes "Student Summary"
  • By July 26, 2019: Adviser and committee members complete "Review"
  • By August 9, 2019: Student meets with dissertation adviser, discusses review, and then completes the "Acknowledgement".
  • By August 23, 2019: Dissertation Adviser confirms meeting and discussion with student.
  • By August 31, 2019: BMMB Associate Head for Graduate Education completes "Approval".

 

Reminder: All BMMB students are required to hold an annual committee meeting starting the year after the comprehensive exam. This meeting is documented in a form separate from the GSAR.