This page contains important information for STOR graduate students (and their advisers) regarding requirements and forms for the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees.  Information here is intended to supplement the Graduate School Handbook.

For all students:

There are two important deadlines that students should pay attention to each semester: the Add deadline and the Drop deadline. These dates can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Add deadline:

The last day to add a course is usually within one week of the start of classes. You must be registered as a full-time student if you are either (a) supported by the University or
the Department, or (b) an international student. Full-time status can be maintained by either (i) registering for at least 9 credits, or (ii) taking 3 credits of STOR 992 (MS Essay) or 994 (Ph.D.Thesis research) under your advisor’s section. Thus, a Ph.D. student who takes just 3 credits of 994, or a single 3 credit course plus 3 credits of 994 will have full time status, even though they are taking fewer than 9 credits total. Failure to be full-time can affect your funding, and even your ability to stay at the University.
Drop with tuition refund:

The last day to drop a course and obtain a tuition refund is usually within two weeks of the start of classes. Students who perform a late drop that puts them under 9 credits, even if they are eligible to take fewer than 9 credits due to STOR 992/4, will be billed for the tuition diference. Thus, if a Ph.D. student taking a single 3 credit course plus 3 credits of 994 decides to drop their 3 credit course after the drop deadline, they will be charged for 3 credits of coursework. This rule does not affect students who will have 9 or more credits after
the drop; they have until the normal graduate student drop date in November/April..

Courses designated as being variable credit can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credits. In most circumstances, students taking a course for reduced credit (1 or 2 hours) will be expected to do the same work as students taking the course for full credit (3 hours).

This is an overview of the computing resources available for students at UNC.

Hardware/Research Computing:

Data storage:

Software:

Email:

Computer Lab (Hanes 115) Protocol:

  • Do not use computers for personal activities.
  • Close and lock the lab at all times.
  • Do not go away while leaving your jobs running. Long time simulations should be done using remote servers.
  • Do not attempt to adjust the temperature of the room. If the temperature of the room is uncomfortable, please go to the third floor and speak with the Department Manager or Administrative Services Staff.
  • Log out at the end of every session.
  • Do not turn off the machines in the computer lab unless there is a problem.
  • Keep the computer lab neat. Please be responsible for your own items and recycle/remove as appropriate.

Printing:

  • If toner or paper is low, please go to the third floor and speak with the Department Manager or Administrative Services Staff.
  • Please print on both sides of paper.
  • If the printer is not working, submit a remedy ticket to OASIS.

Asking for Help:

  • Ask the person next to you.
  • Search help.unc.edu
  • For software requests, hardware problems, and any problem related to the lab machines, submit a remedy ticket to OASIS.

This provides an overview of the resources available through the UNC library system. If anyone has any questions please contact Danianne Mizzy (mizzy@email.unc.edu) who will be able to assist with any statistics related questions.

  1. STOR Specific Guide: This guide provides the user with an overview of services provided by the library with an emphasis on those that are useful for statistics and operations research.
  2. Finding Data: The library has purchased and subscribes to a variety of proprietary data sets. Sometimes these can be difficult to navigate so if you don’t know specifically what you’re looking for don’t hesitate in contacting Michele Hayslett (michele_hayslett@unc.edu) who is an expert in the data that the university has access to. In addition, if you would like to purchase data the library will frequently provide support in the form of money and/or guidance.
  3. GIS & Data Services: The library provides a variety of data analysis and visualization tools (e.g. GIS) which can be accessed at this link.
  4. Author Identifier: Please see this link for tips on using Author Identifiers. Author Identifiers help identify researches and are especially useful for researchers who may have common names.
  5. Reputation Management: Request a consultation about ways to curate your online portfolio by emailing Danianne Mizzy (mizzy@email.unc.edu).

For Undergraduate students:

10-11-2018 STAN Student-Advisor Assignments


For M.S. students (and Ph.D. students seeking the M.S. degree):


For Ph.D. students:

Comprehensive Written Exams:

Planning for graduation:

Defense:

Your defense should be planned in order to leave you enough time to make any changes or editing to your written dissertation that may be suggested by your committee.  The end of March or very early in April would probably leave you with sufficient time.

Contact Alison Kieber to reserve a room for your defense.  It must be public, so a regular classroom is needed.  The longer you wait to reserve a room, the more difficult it will be to find one available, so get in touch with your committee members and start selecting dates early in the semester.

At least one week prior to your defense, provide Alison Kieber with the title and abstract of your dissertation so that public announcements can be made.

Written Dissertation:

Your written dissertation must be submitted electronically by the Graduate School’s deadline.  It is usually in mid-April.  This is a hard deadline, and your dissertation must be final.

Separation from the University:

Office space: Please move out as soon after degree completion as convenient. Be sure to have a staff member look over your desk and space prior to leaving the area. At that time any damaged furniture or office issues can be noted. If you cannot move out prior to July, please let the Dept Manager know of your intended departure date. We will accommodate any reasonable requests for continued office use through the summer, but the area must be made available for incoming students.

Pay: Your last paycheck will be in May.

Continuing to work past graduation date: If you are planning on working past graduation, you will need to be changed from a student to a regular employee – be sure to have your supervisor discuss this with the Department Manager as soon as possible to ensure it is possible. Also, if you are an international student you will need OPT in order to work past your graduation date!

Health Insurance: Spring graduates will continue to be covered on the RA/TA health insurance plan through May 31st.  After that, if you have not secured employment that offers health insurance you should look for private insurance.

Defense:

Your defense should be planned in order to leave you enough time to make any changes or editing to your written dissertation that may be suggested by your committee.  The end of June or very early in July would probably leave you with sufficient time.

Contact Alison Kieber to reserve a room for your defense.  It must be public, so a regular classroom is needed.  Many faculty members travel over the summer, so get in touch with your committee members and start picking dates early in the semester.

At least one week prior to your defense, provide Alison Kieber with the title and abstract of your dissertation so that public announcements can be made.

Written Dissertation:

Your written dissertation must be submitted electronically by the Graduate School’s deadline.  It is usually in mid-July.  This is a hard deadline, and your dissertation must be final.

Separation from the University:

Office space: Please move out as soon after degree completion as convenient. Be sure to have a staff member look over your desk and space prior to leaving the area. At that time any damaged furniture or office issues can be noted. If you cannot move out prior to July, please let the Dept Manager know of your intended departure date. We will accommodate any reasonable requests for continued office use through the summer, but the area must be made available for incoming students.

Pay: If you are working during the summer, your last paycheck will depend on your scheduled last employment date.

Continuing to work past graduation date: If you are planning on working past graduation, you will need to be changed from a student to a regular employee – be sure to have your supervisor discuss this with the Department Manager as soon as possible to ensure it is possible. Also, if you are an international student you will need OPT in order to work past your graduation date!

Health Insurance: Summer graduates will continue to be covered on the RA/TA health insurance plan through July 31st.  After that, if you have not secured employment that offers health insurance, you should look for private insurance. 

Defense:

Your defense should be planned in order to leave you enough time to make any changes or editing to your written dissertation that may be suggested by your committee.  The end of October or very early in November would probably leave you with sufficient time.

Contact Alison Kieber to reserve a room for your defense.  It must be public, so a regular classroom is needed.  The longer you wait to reserve a room, the more difficult it will be to find one available, so get in touch with your committee members and start picking dates early in the semester.

At least one week prior to your defense, provide Alison Kieber with the title and abstract of your dissertation so that public announcements can be made.

Written Dissertation:

Your written dissertation must be submitted electronically by the Graduate School’s deadline.  It is usually in late November.  This is a hard deadline, and your dissertation must be final.

Separation from the University:

Office space: Please move out as soon after degree completion as convenient. Be sure to have a staff member look over your desk and space prior to leaving the area. At that time any damaged furniture or office issues can be noted. You will need to be moved out prior to the last week of December.

Pay: Your last paycheck will be in December.

Continuing to work past graduation date: If you are planning on working past graduation, you will need to be changed from a student to a regular employee – be sure to have your supervisor discuss this with the Department Manager as soon as possible to ensure it is possible.  Also, if you are an international student you will need OPT in order to work past your graduation date!

Health Insurance: Fall graduates will continue to be covered on the RA/TA health insurance plan through December 31st, if still within the 10 semesters of guaranteed support.  After that, if you have not secured employment that offers health insurance, you should look for private insurance. 

If you find you can’t finish up your dissertation in the planned time frame, be aware of the following:

If you defend BEFORE the start of the next semester, you can apply to graduate in that semester WITHOUT needing to register for STOR 994.  Just be sure to meet the deadlines for applying to graduate, and submitting your electronic dissertation.  If you defend AFTER the start of the next semester, you WILL need to register for STOR 994.  Remember, the department does not provide tuition during the summer months, or after your guaranteed 10 semesters of support.  Examples below.

“This spring is my 10th semester, but I don’t think I will be able to finish my dissertation before all the deadlines for spring graduation. What are my options?”

If you can finish before Summer Session begins, then you would apply for Summer graduation, complete your defense before the first day of Summer Session, and submit your electronic dissertation before the deadline of mid-July.  No registration for summer is needed.  You will not have health insurance beyond May 31st.

If you won’t be able to finish before Summer Session begins, you will need to register for 3 credits of STOR 994 during the summer.  (It does not matter if it is in Summer I or Summer II).  Apply for Summer graduation, and submit your electronic dissertation before the deadline of mid-July.   You will need to pay for the summer course.  You will have health insurance coverage through July 31st.

“I planned on graduating in the Summer, but I do not think I will have my dissertation complete before the deadline. What should I do?”

If you can finish before the Fall semester begins, then you would apply for Fall graduation, complete your defense before the first day of Fall, and submit your electronic dissertation before the deadline in November.  No registration for Fall is needed.  You will not have health insurance beyond July 31st.

If you won’t be able to finish before Fall begins, you will need to register for 3 credits of STOR 994 during the Fall.  Apply for Fall graduation, and submit your electronic dissertation before the deadline in November.  If this is beyond your 10th semester of departmental support, you will need to pay for the course and you will need to obtain health insurance on your own through Student Blue or private/employer health insurance.