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Travel Authorization Form (must be completed and approved before travel arrangements are made)
LSU certificate of privately owned vehicles – Trip Travel Insurance

Faculty and Staff Forms

Application for Leave

Personal Data Sheet (Microsoft Word), Personal Data Sheet (PDF)
This form is designed to develop a database on all graduate students in the department. You should complete it and turn it in to the main office within two weeks after you register for your first semester as a graduate student. (You should turn the form in even if you have not yet chosen an advisor or selected your academic advisory committee. This information can be added later using Form 1a.)

Semester Update (Microsoft Word), Semester Update (PDF)
A completed copy of this form should be turned in to the main office every semester, within two weeks after the first day of classes. Include your current semester course work and any change of address or phone number. You may also use this form to update any other information in your personal data file.

Annual Graduate Student Evaluation Form (Microsoft Word), Annual Evaluation (PDF)
A graduate student evaluation must be submitted each year by all students actively working toward a graduate degree. The report is due in the main office no later than noon, February 1 of each year.

Academic Advisory Committee  (Microsoft Word), Advisory Committee (PDF)
As soon as possible, you should determine which faculty member you would like to have as your major advisor and as the director of your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. You should also identify other faculty members who have interests and expertise that relate to your intended area of study. To assist you in this process, a temporary advisor will be assigned to new graduate students when they first arrive. The temporary advisor will have some expertise in your area of study and will help you decide on course work for your first semester. After you become more familiar with the faculty in the department and focus on a specific research area you will be able to identify a prospective major advisor and several other faculty members who could serve on your academic advisory committee. (There is no obligation to keep the temporary advisor as your major advisor, although many of you may wish to do so.)

This form is designed to formally request that selected individuals serve as your major advisor or as an advisory committee member. This form should be submitted to the graduate director no later than the end of your first semester in the program, and preferably sooner. (If for some reason you later decide to change your advisor or committee members, you may do so with optional Form 14).
When forming your committee, you should be aware of the Graduate School requirements:

• Master’s thesis committees must include three or more members of the graduate faculty, including at least two members of the graduate faculty in the department, one of whom is a full member of the graduate faculty. If there is a minor field, one committee member must represent the minor department.

• Doctoral committees must include four or more members of the graduate faculty, two of whom are full members of the graduate faculty. At least one other than the chair mast be a full member of the graduate faculty from the department. If there is an external minor, one committee member must represent the minor department. (See the current Graduate Catalog’s section on “Requirements for Advanced Degrees” for a complete explanation of these requirements.)

Assistantship Application Form  (Microsoft Word), Assistantship Application (PDF)

Methods coursework.  (Microsoft Word), Methods (PDF)
All M.A. students in Anthropology must select the appropriate coursework in research methods for their chosen subfield and research interest. Students are required to take at least one methods course in addition to general required courses. Be sure to meet with you advisor as soon as possible during your first semester to devise a plan to fulfill the methods requirment and to make sure you have the necessary skill set for your chosen research project.

Program of Study for Geography Master’s Degree (Departmental Form)  (Microsoft Word),

Due at the end of your first semester to the G & A Graduate Office.

Proposed Research  (Microsoft Word), Proposed Research (PDF)
Before commencing your thesis or dissertation research, you should have a clearly defined statement of problem and research methodology. This form is designed to present your research problem and methodology to your advisor and committee for approval. Anthropology master’s students should have this form signed by their committee members at the conclusion of their master’s thesis proposal defense. After it has been approved, it should be submitted to the graduate director to document your advancement to the research stage of your graduate program.

Request for Master’s Examination [i.e. THESIS DEFENSE] (Required by Graduate School for Master’s Candidates)
The purpose of this Graduate School form is to formally request that your final master’s examination be scheduled. A facsimile of the form is shown here, but you must obtain two originals of this yellow form directly from the Graduate School or download them from the Graduate School’s website and submit the completed forms to the Graduate School three weeks prior to the date of the requested examination. Your requested exam time must comply with any departmental and Graduate School regulations that determine when an exam can be scheduled. As with the anthropology master’s thesis proposal defense, you will need to arrange a time that is agreeable to all members of the examining committee. Once you find a suitable time slot, arrange and reserve a room for the exam and use Form 9 to formally notify each of the members by obtaining their signatures. After submitting the originals of this form to the Graduate School, send copies to the examining committee as a reminder.

Application for Admission to Candidacy for a Master’s Degree
(Required by Graduate School for Master’s Candidates)
This form includes a listing of the course work you will use to fulfill your degree requirements and it must be submitted to the Graduate School during the semester you intend to graduate, no later than the date listed in the current Graduate School calendar. When you register, if you indicate your intent to graduate in the upcoming semester, you will receive two originals of this form in a yellow-covered ”packet” issued to candidates for master’s degrees. Also included in this packet is the “Application for Degree” card. This card should be submitted to the Graduate School at the same time as the Admission to Candidacy form. The packet also contains the official Graduate School instructions for preparation of theses, dissertations, and monographs, and a thesis checklist.

Long before you officially submit this form, however, you should have planned out what courses you will take to fulfill your degree requirements. You should start to plan your program of study in your first semester as soon as possible after your deficiencies have been determined and you have discussed your interests and research focus with your advisor and committee. As you plan your program, be sure to include the necessary courses for elimination of your deficiencies and fulfillment of your foreign language and/or statistics competence, as well as departmental seminars and any courses needed to fulfill specific program requirements. Since many necessary courses may not be taught every year, long-range planning of your program of study is imperative. You can use the attached facsimile of Form 10 as a worksheet to assist you in organizing and planning the course work that you intend to use for fulfilling your master’s program requirements. Once your tentative program of study has been determined, you are responsible for obtaining its approval from your advisor and committee. The actual submittal of two typed originals of Form 10 to the Graduate School should not take place until early in the semester you plan to graduate. If you do not graduate during that semester, you must submit a Request to Update Application for Degree, Form 16, during the new semester in which you plan to graduate.

Application for Admission to Candidacy for a Master’s Degree (Departmental Form)
Note: both 11a and 11b forms must be submitted.

Program of Study for the Doctoral Degree (Required by Graduate School for Doctoral Candidates)
This is the first of the required Graduate School forms for Ph.D. candidates and it is required by the end of your first semester if you have a master’s degree or the second semester if you do not. At least one full academic year of continuous residence as a full-time graduate student must be earned at LSU after the ”Program of Study” is received by the Graduate School. The purpose of this form is to document the course work you plan to use to fulfill the requirements for the doctoral degree.

You should start to plan your program of study in your first semester as soon as possible. Be sure to discuss your interests and research directions with your advisor and committee. As you plan your program, be sure to include the necessary courses for elimination of your deficiencies and fulfillment of any foreign language and/or statistics competence your committee requires, as well as departmental seminars and any courses needed to fulfill specific program requirements. Since some necessary courses may not be taught every year, long-range planning of your program of study is imperative. You can use Form 11a as a worksheet to assist you in organizing and planning the course work that you intend to use for fulfilling your doctoral program requirements. Once your tentative program of study has been determined, you should obtain two originals of the blue form (11b) from the Graduate School or download them from the Graduate School’s website, type in the necessary information, and obtain signatures of approval from your advisor and committee on both Forms 11a and 11b. (Note: After Form 11b has been submitted, any changes in your program of study must be documented with the Graduate School using Form 15.)

Request for Doctoral General or Final Examination(Required by Graduate School for Doctoral Candidates)
This is a dual-purpose Graduate School form. Its purpose is to formally request that either your doctoral general or your doctoral final exam be scheduled. A facsimile of the form is shown here, but you must obtain two originals of this blue form directly from the Graduate School or download them from the Graduate School’s website and submit them to the Graduate School three weeks prior to the date of the requested examination. You must also submit a completed copy of the form to each committee member. Your requested exam time must comply with any departmental and Graduate School regulations that determine when an exam can be scheduled. Once you find a suitable time slot that is agreeable to all 52 members of your committee, arrange and reserve a room for the exam and complete Form 12 by obtaining the necessary signatures.

Application for Degree (Required by Graduate School for Doctoral Candidates)
This form for doctoral candidates must be submitted to the Graduate School during the semester you intend to graduate, no later than the date listed in the current Graduate School calendar. When you register, if you indicate your intent to graduate in the upcoming semester, you will receive this card in the blue-covered “packet” issued to candidates for the doctorate. This card is your official notification to the Graduate School of your intent to graduate, and if you do not graduate during the semester you first submit this form, you must submit a Request to Update Application for Degree, Form 16, during the new semester in which you plan to graduate. Also included in the doctoral candidate’s packet are: the official Graduate School instructions on preparation of theses, dissertations, and monographs; a dissertation checklist; and the “Survey of Earned Doctorates” and University Microfilms Agreement—two forms that you are asked to fill out and submit with your completed dissertation.

Supplemental Forms

Change of Advisor and/or Committee (Departmental Form)
Your advisor and committee are the most important faculty members involved in your degree program. it is important to you, to your committee, and to the department that all know exactly who is on your committee. Form 14 is designed to assist in keeping this information up to date. If you change any member of your committee (including your advisor), have the appropriate faculty member sign Form 14 and submit it to the graduate director.

Request for Change in program of Study for Doctoral Degree (An Optional Graduate School Form for Doctoral Candidates)
The purpose of this form is to document changes in your doctoral “Program of Study” after you have submitted Form 11b to the Graduate School. Two originals of this blue form must be obtained from the Graduate School and submitted there when completed.

Request to Update Application for Degree (An Optional Graduate School Form for Master’s or Doctoral Candidates)
If you have previously submitted either Form 10 for the master’s degree or Form 13 for the doctoral degree during a semester in which you did not complete all the requirements for graduation, you must update your Application for Degree in the semester your graduation is anticipated, using this official Graduate School form. (A facsimile is shown here; originals may be obtained from the Graduate School.) This form must be submitted no later than the regular “Application for Degree” deadline of the new 53 semester your graduation is anticipated.