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Designated Emphasis in Organism-Environment Interactions Bylaws
ARTICLE I. OBJECTIVE
The Designated Emphasis in Organism-Environment Interactions (DE-OEI) is organized to indicate a specialization for students in established PhD programs and will be administered in conformance with the policy and procedures of the Graduate Council and the Office of Graduate Studies, of the University of California, Davis campus.
Sustaining our natural resources depends on understanding physiological mechanisms driving organism-environment interactions. The DE in Biology of Organism-Environment Interactions targets students’ needs and interests to use rapidly emerging molecular technology to tackle the most pressing issues related to how organisms respond to predictable and unpredictable environmental change.
College of Biological Sciences: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Ecology
The mission of this DE is to promote cross-disciplinary training for students interested in gaining a mechanistic understanding of how organisms respond to environmental change. Mechanisms driving environment-organism interactions are fundamental to understanding sustainability in a changing world, and in particular, to anthropogenic disruption on a global scale.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
A. Criteria for Membership in the Designated Emphasis
The DE shall consist of those persons associated with UC Davis qualified to guide candidates for the PhD degree with specialization in Organism-Environment Interactions according to this DE’s stated mission. Members must belong to an affiliated graduate group or program, have an active research program, and participate in the activities of the DE.
Faculty affiliated with the DE will have an active program of research or scholarship commensurate with the expectations of the University of California.3. All active members are eligible to vote.
B. Application Process
D. Verification of Continued Membership.
E. Membership Appeal Process
ARTICLE III. ADMINISTRATION
The administration of the DE and its activities will be vested in the Chair and the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE IV. DE CHAIR
The Dean of Graduate Studies will appoint the Chair of the Designated Emphasis in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Office of Graduate Studies.
The Chair will be the Chief Officer and Spokesperson for the DE and the Executive Committee, and will provide overall academic leadership for the DE. The Chair will call and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and of the DE in total at least once annually during the winter quarter.
ARTICLE V. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. Executive Committee Membership
Executive Committee faculty members will serve for three-year terms.
D. Voting Rights
Each faculty member of the Executive Committee will have voting rights; the graduate student member will be a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.
E. Role and Function of the Executive Committee
1. The Executive Committee will be responsible for student admissions to the DE-OEI in consultation with the student’s mentor and the appropriate Graduate Group Chairperson.
2. The Executive Committee will act on behalf of the DE to define and implement the program and curriculum. Specific functions will include: consideration of course offerings and electives, as well as reviewing admissions requirements, graduate student progress, and advising policy.
3. The Executive Committee will act as the Membership Committee by evaluating and voting on faculty membership applications, as well as conduct the renewal membership on a three year cycle.
4. The Executive Committee will be responsible for advertising the DE by at least maintaining a website linked to affiliated PhD programs and the Office of Graduate Studies.
5. The Executive Committee will explore means for obtaining funds from the University and sources outside the University to support PhD students in the DE, and will distribute those funds to students.
ARTICLE VI. STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
The student member will serve one year on the Executive Committee; students may be reappointed for one additional year. The student representative will have no voting rights, but will represent the interests of the students to the Executive Committee. The student representative will be expected to communicate with the other DE students prior to and after each Executive Committee meeting to ensure the students are kept informed about issues affecting the DE and to give them an opportunity to convey information to the Executive Committee via the student representative.
ARTICLE VII. GRADUATE ADVISER
The DE Chair will serve as Graduate Adviser. The duties of the graduate adviser include:
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
One all-group meeting will be held annually in winter quarter.
The Executive Committee will meet at least quarterly. Other ad hoc meetings may be called
A. Convening the DE Meeting
The DE Chair will call the annual meeting.
B. Additional Meetings
Additional meetings to discuss matters not covered in the annual or ad hoc Executive Committee meetings will be scheduled upon petition to the Chair of at least two members.
C. Notification of Meetings
Notification of annual meetings and additional all group meetings will be at least a month in advance of the meeting date; notification will be sent by email. Notification of Executive Committee and other meetings will be made at least two weeks prior to the meeting date.
D. Faculty Participation in Meetings
If faculty members are away from campus, it is encouraged that they participate by videoconference or by conference call.
ARTICLE IX. QUORUM
All issues that require a vote must be voted on with a minimum quorum of 50% plus one of the eligible members. Passage requires a 50% plus one supporting vote by the quorum. Voting may be done by electronic-mail ballot. In the absence of a quorum, any number shall be sufficient to adjourn to a fixed date.
ARTICLE X. ORDER OF BUSINESS
For all regular meetings, the suggested order of business will be as follows:
All amendments and revisions to the bylaws must be approved by a quorum vote, and must be submitted to Graduate Council for review and approval.