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Message from the Graduate Advisor

Dr. Vinay Gupta

On behalf of the faculty in Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, I would like to welcome you to the Department. I will be serving as your primary contact regarding all matters related to your academic program, such as academic advising, course and degree approval, etc.

The USF catalog states 'the responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the students'. However, the college and the departments require that each student plan his/her academic program and have it approved by a designated advisor. You should meet with me as soon as you have decided to do graduate study in Chemical Engineering. I will work with you to complete a study plan. 

An important note to all students: Please familiarize yourselves with the university policies regarding academic conduct as explained in the Graduate Catalog. You should be aware of the policies regarding academic honesty. If you are unsure about any policy, please check with your instructor/major professor/advisor first.

In general, if you submit work for any homework/project/course/thesis it must properly acknowledge others' contribution to the work if applicable. Any misrepresentation will be considered as an act of academic dishonesty and dealt with accordingly. Cheating and plagiarism can lead to dismissal from the program. Please be aware that plagiarism discovered because of AI-generated material, images and text, is subject to an academic integrity review and sanctions.

Students intending to apply for the non-thesis MS degrees have to successfully complete the comprehensive exam requirement (see the program forms packet) prior to certification of the degree. 

Dr. Vinay Gupta

Academic Integrity

Graduate students in the department are held to the highest standards of academic integrity commensurate with their prior completion of a technical degree. To quote from the USF regulation on academic integrity,

"Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida’s commitment to the
academic honesty and personal integrity of its university community. Academic integrity is
grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of one’s own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the university are the
responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and Students."

In addition to general standards of academic integrity, USF Chemical Engineers are expected to uphold the professional code of ethics of a chemical engineer. For an overview of the professional ethical code to which chemical engineers are expected to hold themselves, see the following two links:

If you ever have any questions or doubts about whether a potential course of action is consistent with standards of academic integrity or professional ethics, please talk with your course instructor, major-professor, graduate advisor, or department chair ahead of time.

Graduate study forms and documents