Info for current students

Congratulations on being accepted into the Wildlife Biology graduate program at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation! The following information will help you orient to the college and our graduate program.

Policies and procedures for Wildlife Biology graduate students (pdf)

Structure of the Wildlife Biology Program 

The Wildlife Biology Program composes three units:

Each faculty member is associated with one of these departments. As a graduate student, you are associated with the department to which your committee chair belongs. 

Department Administrative Associate

Course Requirements and Deadlines

Robin Hamilton can help students understand course requirements, committee appointments, deadlines and scholarships. 

Computer Accounts

All graduate students can have a computer account through the CFC (in addition to their UM account) and their information will be backed up. You will need to go to the Main Office in the Forestry building, room 109A, and fill out a computer account form. Your account will be ready within 24 hours. Visit the CFC IT website.

You will want to be added to the CFC graduate student email distribution list. Send an email to Robin Hamilton, indicating that you are a new graduate student and would like to be added to the “grads” email distribution list. Important announcements, course updates, deadlines, and other information are sent to graduate students via this distribution list.

Calendar of Events

We have events (such as seminars, deadlines, special events and more) posted on the CFC homepage. Please check often for new updates. 

To have your thesis defense posted on our calendar, please contact your Administrative Associate with the date, time and place.

Harassment Policy

We are committed to making this campus a comfortable, safe place for you to work and learn regardless of your gender, race, or sexual preference. We are similarly committed to the well-being of all students and staff, including all the students you will teach as TA or work with as a scholar and researcher. This requires that you know your rights, stand up for your rights and those of others, and remain sensitive and vigilant to see that no one's actions, including your own, interfere with the work of others.  If you are a TA, you are required to review the TA Harassment Policy.

The University policy outlines procedures for dealing with allegations of harassment through formal and informal channels at the University. If a student, staff member or faculty member encounters such situations, s/he may approach the Department Chair or the University’s Title IX/EO officer (Jessica Weltman) for details on these procedures. The new policy requires that faculty, staff and those graduate students in teaching positions report to the Title IX office within 24 hours (x 5710) of a hearing of an incident from a student.


RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that can help you manage and streamline your research. This software is useful for managing citations for your thesis or dissertation. It can create your own database to keep track of articles, import citation information into your database, and automatically generate a bibliography. RefWorks is available for free to UM students, faculty and staff. For more information or to set up your account, please visit the Mansfield Library.