provigil Posted December 14, 2013 Share Posted December 14, 2013 (edited) So I just finished my first semester of grad school and I learned earlier this week (and by earlier I mean Thursday evening) that I got a B- in one of my classes and then this Friday afternoon that I might be kicked from my program (MS in Biochem). Normally, a B- wouldn't be much of an issue for most people, but one of the stipulations of my acceptance into the program was that I had to take two specific classes in my first semester and get B's in both since my application was unusual (90+ percentiles on GRE, really awful undergrad, good research). The other one is still pending, and as far as I know grades for that class won't be up till this Thursday, but I have a borderline B/B+ and the final is curved to a standard, so I'm going to assume the best right now because any more worrying wouldn't be good. Basically, I'm freaking out a bit (a lot). I went into the final with a solid B and thought I was good, came 16 points short on the final and ended with a B-, which is close to a B but it isn't a B. The prof has said he can't do anything, although I had a short 5 min talk with him instead of a long sit down talk since he was already in a sit down talk with someone else. The academic coordinator (who I talked to this Friday) told me since I didn't get the grades I needed, then odds are very likely I'll be kicked from the program, even if I do well in the other class since I just didn't meet the reqs. However, the choice is ultimately up to the graduate director, and he pulls up grades this Thursday and calls people into meetings if they haven't met requirements, etc. and basically tells them they're out, from what I can gather. There's very, very few cases that people stay who are in similar positions as mine. Research wise, things are going pretty well. Both my PI and the visiting professor (I'm not exactly sure what her status is here, but I'm assuming it's a visiting prof) who's responsible for one of my projects like me. They probably like me too much, since I've been juggling two research projects through the semester. I'm possibly being listed as a co-author on a paper from the visiting prof if it gets published? The two project juggling probably contributed to the low performance on the final, along with three hour commute between school and home. I haven't informed my PI or the visiting prof of the circumstances. So I suppose my question here is- how do I proceed? A B- isn't a B, but 16 points short on a 200 point final from a B is close, but the acceptance letter clearly stipulates I need a B. I'm not exactly sure if research is going to come into the end decision or not or any external factors, or if it's just going to be based on my final grade. Should I inform my PI/the visiting prof of the situation? What sort of argument should I try to make when I get called into the meeting, or should I just not bother? And in the very real possibility that I do get kicked out, what are my options from there? Apply to another program that hopefully takes me? tl;dr- First semester in, school said that I had to get B's in two specific classes (1 and 2). I got a B- in 1, likely B or B+ in 2. A's in other classes. Research is good, PI likes me+the work I do. Was told that I'd likely be kicked for not meeting the grades I need, so what can I do to prevent this or what do I do if it does happen? Edited December 14, 2013 by provigil Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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