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Final Product and Examination
Each student will be responsible for a final product, developed through research or other creative activity, that contributes to museum studies and demonstrates the student’s ability to engage conceptually and professionally with the discipline of museum studies. The final product will be developed with and approved by the student’s M.A. committee. The final product may be an extension of work undertaken during an internship or in a course. Examples of appropriate products include research papers, exhibitions, educational curricula, websites, social media applications, and films.

Each student will successfully defend their final product as part of the final examination of their work. This comprehensive master’s examination, taken during the student’s final semester of coursework, focuses on the student’s final product, while also testing the candidate's mastery of museum principles and practices, and relevant subject disciplines indicated by the student’s record. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the exam is oral, and the examination committee shall be comprised of the student’s M.A. committee. The oral defense is public; faculty and graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend as nonvoting participants.

Written notice of intent to take the exam must be filed with the Museum Studies office at least three weeks in advance of the examination, providing the names of the chair and committee members, the date and time of the exam, and the location of the exam. The examination will be evaluated (on the basis of Pass, Fail, or Honors) by each member of the committee. A favorable majority is required for passing the exam. Note: Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they take the exam.


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FeBREWary at the Watkins
Thursday, February 15 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with Lawrence Beer Co., presents an evening of beer, food, and knowledge! Enjoy beer and a fascinating talk on brewing provided by Lawrence Beer Co., plus food from local restaurants and an informal museum tour. Tickets are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for non-members. You may sign up online or contact the museum at 785-841-4109. We recommend buying in advance. Ages 21 and over only, please. More information and registration.

Winter Table: An Evening of Herpetology
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
A celebration of more than 100 years of KU herpetology research programs and the careers of Linda Trueb and Bill Duellman. Explore the Natural History Museum's reptile and amphibian collections and enjoy appetizers and drinks. Dine in the Panorama Gallery with KU herpetology scientists and students conducting reptile and amphibian research across the globe. 

6:30 pm: appetizers, drinks and science salon
7:00 pm: dinner and program
$50 per person 

Reserve your space now at the 2018 Winter Table by ordering tickets online. Tickets are $50 per person. You may also call 785-864-4450 to purchase by phone or you may purchase tickets at the museum lobby during business hours. Questions? Contact biodiversity@ku.edu or 785-864-4450.

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