In order to obtain their M.S., clinical science doctoral students are required to complete a Master’s Project. The Master’s Project is a manuscript submitted for publication on which the student is lead author and based on the student’s independent research during years one and two of graduate training. The manuscript may be an empirical, review or conceptual paper. The manuscript will require approval from the student’s committee, consisting of their primary mentor and one additional reader (core or associated faculty). Students are expected to work closely with their mentor, exchanging drafts and revising the manuscript over the course of their second year. Students are required to provide their additional reader with a minimum of one month to review the manuscript and provide feedback. Readers may request a revised draft of the manuscript before providing approval. Students are expected to complete course requirements and submit their Master’s Project for publication by the end of spring semester of their second year. Completion of an approved Master’s Project is required for receiving the M.S. degree on their transcript and for advancing to doctoral candidacy. Students who have not completed an approved Master’s Project by the end of spring semester of their second year will be notified in writing of this Benchmark Pending following the annual student performance review and will meet with their primary mentor to plan systematically for timely completion of this requirement. Students who have not completed an approved Master’s Project by end of fall semester of their third year may risk losing their funding.