Timeline for Graduate Study -- Ph.D.

Ph.D. Graduate Program in Biology

Benchmarks and Timeline to Success

 

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Year 1

Last week of August

  • Meet with Standards Committee
  • Choose course schedule
  • Discuss First Semester Mentoring
  • Meet with faculty to finalize Mentoring experience
  • Submit Mentoring Prospectus Form by the first week of classes

Mid-December

Mid-May

 

Year 2

Last week of August

  • Meet with Standards Committee
  • Choose final course schedule for Fall semester
  • Discuss thesis advisor options
  • Submit Summer Rotation Evaulation Form to faculty mentor

Mid-December

Mid-May

  • Meet with Standards Committee
  • Discuss upcoming qualifying exam
  • All formal courses should have now been completed

Qualifying Exam

  • Submit abstract and specific aims for Exam by April 15th to Standards Committee
  • Prepare written Exam Proposal and submit by June 7th
  • Use all resources to prepare for exam

 

Year 3

Fall Semester -- Dissertation Research

  • Meet with advisor regularly to discuss Dissertation Prospectus
  • Start planning and preparing to write Dissertation Prospectus

Spring Semester -- Dissertation Research

  • Complete Dissertation Prospectus meeting
  • Ensure submission of Dissertation Prospectus Committee Report
  • Ensure submission of Advisor Progress Report by February 1st

 

Year 4

Fall Semester -- Dissertation Research

  • Meet with advisor regularly to discuss dissertation progress
  • Hold meeting of Dissertation Committee
  • Ensure submission of Thesis Progress Report Form

Spring Semester -- Dissertation Research

 

Year 5

Fall Semester -- Dissertation Research

  • Meet with advisor regularly to discuss dissertation progress
  • Hold meeting of Dissertation Committee
  • Ensure submission of Thesis Progress Report Form

Spring Semester -- Dissertation Research

 

Year 6

Fall Semester -- Dissertation Research

  • Meet with advisor regularly to discuss dissertation progress
  • Hold meeting of Dissertation Committee
  • Ensure submission of Thesis Progress Report Form

Spring Semester -- Defend your thesis