Second Year of PhD Program

Choose a mentoring committee by November 1 at 9 am

Use the mentoring committee selection form here. Rank 5 faculty, not including your PI, to be on the mentoring committee. Discuss your selection with your PI, considering faculty inside the department, affiliated with the department, and outside of the department. Please consider a wide range of faculty as many faculty would be appropriate for your committee selection. It is not necessary to contact the faculty inside the department that you select to be on your committee before you submit the form. Please contact the affiliate faculty and faculty outside of the department before you add them to your selection form. There is a comment box on the form. It is important to indicate if you are collaborating with faculty you listed on the mentoring form or if there are reasons why a specific faculty member should be on your committee.


Thesis Background Examination (TBE)

The examination will consist of a written report and an oral defense.  The details  about the exam are here: TBE Requirements. The oral portion of the TBE exam should be scheduled between January 15 and March 15. If the oral exam cannot be scheduled during this period, please submit the TBE Extension Request Form. The student brings the evaluation form and, if desired, the MS warrant form to the oral exam. Examples of the written portion:

PDF and Word files of the TBE Evaluation Form are here:


MS Degree after TBE

After completion of your TBE, you can receive an MS degree. Please see the information here to request a warrant for the MS degree. It is best if you request the warrant 3 weeks before your TBE and bring the warrant to the TBE.


Enrollment Credit Requirements

See the Registrar for deadlines related to course enrollment.

Non-dissertators (maximum 15 credits; minimum 8 credits; fall and spring semesters)

  • Lecture Courses to satisfy the core and minor requirements or of general interest
  • 1-12 credits research (Chem 990, section of your PI)
  • 1 credit group meeting (Chem 980, section of your PI)
  • 0 credits seminar (analytical – Chem 920; chembio – any; chem educ res – any; inorganic – Chem 900; materials – Chem 920; organic – Chem 940; physical – Chem 960)

Non-dissertators (2 credits; summer term)

  • 2 credits research (Chem 990, section of your PI)