Third Year of PhD Program

Original Research Proposal Examination (RP)

The examination will consist of a written proposal and an oral defense. The details about the exam are here: RP Requirements. There are 2 time periods to take the RP exam, which are listed below. If the oral exam cannot be scheduled during this period, please submit the RP Extension Request Form. The student brings the evaluation form and the prelim warrant form to the oral exam.

  • Fall 2022 RP Deadlines
    • RP 1-Page Summary Deadline: November 14th by 9am
    • RP Oral Exam Deadline: January 24th by 5pm
  • Spring 2023 RP Deadlines
    • RP 1-Page Summary Deadline: February 27th by 9am
    • RP Oral Exam Deadline: April 28th by 5pm

RP 1-Page Summary and Full Report Examples:


Entrance to PhD Candidacy – Dissertator Status

Successful completion of the RP, along with the other program requirements (TBE, coursework) will complete the requirement for admission to candidacy, i.e., dissertator status.


Request warrant for Research Proposal

At least 3 weeks before oral defense, request warrant for Research Proposal here. The student brings the warrant and the RP Evaluation Form to the oral exam. If the oral defense is done virtually, some suggestions are here.


Enrollment Credit Requirements

See the Registrar for deadlines related to course enrollment.

Dissertators (3 credits; fall and spring semesters; summer term)

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

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)