Third Year of Graduate School

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: Nov 1 – mid-Jan (day before the spring semester begins) and Feb 15 – April 30. See the extension due to the building closures 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. Examples written portion:

Due to the building closures the following extensions have been approved. 

A supplemental time period for the RP exam will be added in summer 2022 in addition to the time periods already set for next academic year for the Fall 2019 Class:

    • Fall 2021 Timeline: November 15, 2021 deadline for 1-page summary; January 15, 2022 deadline for oral defense
    • Spring 2022 Timeline: February 28, 2022 deadline for 1-page summary; April 30, 2022 deadline for oral defense
    • Summer 2022 Timeline: June 30, 2022 deadline for 1-page summary; August 15, 2022 deadline for oral defense

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)