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.

  1. DeadlinesFall 2022 RP RP 1-Page Summary Deadline: November 14th by 9amRP Oral Exam Deadline: January 23th by 3pmSpring 2023 RP Deadlines RP 1-Page Summary Deadline: January 30th by 9amRP Oral Exam Deadline: March 31st by 3pm
  2. Submit the RP 1 Page Summary here
  3. Schedule the RP Oral Exam directly with your Mentoring Committee
  4. Reserve the room and inform your Committee
  5. Request a Warrant at least 3 weeks before your Oral Exam. You can check your Warrants status here
  6. Bring the  RP Evaluation Form to the Oral Exam
  7. After the Oral Exam, submit the RP Evaluation Form and your RP here.
  8. If necessary, submit an RP Extension Request here

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)