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Path to Degree

The following is a representative timeline for the Ph.D. Program in Chemistry. Individual timelines will vary according to research project, student productivity, etc.
 
Year 1
 
•   Pass three First Level Courses
•   Pass First Examination
•   Organic students start CUME exams after passing First Examination
•   Register for and attend Seminar Day in Fall and Spring
•   Earn up to 30 credits
•   Attend Chem 79500 seminars to meet research mentors
•   Online and in-person course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
•   Perform two lab rotations in the Fall
•   Select research mentor in December
•   Begin doctoral research project in Spring
•   Apply for external pre-doctoral fellowships (optional)
 
 
Year 2
 
•   Continue doctoral dissertation research
•   Pass Advanced Elective Courses
•   Organic students complete CUME exams
•   Register for and attend Seminar Day in Fall and Spring
•   Present First Seminar at Seminar Day
•   Earn up to 30 credits
•   Advance to Level II (45 credits required)
•   Select Dissertation Committee
•   Hold first Annual Committee Meeting
•   Prepare and defend Second Level Proposal (Second Examination)
•   Advance to Ph.D. Candidacy (Level III) by end of Summer (60 credits required)
•   Undergraduate teaching (if requested by mentor)
 
Year 3
 
•   Continue doctoral dissertation research
•   Register for and attend Seminar Day in Fall and Spring
•   Hold Annual Committee Meeting
•   Attend national or international conference to present research findings
•   Prepare research findings for publication
•   Undergraduate teaching (if requested by mentor)
•   Apply for Doctoral Student Research Grant (optional)
 
Year 4
 
•   Continue doctoral dissertation research
•   Register for and attend Seminar Day in Fall and Spring
•   Present Second Seminar at Seminar Day
•   Hold Annual Committee Meeting
•   Attend national or international conference to present research findings
•   Prepare research findings for publication
•   Undergraduate teaching (if requested by mentor)
•   Apply for Dissertation Fellowship (optional)
 
Year 5
 
•   Continue doctoral dissertation research
•   Undergraduate teaching (if requested by mentor)
•   Prepare research findings for publication
•   Attend national or international conference to present research findings
•   Prepare thesis
•   Schedule Thesis Defense at least eight weeks in advance
•   Defend and Deposit Dissertation