Ph.D. Ontogeny

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Note that this information is out-of-date. The Grad Curriculum Committee is working on updates and hopes to have them posted here soon; in the meantime direct questions to Chris Elphick.

This page is for graduate students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in EEB and their advisers. This document is provided as a convenience, and it is important to consult the Graduate Catalog for authoritative information on university-level requirements, or for clarification and elaboration of information found here. A more detailed account of EEB's academic guidelines for PhD students is available in the EEB Student Handbook<LINK COMING SOON]. If Graduate School guidelines conflict with the EEB Handbook, please notify Chris Elphick immediately. There is a corresponding ontogeny for MS students.

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Full course load

The Graduate Catalog (available on the Graduate School web site) says that a full time on-campus student must enroll in 6 or more credits if holding a 50% (or greater) TA/RA or 9 credits if not on a TA/RA. If working on an off-campus project, see the Graduate Catalog for details.

Advisory committee

EEB PhD students are expected to:

- Form a provisional committee of at least 3 faculty members, including the major adviser, before the start of the second semester.

- Finalize committee membership before the end of the third semester.

- Meet with their committee at least annually.

Plan of Study

EEB PhD students are expected to submit a Plan of Study to the Graduate School before the end of the third semester. See the Graduate School web site for the latest information on what the Plan of Study entails.

Foreign Language/Related Area requirement

The EEB graduate field of study has no foreign language/related area requirement, although individual committees may set requirements based a given student’s project needs (e.g., a language requirement may applied to a student working in a foreign country).

General examination

EEB PhD students are expected to take their general exam before the end of the fourth semester. See the EEB Graduate Handbook for more information on what this exam entails.

Dissertation proposal submitted

EEB PhD students are expected to defend in a committee meeting, and then submit, their dissertation proposal (also sometimes called a prospectus) before the end of the fifth semester. See the Graduate School web site for the latest information on university standards for the dissertation proposal.

Candidacy status

Candidacy status is conferred after the dissertation proposal is approved by all reviewers, is signed by the department Head, and finally is approved by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council.

Dissertation defense

EEB PhD students are expected to defend their dissertation before the end of their tenth semester.

Prior to the defense:

- The oral portion of your defense must be announced in the University Events Calendar at least two weeks before the defense date (see Graduate School web site for details).

- A "Dissertation Tentative Approval Page" must be submitted to the Graduate School at least two weeks before the defense date (see Graduate School web site for details). This form indicates that your committee has tentatively approved the dissertation ... which means that they should have seen all substantive parts of it, consequently, you should also:

- Distribute a complete draft of your dissertation chapters to your committee at least three weeks before the defense date.

- Check the Graduate School web site for other university requirements associated with completing your dissertation.

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