Ph.D. Ontogeny

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This page is for graduate students pursuing a Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) degree in EEB and their advisor(s). This document is provided as a convenience, but please consult the Graduate Catalog for authoritative information, or for clarification and elaboration of information found here. If you would like this information in the form of a table that can be printed, filled in and kept on file, Eric Schultz's original Ph.D. Ontogeny documents can be downloaded in either Word or PDF format. There is a corresponding ontogeny for M.S. students.

Full course load

The 2013/2014 Graduate Catalog says (p. 15) that a full time on-campus student must enroll in 6 or more credits if holding a 50% (or greater) TA or RA (9 credits if not a TA/RA). If working on an off-campus project, see the Graduate Catalog for details.

Advisory committee

Formation of the advisory committee is recommended by the beginning of the second semester. The committee should include at least 3 faculty members: the major advisor, a second advisor (normally from EEB), and a third advisor, who must be a member of the graduate faculty at UConn.

Plan of Study

EEB recommends that the Plan of Study be filed with the Graduate School by the (end of the?) third semester.

Foreign Language/Related Area requirement

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate field of study has no foreign language/related area requirement

General examination

Within 5 years of commencing doctoral study (4 years if entry with a related Master's). No later than 8 months prior to completion. EEB recommendation is by the end of the second year. Attended and conducted by the advisory committee, and others (no fewer than five faculty members).

Dissertation proposal submitted

Should occur no later than 6 months prior to degree completion. EEB recommendation is by end of third year. Advisory committee (major advisor and more than 2 members of committee) reviews proposal and recommends additional reviewers, which may include faculty in other departments and may be outside the university.

Candidacy status

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

"Working copy" dissertation filed

Degree must be completed after at least 3 years of study beyond baccalaureate (2 years beyond Master's in related subject) and within 8 years of commencing doctoral study (7 years if entry with a related Master's). The Tentative Approval Page must be filed at least 7 days prior to examination. Please see the Graduate School Dissertation Information web page for details.


Final dissertation approval pages must be received by August 31, December 31 or 13 days prior to commencement. Not fewer than 5 faculty members must participate, including advisory committee. Notice of the examination must be submitted to the UConn Events Calendar at least 2 weeks prior to the event; Lectures, Meetings and Conferences section and at the campus where the defense/presentation is taking place.