Ph.D. Program Policies
(A) Progress of Ph.D. Students
- Students in the Ph.D. program are encouraged to submit a dissertation proposal to the Graduate School for elevation to Ph.D. candidacy soon after passing the Preliminary Exam. For students admitted to the program in the Fall semester without Advanced Standing, the dissertation proposal must be submitted by the end of the 3rd year in the program. For all other students the due date for the proposal is determined in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
- After a student has been elevated to Ph.D. candidacy, she/he must provide the Dissertation Advisory Committee with an annual progress report, which is then signed by all the members of the committee, and then submitted to the Department Chair and the Graduate Chair. The report must include the following information: (i) title of the project; (ii) list of scientific goals from last year's report; (iii) list of scientific accomplishments over the past year; (iv) list of scientific goals for the next year; (v) projected graduation date. The report is due by April 30 of each year.
- Students admitted to the Ph.D. program without Advanced Standing should aim at defending their theses within 6 years of entering the program. Extensions of the allowed time beyond 7 years must be approved by the Department Chair and the Graduate Chair.
- With the approval of the Graduate Chair, graduate students may carry out thesis research for a Ph.D. degree in Physics in another department, under the joint supervision of a faculty member from the other department and a member of the Physics Graduate Faculty, with the Dissertation Advisory Committee chaired by the latter. The financial support of the student must be arranged in consultation with the Physics Chair.
- Graduate students may carry out their Ph.D. research under the supervision of faculty members with a joint appointment in the Physics Department. The financial support of the student must be arranged in consultation with the Physics Chair.