Doctor of Philosophy
Of the 72 credits required for the degree, students are expected to complete a minimum of 24 credits of graded coursework, including CHEM 7010 (Research Seminar I: Introduction to Research) and CHEM 7020 (Research Seminar II: Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics). In addition, students are expected to complete CHEM 7030 (Research Seminar III: Preparation for Ph.D. Candidacy Exam), CHEM 7021 (Communicating Research to Diverse Audiences) and CHEM 7031 (The Art of Scientific Writing).
Students are expected to pass an advanced two-part examination involving (1) an overview of their current research problem, including a testable hypothesis, the relationship of the project to related work of others and a detailed summary of the progress to date and (2) a critique of an assigned journal article related to their area of research.
Students are expected to complete all requirements stated above by the conclusion of their fourth semester of study.
In their third year, students are expected to demonstrate research progress by participating in a competitive departmental poster session.
In their fourth year, students are expected to deliver a public research seminar followed by a presentation to their doctoral committee of the final outline of their thesis.
Students are expected to undertake a minimum of two semesters of training in pedagogy as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Students are expected to write and defend a dissertation.