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vinals [Qualifying exams, Exam committees]
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vinals [The Ph.D. Thesis and its defense]
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 ====== Beyond the First Year ====== ====== Beyond the First Year ======
  
-The second year of graduate school is a transitional period between the coursework and the beginning of a research career. M.Sc. degree students should finish by the end of this year. Ph.D. students should complete the following by the end of the second year: pass the GWE, find a thesis advisor, start preparing for the oral exam, finish the required coursework except for a few advanced topics courses, and start on the thesis research. During the third and subsequent years, research will occupy most if not all your time.+The second year of graduate school is a transitional period between the coursework and the beginning of a research career. M.Sc. degree students should finish by the end of this year. Ph.D. students should complete the following by the end of the second year: pass the written exam, find a thesis advisor, start preparing for the oral exam, finish the required coursework except for a few advanced topics courses, and start on the thesis research.
  
  
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 ==== The Graduate Degree Plan ==== ==== The Graduate Degree Plan ====
  
-A Graduate Degree Plan is required for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. It is formally stated on a form available online [[http://policy.umn.edu/forms/otr/otr198.pdf]]. For M.Sc. degree candidates, the form should be submitted after completion of 10 credits. For Ph.D. degree candidates the form should be submitted at least two weeks before the Preliminary Oral Examination. The Graduate Degree Plan lists all the courses that students have taken and will take for the degree. Courses must also be identified as to whether they satisfy the major or minor requirements. Any transfer courses from other graduate institutions should also be listed on the Graduate Degree Plan Form, and it is at this point that they become part of the student official graduate record at the University of Minnesota. When the form is completed, it must be signed by the adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies, and then submitted to the Graduate School. If there is a designated minor (outside physics), the form must also be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies for the minor field.+A Graduate Degree Plan is required for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. It is entered in a form available online ​at [[https://onestop.umn.edu/node/104866/attachment]]. For M.Sc. degree candidates, the form should be submitted after completion of 10 credits. For Ph.D. degree candidates the form should be submitted at least two weeks before the Preliminary Oral Examination. ​
  
-This list of program ​courses ​must satisfy ​the degree ​requirements listed in Chapters 4 and 5In general, there is no need to list any courses in excess of the minimum ​requirements ​for a given degreeSubstituting or deleting ​courses listed on the form requires submitting a revised ​Graduate Degree Plan form to the Graduate School ​that must be first signed by the adviser and the Director ​of Graduate Studies.+The Graduate Degree Plan lists all the courses ​that students have taken and will take for the degree. ​Courses must also be identified as to whether they satisfy ​the major or minor requirements. ​Any transfer ​courses ​from other graduate institutions should also be listed on the Graduate Degree Plan Form. It is precisely at this point that transfer credits become part of the student official graduate record at the University ​of Minnesota.
  
 +When the form is completed, it must be signed by the adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies, and then submitted to the Graduate School. If there is a designated minor (outside physics), the form must also be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies for the minor field.
  
-==== The Preliminary Oral Examination ====+The list of courses must satisfy the degree requirements given in Chapters 4 and 5. Unless a course is needed to satisfy some requirement,​ do not list it in the form even if you are planning to take it. Substituting or deleting courses listed on a signed and approved Graduate Degree Plan requires paperwork (submitting a revised Graduate Degree Plan form to the Graduate School that must be first signed by the adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies).
  
-For each Ph.D. student, the Preliminary Oral Examination committee will be set up by the Director of Graduate Studies when the Graduate Degree Plan form is submitted. This committee administers the Preliminary Oral Examination. This committee is also likely to significantly overlap with the committee that will be appointed to  review the Ph.D. thesis and administer the final oral thesis defense. The committee consists of  four members, three from Physics and one from outside Physics ​ (for example, MIfA, EECS, CEMS). If there is a minor, the outside member should be from the minor field. ​ Beside the adviser, there should be both an experimental and a theoretical faculty member in the student'​s subfield of physics. The adviser cannot serve as the chair. If a change in the committee is necessary after the degree program has been filed, the Director of Graduate Studies can request it from the Graduate School. 
  
-M.S. students have only one committee. It consists of three members, two from Physics and one from outside Physics. ​ If a minor is declared, the third member must be from the minor field.  ​The committee task is to review the thesis or the project, and administer a final oral examination.+==== The Preliminary Oral Examination ====
  
-The Preliminary Oral Examination is normally taken by Ph.D. students during their third yearThis exam must be passed ​by the end of the third year, although in rare cases the Director of Graduate Studies may approve taking this exam at a later date (See Chapter 6 for more information). The examination should not exceed 90 minutes. The exam is based on concise written summary of a potential PhD research ​project, which may form the basis for the Ph.D. thesis. ​ The recommended length is between 10 and 15 pages (double spaced). It should be given to all the committee members at least two weeks in advance. This summary is written in close consultation with the adviser. The oral is not scheduled until the adviser agrees that it is ready for close examination. Note that this summary does not have to take the form of a thesis ​proposalnor need it contain any original research done by the student. The exam begins with presentation of the summarywhich should last no more than 20 minutes, although questions during this part may extend this time period. The presentation is followed by questions from the committee. The balance of the exam should consist of questions suggested by the research summary and how it fits into the general ​framework ​of physics, but not necessarily confined ​to the research ​area. The courses listed on the Degree Program form the basis for this general part of the exam.+The Preliminary Oral Examination is the last exam that needs to be passed before the student is formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacyThe exam must taken by all Ph.D. students before ​the end of the third year. The goal of the exam is to determine whether ​student has acquired enough knowledge to begin productive thesis-level ​research. The exam includes an oral defense ​of a thesis ​prospectuswith demonstration that the student ​has reasonable plan for the thesisas well as general ​knowledge ​of physics ​principles pertinent ​to the chosen field of research. ​
  
-The goal of the examination ​is to determine whether ​student has acquired enough tools to begin productive thesis-level research as well as the general knowledge of physics necessary to begin functioning as a professional physicist ​At ​the end of the examination, the Committee has three options: passpass with reservations and fail. Pass with reservations means that the student will need to do some specific work in order to lift the reservations. The nature ​of the work will be communicated to the student in writing within one week after the examination ​If ​the student does not pass the examination10 weeks have to elapse before ​retakeDecisions of the Committee must be approved by at least a 3 to 1 vote.  For more details, check http://​www.catalogs.umn.edu/​grad/​gen/​phd.html.+After the Graduate Degree Plan is approved, ​Preliminary Oral Examination committee needs to be set up by the student in consultation with the adviserNormally ​the student will contact potential committee membersand once the committee is set, the student will find an appropriate date on which to hold the exam. The committee consists ​of at least four members, three from Physics and one from outside Physics (for example, MIfA, EECS, CEMS, etc.). If there is a minor, ​the outside member should ​be from the minor fieldBeside ​the adviserthere should be both an experimental and theoretical faculty member in the student'​s subfield of physicsNote that the adviser cannot ​be the committee chair.
  
-After passing ​the oral exam, student ​is eligible ​to take Ph.D. thesis credits (Physics 8888). 24 of these credits are required for the Ph.DdegreeThese should ​be taken immediately beginning ​the semester ​after passing ​the oral, up to the 14 credit limit per semester Once these credits are completed, the student is considered to be “All But Dissertation” (ABD), and the tuition costs to the adviser or the department decrease dramatically.+Once the committee and the exam date have been setthe student ​needs to officially schedule the exam with the Graduate School at [[https://​onestop.umn.edu/​academics/​doctoral-oral-exam-scheduling]]Approval will be sought by the adviser, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the College. Only after the approval is granteda printed exam form will be generated. The student needs to pick up the form from the Graduate School, take it to the exam, and give it to the committee chairAfter the exam, the committee will sign the form giving the outcome of the exam, and return it to the student, who must return it to the Graduate School.
  
-For additional detailsplease click [[https://​zzz.physics.umn.edu/​dgs_advice/​oral_exam#​paper_and_presentation|here]].+After passing the oral exama student is eligible to take Ph.Dthesis credits (PHYS 8888)24 of these credits are required for the Ph.D. degree. These should be taken immediately beginning the semester after passing the oral, up to the 14 credit limit per semester. Once these credits are completed, the student is considered to be “All But Dissertation” (ABD).
  
 +Detailed policies pertaining to the Preliminary Oral Examination are given [[http://​zzz.physics.umn.edu/​graduate_handbook/​physics_graduate_policies?&#​preliminary_oral_examination|in the Physics Graduate Policies]]. later Additional advice is given in the [[https://​zzz.physics.umn.edu/​dgs_advice/​oral_exam#​paper_and_presentation|advice from the DGS section]].
  
 +==== The Ph.D. Thesis and its defense ====
  
 +The Ph.D. thesis represents the capstone of your graduate student career. The first part is the preparation of a written document summarizing your original research. Before beginning to prepare the document, you should review the Graduate School thesis format [[https://​assets.asr.umn.edu/​files/​gssp/​Thesis_formatting_guidelines.pdf|requirements]]. You should look at other prior theses as examples, particularly those in the same specialty area. Keep in mind that many students have developed electronic templates and packages to format the thesis.
  
-==== The Thesis and Its Defense ====+Once the thesis is written, and before the oral defense, students must request a Graduation Packet. Requests for a Graduation Packet can be made up to one semester before the thesis defense. Included in the packet are the Thesis Reviewer'​s Report, Application for Degree, and Preparing Doctoral Dissertation. Complete copies of the thesis should be given to the thesis reviewers at least three weeks before the defense. ​The Thesis ​Reviewer'​s Report form must be signed by the thesis reviewers at least one week before the thesis defense is scheduled, ​and taken to the Graduate Office. The thesis should also be given to the other committee members at least two weeks prior to the defense.
  
-The Thesis Defense Committee will be appointed ​by the Director of Graduate Studies ​in consultation with the student ​and the adviserThis Committee ​is often the same as the Preliminary Oral Exam Committee, but it need not be. The adviser ​can not be the chair of the Thesis Defense Committee. ​The Director of Graduate Studies ​will designate ​reviewers for the thesis, who will need to approve ​the thesis ​as being ready for defense before the Graduate School will schedule your final defense. Usually, the adviser will be one of these reviewers. The Committee member from outside physics must be a thesis reviewer.+The thesis defense date and time is scheduled ​by the student, ​in consultation with the adviser ​and the committee membersWhen the defense ​is formally scheduled, ​the names of the committee members are entered by the student into the scheduling online interface. The composition of the committee is then approved by the adviser ​and by the Director of Graduate Studies. Note that the adviser cannot serve as the chair of the Thesis Defense Committee. ​In the online form, you will designate ​three reviewers for the thesis, who will need to approve ​it as being ready for defense before the Graduate School will schedule your final defense. Usually, the adviser will be one of these reviewers. The Committee member from outside physics must be a thesis reviewer.
  
-Before starting, students should review the Graduate School ​thesis ​format [[http://​www.grad.umn.edu/​students/​ThesisSubmission/​index.html|rules]]. They should look at other thesesparticularly those in the same specialty area, to get an idea of how theses are organizedNote that many students ​have developed electronic templates and packages ​to format ​the thesis.+The thesis ​defense consists of a public and a private portionThe public portion is a one hour seminarBecause the thesis presentation is required to be public by the Universitythe time and place of the thesis defense must be announced ​in the weekly departmental calendar. It is the student responsibility ​to make sure that this announcement is made. After the seminar, there will be an opportunity for questions from anyone in attendanceNext, the Committee will have an opportunity ​to privately question the student about the thesis. At this time, generally, only questions about the thesis and related subjects are asked. Finally, the Committee will excuse the student and take a vote. For a pass, there must be no more than one dissenting vote
  
-Before the thesis defense students must request a Graduation Packet. Requests for a Graduation Packet can be made up to one semester before ​the thesis defenseIncluded in the packet are the Thesis Reviewer'​s Report, ​Application for Degree, and Preparing Doctoral Dissertation. Complete copies of the thesis should be given to the thesis reviewers at least three weeks before the defense. The Thesis Reviewer'​s Report ​form must be signed ​by the thesis reviewers at least one week before ​the thesis defense is scheduled. After the reviewers sign the form, the student ​should give a copy of the thesis to all remaining members ​of the CommitteeThis should ​be at least one week before ​the defense+The Graduate School permits an opportunity ​to graduate any month of the yearIf the Graduate ​Application for Degree form is submitted ​by the end of the first business day of the month, the student ​will graduate as of that month provided all other requirements are completed, and all forms are in the Graduate School office by the end of the last business day of the monthOtherwise, the date of the degree will be delayed until the month in which all the requirements are completed
  
-The thesis defense consists of a public ​and a private portion. The public portion is a one hour seminar. Because the thesis presentation is required to be public ​by the University, the time and place of the thesis defense must be announced in the weekly departmental calendar. It is the student responsibility to make sure that this announcement is made. After the seminar, there will be an opportunity for questions from anyone in attendance. Next, the Committee will have an opportunity to privately question the student about the thesis. At this time, generally, only questions about the thesis and related subjects are asked. Finally, the Committee will excuse the student and take its vote. For a pass, there must be no more than  one dissenting vote. +===== Graduate courses required ​and by subfield =====
  
-The Graduate School permits an opportunity to graduate each month of the year. If the Graduate Application for Degree form is submitted by the end of the first business day of the month, the student will graduate as of that month provided all other requirements are complete and all forms are in the Graduate School office by the end of the last business day of the month. Otherwise, the date of the degree will be delayed until the month in which all the requirements are completed. ​ 
  
  
-====Courses ====+==== Required Core Courses ====
-==== Physics Courses by Sub-Field ==== +
- +
-**Core Courses - Required**+
  
 5001: Quantum Mechanics I 5001: Quantum Mechanics I
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 5201: Thermal and Statistical Mechanics 5201: Thermal and Statistical Mechanics
  
-5072: Best Practices in College Physics Teachings - 2 semesters (required to be a TA)+5072: Best Practices in College Physics Teachings - Total of 3 credits in 2 semesters (required to be a TA)
  
-**Atomic Physics and Optics**+==== Atomic Physics and Optics ​====
  
 4711: Introduction to Optics 4711: Introduction to Optics
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 8161: Atomic and Molecular Structure 8161: Atomic and Molecular Structure
  
-**Biophysics and Medical Physics**+==== Biophysics and Medical Physics ​====
  
 5081: Introduction to Biopolymer Physics 5081: Introduction to Biopolymer Physics
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 8300: Biological and Medical Physics Seminar 8300: Biological and Medical Physics Seminar
  
-**Condensed Matter Physics**+==== Condensed Matter Physics ​====
  
 4211: Introduction to Solid State Physics 4211: Introduction to Solid State Physics
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 8700: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar 8700: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar
  
-**Elementary Particle Physics**+==== Elementary Particle Physics ​====
  
 4511: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics 4511: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
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 8900: Seminar: Elementary Particle Physics 8900: Seminar: Elementary Particle Physics
  
-**Mathematical,​ Advanced Quantum, and Computational Physics**+==== Mathematical,​ Advanced Quantum, and Computational Physics ​====
  
-5041Analytical and Numerical ​Methods ​of Physics I+4041Computational ​Methods ​in the Physical Sciences
  
-5042Analytical and Numerical ​Methods ​of Physics ​II+5041Mathematical ​Methods ​for Physics
  
 8001: Advanced Quantum Mechanics 8001: Advanced Quantum Mechanics
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 8301: Symmetry and its Application to Physical Problems 8301: Symmetry and its Application to Physical Problems
  
-**Nuclear Physics**+==== Nuclear Physics ​====
  
 4511: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics 4511: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
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 8800: Seminar: Nuclear Physics 8800: Seminar: Nuclear Physics
  
-**Plasma and Space Physics**+==== Plasma and Space Physics ​====
  
 4611: Introduction to Space Physics 4611: Introduction to Space Physics
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 8600: Seminar: Space Physics 8600: Seminar: Space Physics
  
-**Relativity and Cosmology**+==== Relativity and Cosmology ​====
  
 5022: Relativity, Cosmology, and the Universe 5022: Relativity, Cosmology, and the Universe
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 8200: Seminar: Cosmology and Astrophysics 8200: Seminar: Cosmology and Astrophysics
  
-**Physics Education**+==== Physics Education ​====
  
 8100: Seminar: Problems of Physics Teaching and Higher Education 8100: Seminar: Problems of Physics Teaching and Higher Education
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 Typical course programs for various sub-fields can be found [[http://​zzz.physics.umn.edu/​dgs_advice/​classes_to_take|here]]. Typical course programs for various sub-fields can be found [[http://​zzz.physics.umn.edu/​dgs_advice/​classes_to_take|here]].
  
-Typical courses for first year students were discussed in the previous section. In the succeeding years, the selection of courses will depend on the student'​s research field and on whether the student is a theorist or experimentalist. Some of these courses are not offered every year. By the second year a student should be regularly attending the chosen research group'​s seminars. After 24-28 credits of course work during the first year, another 12-16 credits are required for the Ph.D. program. Since most of the 8xxx classes are 3 credits, 4 to 6 such courses, along with the group seminar, will be needed.  +Typical courses for first year students were discussed in the previous section. In succeeding years, the selection of courses will depend on the student'​s research fieldand on whether the student is a theorist or experimentalist. Some of these courses are not offered every year. After 24-28 credits of course work during the first year, another 12-16 credits are required for the Ph.D. program. Since most of the 8xxx classes are 3 credits, 4 to 6 such courses, along with the group seminar, will be needed.  
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 +A few suggestions for the second year follow:
  
 == Condensed Matter Experiment == == Condensed Matter Experiment ==
 ^ Fall ^ Spring ^ ^ Fall ^ Spring ^
 | 8711: Solid State Physics I | 8712: Solid State Physics II | | 8711: Solid State Physics I | 8712: Solid State Physics II |
-| Material Science or Engineering elective | 8702: Statistical Mechanics ​II |+| Material Science or Engineering elective | 8702: Advanced ​Statistical Mechanics ​and Transport ​|
 | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter | | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter |
  == Condensed Matter Theory ==  == Condensed Matter Theory ==
 ^ Fall ^ Spring ^ ^ Fall ^ Spring ^
 | 8711: Solid State Physics I | 8712: Solid State Physics II | | 8711: Solid State Physics I | 8712: Solid State Physics II |
-| 8001: Advanced Quantum Mechanics | 8702: Statistical Mechanics ​II |+| 8001: Advanced Quantum Mechanics | 8702: Advanced ​Statistical Mechanics ​and Transport|
 | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter | | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter | 8700: Seminar: Condensed Matter |
 == High Energy Experiment == == High Energy Experiment ==
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