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vinals [Physics Courses, required and by Sub-Field]
graduate_handbook:after_the_first_year [2019/07/09 13:31] (current)
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 5. In general, there is no need to list any courses ​in excess of the minimum requirements for a given degree. Substituting 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. 
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 +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. 
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 +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).
  
  
 ==== The Preliminary Oral Examination ==== ==== The Preliminary Oral Examination ====
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 The Preliminary Oral Examination is the last exam that needs to be passed before the student is formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy. The exam must taken by all Ph.D. students before the end of the third year. The goal of the exam is to determine whether a student has acquired enough knowledge to begin productive thesis-level research. The exam includes an oral defense of a thesis prospectus, with demonstration that the student has a reasonable plan for the thesis, as well as general knowledge of physics principles pertinent to the chosen field of research. ​ The Preliminary Oral Examination is the last exam that needs to be passed before the student is formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy. The exam must taken by all Ph.D. students before the end of the third year. The goal of the exam is to determine whether a student has acquired enough knowledge to begin productive thesis-level research. The exam includes an oral defense of a thesis prospectus, with demonstration that the student has a reasonable plan for the thesis, as well as general knowledge of physics principles pertinent to the chosen field of research. ​
  
-Preliminary Oral Examination committee needs to be set up by the adviser, which has to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The committee consists of  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 field. ​ Beside the adviser, there should be both an experimental and a theoretical faculty member in the student'​s subfield of physics.+After the Graduate Degree Plan is approved, a Preliminary Oral Examination committee needs to be set up by the student in consultation with the adviser. Normally 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 field. Beside the adviser, there should be both an experimental and a theoretical faculty member in the student'​s subfield of physics. Note that the adviser cannot be the committee chair. 
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 +Once the committee and the exam date have been set, the 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 granted, a 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 chair. After 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.
  
 After passing the oral exam, a student is eligible to take Ph.D. thesis 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). After passing the oral exam, a student is eligible to take Ph.D. thesis 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).
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 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]]. 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 Thesis and Its Defense ​==== +==== The Ph.D. Thesis and its defense ​====
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-The Thesis Defense Committee will be appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student and the adviser. This 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 3 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.+
  
-Before ​startingstudents ​should review the Graduate School thesis format [[http://www.grad.umn.edu/students/ThesisSubmission/index.html|rules]]. They should look at other theses, particularly 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 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 documentyou 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.
  
-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 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. After the reviewers sign the formthe student should give a copy of the thesis ​to all remaining members of the CommitteeThis should be at least one week before ​the defense. ​+Once the thesis ​is written, and before the oral defensestudents 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 OfficeThe thesis ​should ​also be given to the other committee members ​at least two weeks prior to the defense.
  
-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 calendarIt is the student responsibility to make sure that this announcement is madeAfter the seminarthere will be an opportunity ​for questions from anyone in attendance. Nextthe Committee ​will have an opportunity ​to privately question ​the student about the thesisAt this timegenerally, only questions about the thesis and related subjects are askedFinally, the Committee ​will excuse the student and take its vote. For a pass, there must be no more than  one dissenting vote+The thesis defense ​date and time is scheduled ​by the studentin consultation with the adviser ​and the committee members. When the defense ​is formally scheduled, ​the names of the committee members are entered by the student into the scheduling online interfaceThe 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 CommitteeIn the online formyou will designate three reviewers ​for the thesiswho will need to approve it as being ready for defense before ​the Graduate School will schedule your final defenseUsually, the adviser will be one of these reviewersThe Committee ​member from outside physics ​must be a thesis reviewer.
  
-The Graduate School permits an opportunity to graduate each 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 complete 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 portionThe 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 askedFinally, the Committee ​will excuse ​the student and take a vote. For a pass, there must be no more than one dissenting vote
  
 +The Graduate School permits an opportunity to graduate any 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 completed, 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. ​
  
 ===== Graduate courses required and by subfield ===== ===== Graduate courses required and by subfield =====
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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 ====
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 ==== 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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 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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