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graduate_handbook:after_the_first_year [2018/04/04 13:38]
vinals [Some typical course programs]
graduate_handbook:after_the_first_year [2019/07/09 13:31] (current)
vinals [The Ph.D. Thesis and its defense]
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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 5Unless a course is needed ​to satisfy ​some requirements,​ do not list in the form even if you are planning to take it since substituting ​or deleting ​courses listed on the form 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 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 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).
-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 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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 ==== The Ph.D. Thesis and its defense ==== ==== 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 [[http://www.grad.umn.edu/students/ThesisSubmission/index.html|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 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.
  
 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. 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.
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