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 The oversight of the graduate program in Physics has been delegated by the Physics Graduate Faculty to the Graduate Education Committee. The Director of Graduate Studies acts as an ex-officio member of the Graduate Education Committee. Requests for exceptions to the stated policies, or suggestions for policy changes should be directed to the Graduate Education Committee either through its Chair, or through the Director of Graduate Studies. The Committee will consider such requests and suggestions and either take action itself or, as necessary, forward them with a recommendation to the Physics Graduate Faculty for action. The oversight of the graduate program in Physics has been delegated by the Physics Graduate Faculty to the Graduate Education Committee. The Director of Graduate Studies acts as an ex-officio member of the Graduate Education Committee. Requests for exceptions to the stated policies, or suggestions for policy changes should be directed to the Graduate Education Committee either through its Chair, or through the Director of Graduate Studies. The Committee will consider such requests and suggestions and either take action itself or, as necessary, forward them with a recommendation to the Physics Graduate Faculty for action.
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 +===== Requirements for satisfactory progress in the graduate program =====
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 +^ Requirement ^ Remedy for non compliance ^
 +| GWE passed at the end of the first year | One more chance at the end of the second year. Student should complete requirements for M.Sc. before the second attempt |
 +| Minimum GPA in graduate core classes of 3.3 | Classes need to be retaken to resolve the issue by the end of the second year |
 +| Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 | One year probationary period, not extensible. New classes counting towards the degree need to be taken to raise the cumulative GPA above 3.0 |
 +| Oral Preliminary Exam passed by the end of the third year | Adviser may petition for a six month extension |
 +| Satisfactory annual report of progress by Oral Committee for TA appointment renewal | No Teaching Assistant appointment beyond the third year will be offered unless a positive statement of progress is made within the three months prior to the first appointment in any twelve month period |
 +| Degree completed in a maximum of 8 years | Petition before the University is possible for a one year extension. Follow University guidelines |
 ===== Financial Support Policy ===== ===== Financial Support Policy =====
  
 1. The financial aid resources of the School of Physics and Astronomy consist of teaching assistantships ("TA appointments"​),​ research assistantships ("RA appointments"​),​ Graduate School Fellowships awarded to the School for stipends and tuition, and a few Endowed Graduate Fellowships. RA appointments are granted by individual faculty members supported by research funds, and are subject only to review by the School Head. Such appointments are contingent on the availability of research funds. Other appointments are made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (TA appointments),​ or faculty committees acting through the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). They are all reviewed by the School Head. From time to time, the School may nominate students for various other awards. These recommendations are made on a merit basis, and are subject to the policies of the particular award. 1. The financial aid resources of the School of Physics and Astronomy consist of teaching assistantships ("TA appointments"​),​ research assistantships ("RA appointments"​),​ Graduate School Fellowships awarded to the School for stipends and tuition, and a few Endowed Graduate Fellowships. RA appointments are granted by individual faculty members supported by research funds, and are subject only to review by the School Head. Such appointments are contingent on the availability of research funds. Other appointments are made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (TA appointments),​ or faculty committees acting through the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). They are all reviewed by the School Head. From time to time, the School may nominate students for various other awards. These recommendations are made on a merit basis, and are subject to the policies of the particular award.
  
-2. It is the policy of the School to support all graduate students making ​good academic progress on a 1/2 time basis. However, the resources available to the School may not permit such support in all cases. Thus, the School will generally allocate the available resources according to the policies specified here.+2. It is the policy of the School to support all graduate students making ​satisfactory ​academic progress on a 1/2 time basis. However, the resources available to the School may not permit such support in all cases. Thus, the School will generally allocate the available resources according to the policies specified here.
  
 3. Except in unusual cases, financial support for entering graduate students who do not receive fellowships will be in the form of a 1/2 time TA appointment. The TA appointment will be renewed for a second year subject to satisfactory academic progress by the student, and satisfactory performance of the required TA duties. Satisfactory academic progress does not require passing the graduate written examination during the first year. Graduate students who enter the program without financial aid, but who pass the graduate written examination will be treated in succeeding years as if they had entered with a 1/2 time TA appointment. 3. Except in unusual cases, financial support for entering graduate students who do not receive fellowships will be in the form of a 1/2 time TA appointment. The TA appointment will be renewed for a second year subject to satisfactory academic progress by the student, and satisfactory performance of the required TA duties. Satisfactory academic progress does not require passing the graduate written examination during the first year. Graduate students who enter the program without financial aid, but who pass the graduate written examination will be treated in succeeding years as if they had entered with a 1/2 time TA appointment.
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 ===== Preliminary Oral Examination ===== ===== Preliminary Oral Examination =====
  
-The preliminary oral exam must be passed by the end of the third year in our graduate programA six month extension ​is possible by petition ​to the DGS endorsed by the student's adviser.+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 exam 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.+preliminary ​Oral Examination committee needs to be set up by the student in consultation with the adviser. 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.
  
-At the end of the examination, ​the Committee has three options: pass, pass with reservations and failPass 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 examinationIf the student ​does not pass the examination10 weeks have to elapse before one allowed retakeDecisions ​of the committee ​must be approved ​by at least a 3 to 1 vote.+The exam is based on a concise written summary ​of a proposed PhD research project which may ultimately 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 before ​the examNote that this summary ​does not have to contain any original research done by the studentalthough it may have preliminary resultsThe exam begins with a presentation ​of the summary, which 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 narrow research area
  
 The examination should not exceed 90 minutes. ​ The examination should not exceed 90 minutes. ​
  
-The exam is based on a concise written summary ​of a proposed PhD research project which may ultimately 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 before ​the examNote that this summary ​does not have to contain any original research done by the studentalthough it may have preliminary resultsThe exam begins with a presentation ​of the summary, which 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 narrow research area+At the end of the examination, ​the Committee has three options: pass, pass with reservations and failPass 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 examinationIf the student ​does not pass the examination10 weeks have to elapse before one allowed retakeDecisions ​of the committee ​must be approved ​by at least a 3 to 1 vote. 
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 +Requirements:​
  
 1. Students should pass the Preliminary Oral Examination by the end of their third year. 1. Students should pass the Preliminary Oral Examination by the end of their third year.
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 5. Students must pass the preliminary oral examination at least one semester before receiving their Ph.D. degree. 5. Students must pass the preliminary oral examination at least one semester before receiving their Ph.D. degree.
  
-==== Grading Policy ====+===== Grading Policy ​=====
  
-1. At least two-thirds of all credit hours in an M.S. or a Ph.D. program must be taken on an A-N basis.+1. At least two-thirds of all credit hours in an M.Sc. or a Ph.D. program must be taken on an A-N basis.
  
-2. There are no formal grading restrictions on 8xxx level courses; however, an adviser may require a student to take at least one 8xxx course in the student'​s sub-field on an A-N basis.+2. There are no formal grading restrictions on 8000 level courses; however, an adviser may require a student to take at least one 8000 course in the student'​s sub-field on an A-N basis.
  
-3. The required core courses ​Physics ​5001/2 and 5011/2, if they are used on an M.S. or a Ph.D. program, must be taken on an A-N basis.+3. The required core courses ​PHYS 5001/2 and 5011/2, if they are used on an M.S. or a Ph.D. program, must be taken on an A-N basis.
  
 4. Instructors must clarify to students during the first two weeks of classes the standards of performance required under both the A-N and S-N grading systems. 4. Instructors must clarify to students during the first two weeks of classes the standards of performance required under both the A-N and S-N grading systems.
  
-==== Criteria for Registration Warnings and Holds ====+===== Criteria for Registration Warnings and Holds =====
  
 Registration warnings and holds may be issued for the following reasons: Registration warnings and holds may be issued for the following reasons:
  
-1. GPA below 3.3 for Ph.D students and 2.8 for M.S. students.+1. GPA below 3.3 in required core courses, or cumulative GPA below 3.0 for Ph.D students and 2.8 for M.S. students.
  
 2. More than 6 credits of "​Incomplete."​ 2. More than 6 credits of "​Incomplete."​
  
-3. No approved M.S. program (for M.S. students) by the end of the third semester+3. No approved M.Scgraduate degree ​program (for M.Sc. students) by the end of the third semester.
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-4. No approved Ph.D. program (for Ph.D. students) by the end of the third year. +
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-5. No submission of a Ph.D. Thesis Title Form by the beginning of the second semester following the passing of the preliminary oral examination.+
  
 +4. No approved Ph.D. graduate degree program (for Ph.D. students) by the end of the third year.
  
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