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Program

Candidacy Examination

After passing the qualifying exam and typically before the start of a student's third year, the student takes a candidacy exam.

By passing the candidacy exam, the student demonstrates he/she can both:

  • Conceive, plan and design an original and creative research project on a topic important to advancing understanding in Materials Science;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

The candidacy exam will consist of two parts:

  1. A written proposal describing the student's intended dissertation on research;
  2. An oral defense of the proposal to the student's doctoral committee.

The defense will include an open seminar followed by a closed interview and examination by the Committee that can cover a broad range of topics related to the proposed dissertation research.

The outcome of the candidacy exam will be either 1) Full Pass, 2) Conditional Pass, or 3) Fail. Full pass enables the student to advance to candidacy with no further program requirements remaining other than the dissertation and annual meetings with the committee. A conditional pass will be awarded if the committee feels the student is lacking knowledge in a specific area that is vital to the proposed research.

The committee may recommend specific requirements for the student to fulfill in order to successfully advance to candidacy. These requirements may include taking and passing an additional course, preparing an appendix or response to questions that arose about the proposed research's viability, and or reconvening with the committee for a second oral examination.

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