Fifth Year


During the fifth year of the program, students complete their research and progress to their final dissertation defense. The dissertation resulting from the student's graduate research must represent significant contribution to knowledge in chemistry. Its importance should be sufficient to warrant the acceptance for publication of a paper based upon it by one of the respected journals of chemistry or a related scientific area. A reading committee composed of the advisor and at least two graduate faculty members will consider the merit of the dissertation in detail. The student’s advisor selects this committee, see Procedures for Selection of Final Oral Examination Committee. The student must initiate an “Application to Graduate” form in Gradforms for the Graduate School no later than the second Friday of the semester in which graduation is expected, see  Graduation Procedures.

Divisional requirements and timelines for the final oral examination are listed in the2016 Summary of Procedures and Requirement [pdf] and Graduate School requirements are listed in the Graduate School Handbook, but students should note that the process takes many weeks to complete and should plan accordingly.

Students who are unable to complete the Ph.D. program by the end of the fifth year must petition for continued financial support and complete the  post-candidacy progress report.  The focus of this report is to discuss goals and progress on the road to publication and graduation and it must be completed by May 30th of every year.

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