Timeline for Progress Towards the PhD

YEAR 1
 

Submit completed benefits forms

By September 2

Participate in Welcome Week activities

August 29-Sept. 2

Register for fall semester courses

By September 2

First day of classes

September 6

Set up 3 rotations and submit Rotation Schedule form to Office

By September 12

Lab Rotation 1

Sept 12 – Oct 7

Lab Rotation 2

Oct 10 – Nov 4

Lab Rotation 3

Nov 7 – Dec 2

Choose Thesis Lab and submit Choice of Lab form to Office

By December 5

Begin in Thesis Lab

By December 5

Register for spring classes and 990 research credits under the department of the Thesis Advisor

By beginning of Spring semester

Attend Ethics seminar

April

Complete all coursework, including required ethics course

By August 31

 
YEAR 2
 

Attend Ethics seminar

April

Form Thesis Committee and submit Curriculum Certification form to Office

By May 31

Schedule Written Preliminary Exam and notify Office of date (at least one month in advance)

By July 31

Complete Written Preliminary Exam and submit electronic and hard copy of exam to Office

By August 31

 
YEAR 3
 

Schedule Oral Preliminary Exam and notify Office of date (at least one month in advance)

By November 31

Complete Oral Preliminary Exam and submit signed warrant to Office

By December 31

Attend Ethics Seminar

April

Schedule Progress Report meeting with Thesis Committee

By May 31

Complete Progress Report meeting and submit Progress Report form to Office

By August 31

 YEAR 4 & 5
 

Attend Ethics Seminar

April

Schedule Progress Report meeting with Thesis Committee

By May 31

Complete Progress Report meeting and submit Progress Report form to Office

By August 31

 
FINAL YEAR
 

Write Thesis

Schedule Thesis Defense and notify Office of date, time, room location and title of defense (at least 3 weeks in advance)

Defend Thesis and submit necessary paperwork to Office and Graduate School