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Annual Review of Doctoral Candidates

The Graduate Council requires that all doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy meet annually with at least two members of the Dissertation Committee. The annual review is part of the Graduate Council's efforts to improve the doctoral completion rate and to shorten the time it takes the students to obtain a doctorate.


Click here for a copy of the Physics Department annual progress report form.

Students are normally in good academic standing if they:

1) are making adequate progress toward the completion of degree requirements,

2) have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0, and

3) do not have an excessive number of Incomplete grades on their records.  


Criteria for evaluation student progress:

1) a grade-point average above a 3.0;

2) specific courses completed at a given level of performance;

3) departmental preliminary exams passed before a student officially joins a research group;

4) acceptance by a faculty member who agrees to supervise the student's research and to serve as chair of the dissertation committee;

5) certain general requirements, such as passing the qualifying exam, completed within a clearly specified period.