Statement of Mutual Expectations between Physics and its Graduate Students
Graduate students in CMNS doctoral programs are expected to develop a mastery of their field, and gain familiarity with their discipline from arrival to graduation.
In particular, full-time doctoral students in Physics who arrive with a baccalaureate degree normally will:
- Pass Ph.D. Qualifier Exam by end of 2nd year.
- Become engaged in research no later than the end of their 2nd year, and often before that;
- Identify a thesis adviser by the beginning of their 3rd year.
- Identify a thesis topic by the end of their 3rd year.
- Secure admission to candidacy within 3-4 years.
- Submit at least one paper for publication prior to graduation.
- Complete all requirements and graduate within 7 years.
Graduate students in CMNS doctoral programs normally may expect:
- A wide selection of courses.
- Advice and mentoring by faculty in their program prior to the selection of an adviser.
- From their adviser (or, in some instances the program):
- Regular access and advice during the research and thesis writing process.
- Training in the preparation of oral and written scholarly presentations; in particular, advice and support for the writing of at least one paper for publication.
- Introductions, for example at conferences, to other members of the field.
- Assistance and advice with job searches.