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Advancement to Candidacy
Preliminary examinations, or such other substantial tests as the graduate programs may elect, are prerequisites for advancement to candidacy. A student must be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate within five years after admission to the doctoral program and at least six months before the date on which the degree will be conferred. It is the responsibility of the student to submit an application for admission to candidacy when all the requirements for candidacy have been fulfilled. Applications for admission to candidacy are made in duplicate by the student and submitted to the graduate program for further action and transmission to the Graduate School . Application forms may be obtained at the Graduate School, Room 2123, Lee Building, or on the Biophysics Program website. Paperwork must be received by the Graduate School prior to the 25th of the month in order for the advancement to become effective the first day of the following month.
Doctoral candidates are automatically registered for six (6) credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research (899), for which they pay the flat candidacy tuition.
The student completes the preliminary stage of his/her research and by the end of the fifth semester students must present a research proposal. The research proposal is a scholarly paper that demonstrates the ability of the candidate to analyze the topic/subject of his/her research, present preliminary data and a realistic plan for the project. We do not stipulate the length or specific format, but the written proposal must have elements of a typical grant application: background and significance, problem statement, aims, preliminary data and research plan. The written proposal is sent to a committee of 3-4 faculty a week before oral presentation. A formal presentation related to the research proposal must also be completed.
Advancement to candidacy cannot be less than six months prior to the students Ph.D. defense.