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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics

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Ph.D. Program: Checklist for New Students

Ph.D. graduate students in the Institute are encouraged to follow these guidelines to ensure timely progress towards their graduate degree.

  1. When first arriving, please contact the Degree Program Assistant (Center for Applied Genetic Technologies, Room136) to inform the department of your arrival.
  2. Work with the Degree Program Assistant to complete forms for your assistantship, and to be assigned an office and a mailbox and obtain keys to building, offices, and laboratories.
  3. Make an appointment with your Major Professor to be advised on courses to take during your first semester.
  4. After being advised, contact Degree Program Assistant (Center for Applied Genetic Technologies, Room 136) to be cleared for registration.
  5. During the first and second semesters, work with your Major Professor to prepare drafts of your Program of Study and research proposal, and to identify committee members for your Advisory Committee. Before the end of the second semester, hold a meeting of your Advisory Committee in which your Final Program of Study and your research proposal are approved.
  6. Once the courses in your Program of Study are completed, contact your Advisory Committee to hold a Comprehensive Examination (also called preliminary exam), which consists of a written exam from each committee member and an oral exam with all committee members present. Notify the Degree Program Assistant of the date, time and place of the oral examination so that the Graduate School can be notified at least two weeks in advance of the exam.
  7. Make sure that an annual Graduate Student Evaluation Form is completed by your supervisor and Graduate Committee by May 30 of each year.
  8. When all requirements for your degree have been met, contact your Advisory Committee to hold a final defense. Notify the Degree Program Assistant of the date, time and place of the examination so that the Graduate School can be notified.