- Must be completed by June 1st of the first academic year.
- Students will enroll in an independent study in the Fall and Spring semesters of the first year.
- The independent study will be directed by the primary advisor and 1st year committee.
- Students must evaluate and critique the scientific literature in breadth areas determined by the primary advisor and 1st year committee. It is expected that three breadth areas will be evaluated in each of the two semesters.
- At the conclusion of each semester, an evaluation form including the topic(s) that were evaluated must be signed by the committee stating satisfactory completion and returned to the Program Director to be placed in the student’s record.
- Must be completed by July 1st of the second academic year.
- Admission to candidacy for the PhD degree will be determined by successful completion of a comprehensive examination in the field of concentration and related areas.
- The examination may take the form of a grant proposal, which may serve as a thesis defense proposal, or a review paper to evaluate a particular hypothesis.
- To advance to candidacy the examination committee must judge the student’s written document as satisfactory, and the student must pass an oral defense of the paper/proposal and the student’s broader knowledge of the field. The oral examination will be closed to the public, but open to faculty members of the Behavioral Neuroscience program.
- Before attempting the examination, the student must 1) complete at least three semesters of residency, and successfully completed the preliminary examination, and 2) made formal application for Admission to Candidacy on forms supplied by the Graduate School at least two weeks before the comprehensive examination is attempted.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
- Students must complete a final examination in the form of a traditional thesis defense that is open to the public.
- The examination should have the following three components:
- The student will give a 45-minute formal presentation of the thesis.
- A period with questions from anyone in the audience.
- A closed questioning period with the student’s formal committee.