PhD Final Examination & Dissertation Deposit
At least two terms must elapse and be devoted to research between prelim and finals.
Take after completion of the research and writing of the Ph.D. thesis. This examination (thesis defense) will be publicly announced on the departmental bulletin board and posted on the Department Graduate Oral Exam Calendar. It will consist of a seminar, open to the public, during which the candidate will summarize his or her thesis research. Following the seminar there will be an oral examination to be attended only by the Examining Committee members.
The Graduate School requires a minimum of 4 committee members to be present at the defense. Not more than one dissenting vote is acceptable in certifying the candidate to receive the degree.
_____ Read Final Exam Guide for PhD
_____ Arrange day, hour and room for final exam at a time convenient for your committee. Schedule room as far in advance as possible. Check web site: http://www.bio.purdue.edu/resources/calendar/ for room availability before-emailing.
The use of doodle.com is helpful in availability http://www.doodle.com/
_____ Submit Room Reservation request to firstname.lastname@example.org with
- Room Number or Name (“Lilly 1-117” or “Watson’s Crick”)
- Date (“December 8”)
- Start Time and Duration (or End Time) (don’t forget to allow 30 minutes before and after for set up and clean up.
- Description of the Event (Final Exam)
_____ 3 weeks prior to your Final Exam complete the PhD_Bulletin.doc and send to the Graduate Office. Late submission will delay the official form which will prevent you from graduating.
_____ 1-2 business days before your Examination pick up your paperwork from the Graduate Office
_____ Day of Exam, give paperwork to your Committee Chair.
_____ Return the Examination forms to the Graduate Office right after your Exam.
A late returned form will prevent you from graduating.
_____ Prior or after your exam complete the Departmental Questionnaire BIOL_04A and send an electronic/hard copy to the Graduate Office.
______ Prepare Dissertation - Schedule appointment with Grad Coordinator for Dissertation Format approval. A pdf copy of your Dissertation is required.
_____ Complete the Thesis_signature_request_form.pdf and take with you to acquire the Final Signatures on your Dissertation Approval Form. The BIOL_04A Form must be (have been) turned in to acquire the Format Advisors Signature.