Preliminary Examination Check-list


Prelim is to be held no later than May of the following year after passing the Qualify Exam.


_____ 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: for room availability before-emailing.

            The use of is helpful in availability


_____ Submit Room Reservation request to with

  1. Room Number or Name (“Lilly 1-117” or “Watson’s Crick”)
  2. Date (“December 8”)
  3. Start Time and Duration (or End Time) (don’t forget to allow 30 minutes before and after for set up and clean up.
  4. Description of the Event (Final Exam)


_____  Read the Preliminary Examination Guide (pdf)


_____  3 weeks prior your Prelim Examination:

           a. complete the Form 8 "Request for Appointment of Examining Committee" to access the form;

               Log onto MyPurdue / Academics / Graduate School Plan of Study

                    DO NOT change your committee listing

           b. Submit Prelim outline to committee


_____ 1-2 business days before your Examination pick up your paperwork from the BIOL-Graduate Office


_____ Day of Exam, give Department Form to your Principal Examiner.


_____  Return the paperwork to the BIOL-Graduate Office, no later than the 2-days after your Examination.


  Printable Format


Printable Format w/Prelim Exam Guide

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