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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.Your Major Professor will designate whom the Chair of your Prelim Exam will be

           b. Complete the Form 8 "Request for Appointment of Examining Committee" to access the form;

               i.Log onto MyPurdue / Academics / Graduate School Plan of Study

               ii. UPDATE your committee listing

               iii. Replace your Major Professor with whom has been designated as the new Prelim Exam Chair

           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.

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