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Dissertation Projects: Dissertation Research

1. ADVISING
2. THE QUALIFYING EXAM
3. DISSERTATION RESEARCH
4. FINAL EXAMINATION

Students should identify a topic of research for the Ph.D. dissertation as soon as practically possible, but no later than 3 months after having passed the Qualifying Examination. By that time the Ph.D. candidate should prepare and give to the Graduate Advisor a brief statement identifying the subject matter of the thesis, the name of the thesis advisor, and an outline of the research involved. The statement is not binding on the student as far as the field and nature of the upcoming research are concerned, but any substantive changes in these or any change of thesis advisor must be submitted in writing to the Graduate Advisor as soon as such changes occur.

At the end of the sixth year since matriculation, each doctoral student must submit to the Graduate School a statement of progress and timetable for completion of the dissertation, signed by the student and endorsed by the dissertation advisor.

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