Monday, August 5, 2013: Final day to defend dissertation/thesis
Monday, August 12, 2013: Final day to submit dissertation/graduate thesis
Friday, December 6, 2013: Final day to defend dissertation/thesis
Friday, December 21, 2013: Final day to submit dissertation/graduate thesis
Friday, March 21, 2014: Final date to defend dissertation/thesis
Friday, April 11, 2014: Final date to submit dissertation/graduate thesis
The current Ph.D. Student Handbook is now available as a pdf file: Ph.D. Student Handbook.
FIRST TIME SUBMISSIONS:
For Fall 2013, the date for a first-time submission of a Qualifying Paper will be Friday, September 20, 2013 by 4:30 p.m.
For Spring 2014, the date for a first-time submission of a Qualifying Paper will be Friday, February 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
All students submitting papers for the first time should consult with Sr. Kathryn Clauss regarding their question and the paper requirements. Four hard copies are to be submitted to Maureen Hart, Ph.D. program secretary, three WITHOUT YOUR NAME. In addition, email an electronic copy with your name on it to Maureen Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Papers are reviewed, blind, by three faculty and rated using the Qualifying Paper Review Form. An overall rating of 3.0 is necessary to pass; papers receiving average ratings of 4.0 or higher are considered Outstanding.
NOTE: Students who plan to submit a Qualifying Paper for the first time will now be required to submit electronically the title of the paper along with an abstract paragraph to Maureen Hart (email@example.com) two weeks prior to the posted deadlines. This step will help ensure a quicker turnaround of papers to Faculty readers.
In order to provide adequate time for revisions and mentoring, a student who receives an unsatisfactory overall rating of 2.99 or below on their Qualifying Paper will now be required to re-submit their qualifying paper in the following semester (excluding the summer). Additionally, students will no longer be allowed to prolong their resubmission(s) beyond a semester, and must re-submit their revised Qualifying Paper each subsequent semester. Students will be given three attempts, and thus three consecutive fall/spring semesters, to pass their qualifying paper.
Students with unsatisfactory Qualifying Papers from the Spring 2013 qualifying experience may re-submit their papers on Friday, September 6, 2013, by 4:30 p.m.
Students with unsatisfactory Qualifying Papers from the Fall 2013 qualifying experience may re-submit their papers on Friday, March 21, 2014, by 4:30 p.m.
Four (4) hard copies of the revised Qualifying Paper are required: 1 with the student's name, 3 copies without the student's name, plus the electronic copy (with name) sent to Maureen Hart, program secretary.
NOTE: The paper title and abstract paragraph for Qualifying Paper re-submissions are not necessary, since the same three Faculty readers assigned to the first submission, will re-review the revised Qualifying Paper. Additionally, if an unsatisfactory rating is received, then a student will be required to consult with Dr. Hokien, Program Director, and the department Track Coordinator to discuss the issues with the Qualifying Paper.
Questions about these changes to the Qualifying Experience process should be directed to Dr. Hokien by calling 570. 348.6279 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who pass their paper review then are scheduled for their oral presentation. The same three faculty serve as the oral presentation review committee and rate the presentation using the Qualifying Presentation Review Form. Again, an average rating of 3.0 is necessary to pass; presentations receiving average ratings of 4.0 or higher are considered Outstanding.
Refer to the Ph.D. Student Handbook for more detailed information on the Qualifying Examination.
1. Here is a sample of an Outstanding Paper, provided with permission from the student.
2. Here is a sample of an Outstanding Paper, provided with permission from the student.
The following forms are pdf files which you may either download and print or fill in electronically.
Dissertation Title Page Template (Word file)