Ph.D. Certification & Thesis

student in optics labCertification is required before a student can register for Ph.D. research. Once the core courses are mostly completed and the Qualifying Examination passed, the student may be certified.

A thesis should be completed based upon his/her research, a departmental seminar over his/her research work should be presented. A final oral examination over the thesis must be scheduled and passed.

Progress reports are to be completed annually. Students will meet with local advisory committee (i.e. the Advisory Committee without the West Lafayette representative) at least once a year to set research goals and review progress towards completion of the PhD thesis research.