Summary: Statement of Mutual Expectations between Chemistry and its Graduate Students
Graduate students in the Chemistry doctoral program are expected to develop a mastery of their
field, and gain familiarity with their discipline from arrival to graduation. Students should make
the transition from classroom learning to active supervised full-time original research during the
first two years of their graduate career.
In particular, doctoral students in Chemistry who arrive with a baccalaureate degree normally
* Choose a thesis adviser by December of the first year.
* Become engaged in research in January of the first year.
* Secure advancement to candidacy within five semesters.
* Submit a minimum of one paper and more normally several papers for publication prior to
* Complete all requirements and graduate within 5-6 years.
Graduate students in the Chemistry doctoral programs normally may expect:
* A wide selection of courses.
* Advice and mentoring by program faculty prior to the selection of an adviser.
* From their adviser (or, in some instances the program):
· Regular access and advice during the research and thesis writing process.
· Training in the preparation of oral and written scholarly presentations; in particular,
advice and support for the writing of at least one paper for publication.