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I. PhD Program
A. Program objective Materials Science education at Rochester is intended to prepare students for careers as independent scientists and engineers in a wide variety of disciplines that has come to define the field of Materials Science in general. Courses will be offered that stress the interdisciplinary nature of Materials Science and will cover understanding the fundamental behavior of materials to integrating materials into complex systems and devices with an engineered function. Students will have the flexibility to tailor a course curriculum to meet their individual needs and educational aspirations, while also maintaining a strong base in fundamental principles that have traditionally defined Materials Science education. Students pursuing a Ph.D. will also have the opportunity to choose a research advisor from faculty residing in departments throughout the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This advisor will be the primary individual providing guidance and mentorship for the student as he or she pursues rigorous experimental or theoretical studies that will culminate in a thesis. The overall objective of the Materials Science Ph.D. program is to produce highly-talented individuals capable of independent and critical analytical thought to address the world’s most important and challenging scientific and engineering materials problems today and in the foreseeable future. B. Curricular requirements A typical program for a materials science (MSC) Ph.D. student entering with a B.S. degree consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of MSC graduate courses, exclusive of reading courses, 8 credit hours of other related courses, and 58 credit hours of research. A typical program for an MSC Ph.D. student entering with an M.S. degree consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of MSC graduate courses plus 36 credit hours of research. Students must successfully complete an oral defense of their theses. It is assumed all incoming students have completed a basic undergraduate course in materials, such as our course MSC 202, Introduction to Materials Science. If not, students must complete MSC 202, which is a three credit hour course for graduate students. All first year graduate students are required to register for the Materials Science Program Seminar Series (MSC 496). The materials science program director should be indicated as the instructor for the course with zero credit hours. Grading for this course is based on attendance. The dates and times of the seminars will be posted on the program web page and announced via e-mail. Attendance of at least three seminars per semester will result in a grade of A. The grade will drop one letter grade for each seminar missed below three unless the student has an excused absence. All Materials Science degree programs require completion of at least one course selected from each of the two categories listed below. Other courses should be selected from the available courses in MSC and allied fields, in consultation with the student’s advisor. These additional courses must include a minimum number of credits that bear the MSC designation, as described above. 1) Thermodynamics (must select a minimum of one course from this list) MSC 405- THERMODYNMCS OF NANO & MICROSOLIDS (cross-listed as ME 460) MSC 485- THERMODYNAMICS &STAT MECHANICS (cross-listed as CHE 485) MSC 455- THERMODYNAMICS & STAT MECHANICS (cross-listed as CHM 455) MSC 418 - STATISTICAL MECHANICS (cross-listed as PHY 418)

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2) Structure/ Property Relationships (must select a minimum of one course from this list) MSC 541 – NANOSCALE CRYSTALLINE DEFECTS (cross-listed as ME 541) MSC 408 - MICROSTRUCTURE (cross-listed as ME 463) MSC 456 – CHEMICAL BONDS- FROM MOLECULES TO MATERIALS (CHM 456)

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By the middle of May.45)!"%+6)7897) or MSC 409 . it. Preliminary (first year) Literature-based exam First year Ph. In the case of co-advisors. and successful completion of this examination by mid-June is required for formal admission into the Ph.) It is important that you find a good match between your academic interests and those of your thesis advisor. Additional committee members may be included from either within or outside the University if it is considered useful or necessary. Advising and committees Academic and Thesis advisors You will be assigned an academic advisor when you arrive at Rochester. The thesis advisory committee performs several functions. You must have a GPA > 3. (This exam is discussed below. The papers will be no more than two years old and will not be directly related to the student's chosen area of research. along with a representative appointed by the University Dean of Graduate Studies as Chair. program in the Materials Science Program. whom you should identify at the end of your first year here. At least one member of the advisory committee is expected to have trained a graduate student through completion of a doctoral degree. but he or she may not be your eventual thesis advisor. The exam To begin the exam process. at least one other member from the MSC faculty and one faculty member who is not a member of the MSC faculty.MECHANICAL PROPERTIES (cross-listed as ME 481) C. students. the student must submit a list of suggested committee members to the Director of Materials Science for review. each student is given a list of research papers submitted by the materials science faculty for review at the beginning of May. and that he/she is able to provide your graduate stipend and tuition. The thesis advisory committee must consist of the research advisor. Any member of the MSC Faculty may serve as a PhD thesis advisor. but four (or more) is quite possible. is the examining committee for the thesis defense. It normally serves as the Qualifying Exam Committee (see below).+$)-%.23. ) 7) . relevant literature. each student must inform the Director’s office by email or in writing which paper he/she has chosen to serve as a basis for the qualifying exam. Thus./%"0)1". techniques and methodology. D..D.D. By January of the second year.0 in 400-level courses and register with the MSC Program Director’s office by the date specified to take the exam This exam is required of all first year Ph. a student and his/her thesis advisor must define the direction of the doctoral research and identify members of the UR faculty that will comprise the thesis advisory committee. the minimum size of the committee will be three members. a minimum of five members is required. students take this exam after their second semester. nor will they have been written by a member of the MSC faculty. It provides advisory input during the development of the thesis research project with respect to scientific merit.D. usually before taking the preliminary exam. etc. usually late May or early June. Thesis Advisory Committee After beginning work together.!"#$%&"'()*+&$. Any exceptions to this procedure will have to be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of The College and the University Dean of Graduate Studies. that your advisor is willing to accept you as a graduate research assistant. Finally.

Approximately one week after submission of the document. At the end of the exam the committee will submit a written report of the examination to the Director and the student will be notified of their status. the student must convince the exam committee that: ) :) . Critical Appraisal of the Article. (Is the student able to develop and refine his/her own research ideas?) Strength of the written document with respect to both content and style. The student is responsible for checking the availability of the committee members and scheduling the oral exam before June 15th.. 1 inch margins). each student must appear before the three-member faculty committee for an oral examination defending the document. as well as the faculty member who submitted the paper for review. Student's ability to evaluate published research critically. Each exam will consist of a 20-minute oral presentation by the student followed by questions by the examining committee.!"#$%&"'()*+&$. excluding figures. The author's contribution to the solution of those questions and its significance should be discussed. At least one week before the exam. and through oral discussion. The questions addressed in the article and the reasons for examining these questions should be identified.23. This document should be no longer than ten pages (12 pt double-spaced./%"0)1". The student’s academic advisor is typically one member of the committee. each student must submit to the Director’s office four copies of a carefully written document containing three sections of equal importance: Questions Addressed by the Author(s). Propose in concrete terms research that might be done to extend and (if necessary) improve upon the study addressed in the article. (Is the student able to communicate complex ideas effectively?) Course grades. The student must inform the Graduate coordinator of the date and time so that a room can be scheduled for the exam.+$)-%. E. written and defended by the student. Qualifying Examination (Proposal) Objective and basis for evaluation The goal of the PhD qualifying exam is to determine whether the PhD student is prepared to conduct a high-quality dissertation in materials science. The PhD qualifying exam is based primarily on a research proposal. (Is the student a critical thinker?) Student's creativity in suggesting new lines of research. Through written and oral presentations. The student can select the other member(s) of the committee or they will be chosen by the Materials Science Curriculum Committee if necessary.45)!"%+6)7897) The exam requires a committee of three Materials Science faculty. Proposal for Additional Research. The entire exam will last about two hours.

slides or overhead projector. It must also be completed a minimum of six months before the final thesis defense can be taken. and the exam is typically taken much earlier but after research has begun so the thesis can be clearly outlined). and has a good chance of success.+$)-%. Your program of study. The exam committee The committee will consist of a minimum of three full-time faculty of professorial rank. and follow the font typeface requirement. Contact the Director’s office as soon as you and your advisor begin planning for your proposal. The committee will then examine the student orally in a closed session. Do not use suffixes (e. and updated (if necessary). 3) That the student can successfully complete the work using the resources available to them. Occasionally this presentation is made to a larger audience in the form of a seminar with a 45 minute presentation. 5b). (The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to determine whether the student is qualified and competent to continue work toward a Ph. unless a written waiver from the program director is obtained. left. All students must consult with their advisor prior to the preparation and submission of this document. It is important to recognize that while the written proposal serves as a focus for the oral examination. You must submit your written thesis proposal to your committee and your Committee Nomination form to the Dean’s Office at least 10 working days (weekends and University holidays not included) before the exam is to take place.23.. Embed key figures in the document and place additional figures in appendices.!"#$%&"'()*+&$. or Helvetica typeface and a font size of 11 points or larger. questions about related areas ) . Two must be from within the Materials Science Program and one from outside the Department. The advisor will typically provide additional guidance about the document format and preparation. A smaller type size may be used but it must be in black ink. technologically important problem 2) The proposal contains an approach that is well thought-out.) . Written proposal Use an Arial. Typical exam format The student will give a presentation to present an overview of the thesis research proposal for the first 20-30 minutes using blackboard. readily legible. the ability to apply the background from formal course work to problems related to the proposal. If so. Use standard size (8 1/2" x 11") sheets of paper. then additional background material may be appropriate and an abstract should be given to the Director’s office a week in advance for posting. including characters and spaces. Times New Roman. Type may be no more than six lines per inch.D. the written and oral presentation. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters. Consecutively number pages throughout the application. 5a. and demonstration of critical assessment of results. The document must be single-sided and single-spaced. a requirement that cannot be waived. bottom. which should have been completed at the end of your 2nd semester must be on file.g. must be no more than 15 characters per inch. Timing This exam must be completed by the end of the third year. understanding of the fundamental issues. including continuation pages. and right) for all pages.. A typical examination will take between two and three hours. appropriate for the problem addressed. the font size requirement still applies. The exam committee is normally constitutes the members of the student’s thesis advisory committee. in Materials Science./%"0)1". There are several things you must complete before you can take this exam and the office can help guide you through this.) Type density. Do not include unnumbered pages. Use at least 3/4 inch margins (top.45)!"%+6)7897) 1) The proposed research addresses an unsolved. The candidate is judged on the significance of the research proposed.

Thesis preparation and registration A booklet entitled “The Preparation of Doctoral Thesis” is available online at http://www.D. 1 to the Materials Science Program Director’s office with paperwork for the Dean’s office and Director. Note that the Director’s office needs approximately one week to prepare paperwork and request advising records from the Registrar’s Office. Keep in mind that DRAFT copies are not acceptable. those are available in the graduate calendar. Final Oral Examination UMI form ($70. You must also give them an abstract of your presentation. are in accordance with the University regulations. be sure to contact the Director’s office.00 fee is involved) Program Statement of Completion of Ph. format.D.must be done at the end of your 2nd yr. F. When your committee has been selected and while paperwork is in process you should check with the Director’s office to reserve a suitable room. Registration with the office of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies must take place 20 working days (weekends and holidays not included) before the final exam. and 1 full-time Professor outside the program. You must submit the following bound (spiral or tape binding) copies: 1 copy to each committee member. Calendar/Schedule Check with the Director’s office for permissible defense dates. Refer to the Graduate Studies Bulletin for details. When you and your advisor begin planning for the defense. binding.rochester. Your dissertation should be in final form before you defend.edu/college/gradstudies/gcalendar.!"#$%&"'()*+&$./%"0)1". etc. and specific deadlines for each conferral date. It is the responsibility of the student to see that the style. The most updated graduate calendar is available at http://www. margins. The student should also be aware of deadlines for registering a thesis in conjunction with degree dates.23. during the academic year.D.html. The committee The Final Exam committee must consist of a minimum of 2 full-time Professors from the Materials Science Program.+$)-%. Paperwork See the Director’s office for forms. requirements Advising Record from Registrar’s Office (Director’s office will request) ) <) .rochester.. defense is the last step in your studies.edu/Theses/. and 25 working days during the summer months. paper. The University Graduate Studies Office will also assign an outside Chair to your committee.45)!"%+6)7897) can also be raised. There are a number of blackout dates when you cannot defend. The final PhD defense The Ph. Appointment Form for Ph. There are many administrative matters you must bear in mind connected with the defense process and they can help you through them. Program of Study .

+$)-%.!"#$%&"'()*+&$.D. The student and the Examining Committee will then adjourn to a closed session where the second part of the exam will be conducted./%"0)1". Complete qualifying examination (proposal defense) by year end. When corrections are completed and reviewed by the thesis advisor. slides. After successful completion of the Final Exam. and interpretation of the research described in the thesis. execution. Notes. description. Exam format The first 45 minutes of the exam is typically a seminar open to the public. one unbound copy and one electronic copy are to be submitted to the Vice-Provost of Research and Graduate Affairs in 257 Wallis Hall. Subsequent years Continue research and writing of the thesis under the direction of the thesis advisor and thesis advisory committee.45)!"%+6)7897) Ph. A student’s stipend normally ends when the final copy of the dissertation is turned in. University Regulation require that students exceeding a 7 year stay receive approval for an extension both from the program (Curriculum Committee) and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.. charts.23.D. submit the names of the thesis advisory committee to the Materials Science Program Office Complete most remaining course work Organize thesis proposal Third Year Submit final copy of research proposal to Program Office and Advisory Committee Members (two weeks before exam). and visual aids for a seminar are encouraged. thesis research Second Year No later than January. The student’s presentation should last approximately 30-35 minutes and an additional 10-15 minutes should be allowed for questions from the audience. H. Advisor Form Committee e-mail address form A printed copy of the cover page and abstract of your dissertation The student’s advisor will receive confirmation of the scheduling of the exam and the name of the Chairperson of the Examination Committee appointed by the Vice-Provost of Research and Graduate Affairs before the examination takes place. Key milestones At the end of the first academic year Choose a research advisor Complete preliminary examination Begin Ph. The committee will scrutinize the student’s thesis including comprehension. ) =) . the student will be required to make any corrections in the thesis. Note: the expectation of the program is that students should not take more than five years to successfully complete the PhD.

option for entering students.!"#$%&"'()*+&$. students must complete MSC 202. For students electing to obtain the M. Two formats are offered for the exam: 1) a course -based exam. or 2) a literature-based exam. which is a three credit hour course for graduate students. Students will also choose between a Masters Degree with or without a major research component.S. Grading for this course is based on attendance. Plan B is the normal. the following requirements apply: The 30 credit hours must include a minimum of 20 credit hours of MSC graduate courses plus 10 credit hours for research. If not.S. with thesis. such as our course MSC 202. Courses will be offered that stress the interdisciplinary nature of Materials Science and will cover understanding the fundamental behavior of materials to integrating materials into complex systems and devices with an engineered function. and Medicine. Introduction to Materials Science.: Plan A. degree without a thesis (Plan B).45)!"%+6)7897) II. Curricular Requirements The M. A student in Plan B must pass a comprehensive oral examination. B. For students electing to obtain the M. or providing a foundation of coursework for furthering their graduate education. they will also have the opportunity to choose a research advisor from faculty residing in departments throughout the schools of Arts and Sciences. preparing them for a career in a materials related industrial field. If a student wishes to pursue a Plan A path instead. Engineering. Program Objective Materials Science graduate education at Rochester is intended to prepare students for careers as independent scientists and engineers in a wide variety of disciplines that has come to define the field of Materials Science in general.S. it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with a faculty thesis advisor to supervise his/her work and to inform the MSC program office of this. without thesis.23.+$)-%. Students will have the flexibility to tailor a course curriculum to meet their individual needs and educational aspirations. There are two paths to obtaining an M. MS Programs A.S. after all other degree requirements have been completed. Attendance of at least three ) >) . default. The overall objective of the Masters of Science Program in Materials Science is to provide students the ability to build on and further their university education at the bachelor’s level. while also maintaining a strong base in fundamental principles that have traditionally defined Materials Science education./%"0)1". Should students choose the thesis option for their Masters program. The materials science program director should be indicated as the instructor for the course with zero credit hours. degree in materials science requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate courses. and the student must successfully complete an oral defense of his/her thesis. the following requirements apply: The 30 credit hours must include a minimum of 24 credit hours of MSC graduate courses plus 6 credit hours of other related courses. degree with thesis (Plan A). and Plan B. This advisor will be the primary individual providing guidance and mentorship for the student as he or she pursues rigorous experimental or theoretical studies that will culminate in a thesis. It is assumed all incoming students have completed a basic undergraduate course in materials. The dates and times of the seminars will be posted on the program web page and announced via e-mail. All first year graduate students are required to register for the Materials Science Program Seminar Series (MSC 496)..

THERMODYNMCS OF NANO & MICROSOLIDS (cross-listed as ME 460) MSC 485. including part-time students. 2) one faculty member who is part of the Materials Science Program Faculty. If students fail to enroll for any term.+$)-%.. The grade will drop one letter grade for each seminar missed below three unless the student has an excused absence.FROM MOLECULES TO MATERIALS (CHM 456) MSC 409 . must register each term to continue progress toward the MS degree. a student in Plan A should satisfy most course requirements. and make substantial progress on their thesis project. and the demands of the research project. Advising Plan A students should identify a thesis advisor before beginning their first term and the thesis advisor will serve as the student’s academic advisor. as described above. Duration A full-time student should not take more than 2 years to complete all the Plan B Master’s requirements.THERMODYNAMICS & STAT MECH (cross-listed as CHM 455) MSC 418 . the College may terminate a student’s status with the university.STATISTICAL MECHANICS (cross-listed as PHY 418) or 4) Structure/ Property Relationships (must select a minimum of one course from this list) MSC 541 – NANOSCALE CRYSTALLINE DEFECTS (cross-listed as ME 541) MSC 408 . Plan A students are also required to form a thesis advisory committee. full-time or part-time). ) ?) or . Plan B.MICROSTRUCTURE (cross-listed as ME 463) MSC 456 – CHEMICAL BONDS. Other courses should be selected from the available courses in MSC and allied fields. The University has a five-year limit on the time taken to complete any Master’s degree (Plan A. Part-time Plan B students who do not wish to take a course in a particular term should register for MSC 895: Continuation of Master’s enrollment or for MSC 985: Leave of absence if they anticipate more than one term away from the university. E. In the first year of study. Continuity All MS students. 3) Thermodynamics (must select a minimum of one course from this list) MSC 405. become fully trained in the laboratory.MECHANICAL PROPERTIES (cross-listed as ME 481) C.THERMODYNAMICS &STAT MECHANICS (cross-listed as CHE 485) MSC 455. All Materials Science degree programs require completion of at least one course selected from each of the two categories listed below. These additional courses must include a minimum number of credits that bear the MSC designation.!"#$%&"'()*+&$. To maintain continuity. full-time Plan A students who have completed coursework should register for 0 credits of MSC 899: Master’s dissertation until the thesis is complete. Typically. A full-time student will typically take more than one year to complete the Plan A thesis. abilities.45)!"%+6)7897) seminars per semester will result in a grade of A. D. The advisor will help the student construct a program of study appropriate to the student’s interest./%"0)1". This committee must consist of 1) the thesis advisor.23. and 3) one faculty member from outside the program. Any member of the Materials Science Faculty may serve as a MS thesis advisor. in consultation with the student’s advisor. all efforts beyond the first year are devoted to the completion of the research thesis.

The Materials Science Program office will assist the student in registering the thesis with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. is the student able to draw on graduate coursework to explain concepts contained within or peripherally related to the article? Students who fail to satisfactorily meet both of these criteria will fail the exam. the prepared presentation. Thesis and Exit Exams Plan A Plan A students are required to prepare a written thesis following the format specified for the PhD degree (see above). The examining committee will recommend whether or not a student should be permitted to retake the exam. The student passes the exam if he/she demonstrates mastery of the included topics. The advantage of the course-based exam is that a student can schedule the exam at any time.45)!"%+6)7897) Plan B students will be assigned an academic advisor before beginning their first term of study. The thesis document must be registered with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. except that the basis for evaluation is different. and copies must be delivered to the members of the examining committee at least two weeks prior to the oral exam. the student will ask two or more members of the Materials Science faculty to serve on his/her exam committee.. No student is permitted to take the exit exam a third time. the committee will question the student on topics drawn primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) from his/her graduate coursework. or 2) a literature-based exam. According to university regulations. and the oral exam will be used in evaluating the following criteria: A) Is the student clearly capable of executing an original study over a prolonged period? B) Is the student capable of presenting the rationale and results of new study in a clear manner? C) Did the student become thoroughly acquainted with the literature in his thesis area? Plan B A student in Plan B must pass a comprehensive oral examination. Course-based exam: In this exam.!"#$%&"'()*+&$. A student wishing to participate in May commencement can schedule the exam in the final weeks of the spring term (the student will receive a firm deadline by email for May commencement). F. During the exam. and of clearly explaining the article in oral and written presentations? B) In an oral examination. ) @) . the re-examination can happen as soon as the following semester. Literature-based exam: This exam follows the PhD preliminary exam format as outlined above. but the Curriculum Committee will make the final decision. The thesis work must be presented in a public seminar and followed by a closed session oral examination.+$)-%.23. As criteria for passing. Two formats are offered for the exam: 1) a course-based exam. above) and thus will always take place in the period from late May-mid June. Re-examination: Any student failing either format of the exit exam may be allowed to re-take an exam of the same format. The written document. The proposed exam committee and the exam date should be registered with the Materials Science Program office one month prior to the exam. The literature-based exam follows the PhD preliminary examination schedule (see section I./%"0)1". but not more than one year after the first exam. A student must inform the program office of the desired exam format by the first week of May(Oct 15st if a course-based exit exam is to be taken at the end of the fall term).D. the exam committee must decide: A) Is the student capable of understanding a recent journal article from a field of interest. The committee will evaluate the student’s written report and presentation. This advisor will help the student construct a program of study and must sign registration forms each term.

Final decisions on termination are made by the Program Director after a careful review of the student’s record. according to University policy. it is wise to verify any crucial decisions with the Materials Science Program Office. Policy. or the college./%"0)1". if 3) the student’s thesis advisory committee (or academic advisor for Plan B MS students) indicate that the student is failing to make satisfactory progress toward a degree over a period of at least one year. University Graduate Policy This handbook summarizes the major features and policies of the graduate program in the Materials Science Program. Because the Program Office must submit monthly time reports on all graduate students and these are subject to close scrutiny by auditors from both the governmental accounting office and the University. though it is our intent to provide the most salient features here. C. Termination without graduation A student may be asked to leave a degree program before graduation if: 1) he/she does not pass preliminary. Students will not receive stipends if absent without authorization.+$)-%. Students must inform their advisors of any absence and are expected to coordinate the timing of vacations with their advisors. and exams. Both students and advisors will need to consult both sources.edu/GradBulletin/ . continues to evolve in response to the changing needs of the graduate program and the students in it. or if 5) the student’s behavior is detrimental to the welfare of individuals.rochester. if 4) the Curriculum Committee determines that the student has accumulated a significant record of poor performance in any number of evaluated areas including: class work. General Policies A.23. qualifying or final (exit) exams. Thus. of course. the program. An exception is the case of poor academic standing (case 2) which.45)!"%+6)7897) IV. B. if 2) the student earns a grade of C for eight credits or two or more classes. The broader policies that govern MSC and all graduate programs are summarized in the Graduate Bulletin (http://www.!"#$%&"'()*+&$.. updated every two years). is reviewed by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies ) 98) . Vacation Graduate students are entitled to two weeks of vacation each year in addition to official University Holidays. research. all students must get approval from the Program Office for any absence of more than two weeks (10 working days).