Qualifying Examination (Quals) and Progress to Date


The Qualifying Examination is an important checkpoint meant to show that students are on a promising research track toward the Ph.D. degree. The Qualifying Examination includes the presentation and defense of a thesis proposal. The Quals Exam Committee formed by four TBSI Core-PI shall not only evaluate the student's thesis proposal but also his/her progress to date. The student needs to submit a write-up Quals report at the same time.
Quals Deadlines: The Qualifying Examination must be taken before the end of the fourth year and at least one semester before the final defense.