Proposed Timeline for IDPBS Students
The table presented below describes the annual program and research goals for IDPBS students assuming a 5-year timeline for completion of all degree requirements. Note that forming the dissertation committee is recommended to occur during the first year, with annual meetings thereafter to keep the committee abreast of progress toward completing the degree. The teaching requirement consists of two semesters as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and it is recommended this requirement be satisfied during the final 3 years of the program. The defense of the dissertation proposal (year 2) and the comprehensive exam are separate events in the process of advancement to doctoral candidacy. The format of the comprehensive exam is at the discretion of the dissertation committee (=Student Advisory Committee), but an oral format has been the most common, with the dissertation proposal and the dissertation representing the written portions of the comprehensive assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to publicize their research findings (e.g. publishing and presenting at professional meetings) early in their training, and to apply for fellowship/dissertation improvement awards during their participation in the program.