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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, with the proposal defense occurring first.  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.

Time

Program Goals

Research Goals

Year 1 Confirm Mentor Preliminary research/pilot studies
  Form dissertation committee Begin developing dissertation proposal
 

Meet with Program Graduate Committee and plan curriculum; affirm curriculum with dissertation committee

 

Meet with dissertation committee for

input on research topic

    Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)
     
Year 2 Complete minimum curriculum requirements Dissertation research
  Take comprehensive exam Meet with dissertation committee for input on dissertation proposal
  Meet with committee to review progress toward degree Complete and defend dissertation proposal
    Present research findings at professional meeting
    Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)
     
Year 3 Satisfy teaching requirement Dissertation research
  Meet with committee to review progress toward degree Present research findings at professional meeting
    Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)
    Submit paper for publication
     
Year 4 Satisfy teaching requirement Dissertation research
  Meet with committee to review progress toward degree Present research findings at professional meeting
    Apply for research fellowship(s) / grant(s)
    Submit paper for publication
     
Year 5 Satisfy teaching requirement Dissertation research
  Meet with committee to review progress toward degree Present research findings at professional meeting
    Submit paper for publication
    Complete and defend dissertation