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2nd Year Candidacy Exam

Students eligible to pursue a Ph.D. degree will take an oral and written examination during their fourth semester in residence to advance to candidacy for this degree. This examination consists of  two parts (1) description and summary of your current research and (2) a critique of a journal article.

The primary purpose of the candidacy examination is to discover whether students are able to integrate their training to solve problems that arise in the general course of research efforts. Creative solutions, evidence of general chemical knowledge, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to experimental and theoretical difficulties are important aspects of a successful examination.