Additional Program Requirements
Candidates must have completed a master’s degree in physics. They may have completed the master’s degree in physics prior to beginning the doctoral program or while concurrently enrolled in the doctoral program.
Advancement to candidacy for the doctoral degree requires the following:
1. Take the following courses: SCI 6140, 6150, 6160, 6180, and earning an overall GPA with respect to these courses alone of 3.5 or better; each course can be taken one additional time to improve GPA, if needed. Take SCI 6200 each fall for the first three years in the program.
2. Early research requirement culminating in a paper to be:
- Presented at a MISE symposium and at a MISE approved conference;
- Reviewed and approved by MISE faculty before or after presentations (can be re-submitted one time with revisions if needed), and
- Submitted to an approved journal for publication review.
3. Comprehensive Review of the Literature
- Upon successful completion of 1 and 2, student prepares a comprehensive literature review in an area pertaining to the student’s eventual dissertation research. Supervised and approved by a 3-member MISE faculty committee.
- Present Comprehensive Review of the Literature at a MISE symposium.
- Reviewed and approved by MISE faculty before or after presentation (can be resubmitted on time with revisions if needed).
4. Dissertation Proposal
- Upon successful completion of 3, the student’s dissertation committee is officially formed.
- Student develops dissertation research proposal, which must be approved by the student’s dissertation committee;
- Student presents dissertation research proposal at a MISE symposium. MISE faculty to provide comments and suggest revisions;
- Proposal must be approved by the student’s dissertation committee (can be resubmitted one time with revisions).
The research and dissertation are completed under the direction of a major advisor and a Doctoral Advisory Committee. The major advisor and dissertation committee members are chosen by the Institute director in consultation with the student, Institute and physics education faculty at the Physics Department. The research problem is formulated by the student and must be approved by the committee. Dissertation committees and topics are subject to the approval of the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and The Graduate College.
To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree the student must have satisfactorily completed the above requirements, and a teaching experience in addition to the other candidacy requirements of doctoral programs in The Graduate College.