Final Examination and Dissertation Defense


The dissertation is an important part of the candidate's program; it must represent an original contribution toward understanding a problem of substantial scientific importance.  The dissertation must be prepared in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Graduate School.  The student must designate a Reading Committee consisting of three members of the supervisory committee - the names of the committee members must be submitted to the Academic Counselor at least four weeks prior to the final examination date and before submitting a Request for Final Examination. A complete copy of the dissertation must be given to this Committee at least four weeks prior to the Final Exam (and confirmed, in writing, with the Academic Counselor), and it must be presented orally and defended at a Department of Atmospheric Sciences colloquium.

The student must submit a Request for Final Examination at least one week in advance of the defense date. Prior to submitting this request online with the Graduate School, the student must have approval from all supervisory committee members either in writing or via email. The Academic Counselor, after receiving confirmation of supervisory committee approval, will review the request and generate a Warrant for General Examination. At least one day prior to the exam, the Warrant will be given to the chair of the student's Supervisory committee which will be approved/not approved by attending members of the Supervisory committee after the exam has taken place.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the exam and to apply in a timely manner.

In addition to the two copies that must be submitted to the Graduate School (submission instructions may be found here), one copy of the final dissertation must be filed with the Department and one copy presented to the Supervisory Committee chairperson.  The Final Examination is conducted following the oral presentation of the dissertation and is limited to the subject of the dissertation.

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