University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemistry



Exam Criteria


tableOrientation Exam

Orientation Exams aid the Graduate Advisor in placing the student in the appropriate course program.  A satisfactory performance in each of the examinations or course work is required before a student can Advance to Candidacy for the M.S. or Ph.D. program degree.

 

 

Second Year Research Exam (SYRE)

Students seeking Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D. degree must undergo an SYRE. The SYRE must take place by the end of the student’s fourth academic quarter of residency. The SYRE consists of a written and oral component and the student is assessed on both components.

    • SYRE Instructions for the Student & Committee
    • Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees
    • FAQs

      Q. When should I take the exam?
      A. At the beginning of your 2nd year (usually Fall quarter).

      Q. How do I know who is on my committee?
      A. You will receive an email listing your committee members and instructions.

      Q. How do I schedule the exam?
      A. Coordinate a date and time with the committee members then contact the Department Chair’s Assistant to reserve a conference room.

      Q. What paperwork is required?
      A. Once you schedule the exam give the date, time, and location to the Student Affairs Officer who will prepare the paperwork and send a reminder to the committee.

Oral Qualifying Exam

This examination consists in part in defending an original proposition and is designed to test the extent of the candidates’ development and their breadth of knowledge in chemistry and related fields.

  • Oral Qualifying Exam Instructions (Student & Committee)
  • Oral Qualifying Exam Instructions (Committee Chair)
  • Written Qualifying Exam Instructions
  • Supplemental Instructions (Analytical Students)
  • Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees
  • FAQs

    Q. When should I take the exam?
    A. At the end of your 2nd year (usually Spring quarter).

    Q. How do I know who is on my committee?
    A. You will receive an email listing your committee members and instructions.

    Q. How do I schedule the exam?
    A. Coordinate a date and time with the committee members then contact the Department Chair’s Assistant to reserve a conference room.

    Q. What paperwork is required?
    A. Once you schedule the exam and at least TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the exam, give the date, time, location, outside member, and your home address to the Student Affairs Officer who will prepare the paperwork and send a reminder to the committee.

    Q. How do I choose an outside proposal topic?
    A. Inspiration for outside topics can often be found by browsing recent issues of high-profile journals (Science, Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc., etc). The outside topic proposal area should be clearly distinct from the research you currently do (or have done previously at any institution) or what somebody in your research group might do. You should obtain approval for your outside topic idea from your Qualifying Exam Committee Chair (not your research advisor) at least 30 days prior to your qualifying exam date.

Final Exam (Dissertation Defence)

The Final Oral Examination of a doctoral candidate is conducted by the student’s Dissertation Committee.

The format of the final oral will include a formal seminar presentation of the dissertation research by the candidate. This presentation should generally be one hour long and should be carefully prepared. The candidate is expected to give satisfactory responses to questions by the Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Seminar will be open to other students and faculty and those persons may ask questions at the discretion of the Dissertation Committee.

After the formal seminar presentation, the Dissertation Committee will meet in closed session. The candidate may be requested to meet with the Committee in this session to answer additional questions and to discuss modifications of the dissertation. The Committee will notify the candidate concerning the results of the examination immediately after deliberations are concluded.

  • Instructions for the Chairperson
  • Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees
  • FAQs

    Q. When should I take the exam?
    A. Normative time to degree is 15 quarters.

    Q. What is the format for the dissertation?
    A. Visit Graduate Division’s Dissertation and Thesis Format and Submission Information

    Q. How do I schedule the exam?
    A. Coordinate a date and time with the committee members then contact the Department Chair’s Assistant to reserve a conference room.

    Q. What paperwork is required?
    A. Once you schedule the exam and at least ONE WEEK PRIOR to the exam give the date, time, location, dissertation title, and your home address to the Student Affairs Officer who will prepare the paperwork and send a reminder to the committee. You must also provide an abstract which will be sent to faculty and students.

Appeals Procedures

As of March 19, 2013 the Graduate Council approved new appeal procedures. The purpose of this procedure is to afford UCR graduate students an opportunity to resolve complaints involving academic or administrative decisions that interfere with the graduate student’s academic progress, such as adverse outcomes on qualifying exams, dismissal from graduate standing, placement on probationary status, denial of readmission to the same program (if the student was previously in good standing), disputes over joint authorship of research in accordance with joint authorship policies of campus departments or units, revocation of campus fellowships, and other administrative or academic decisions that terminate or otherwise impede progress toward academic or professional degree goals.  The Departmental Appeal Procedures apply to all departments.  Once those have been exhausted the University Appeal Procedures should be followed. To petition the Graduate Appeal Form should be completed.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Chemistry
Chemical Sciences
501 Big Springs Road

Tel: (951) 827-3789 (Chair's Assistant)
Fax: (951) 827-2435 (confidential)
E-mail: jingsong.zhang@ucr.edu

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