PhD Milestone Checklist/Timeline Starting Fall 2022 

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Prior to First Registration

  • Meet with faculty advisor for advice on courses to take in your first semester.

Every Semester

  • Research expectations discussion
  • Complete Individual Development Plan (IDP) each fall (see links below)
  • Schedule and attend annual mentoring committee meeting each spring (your prelim can count as your mentoring meeting if completed by spring deadline of your 2nd year)

Before you Graduate

  • Fulfill BME Seminar requirements.
  • Fulfill writing requirement. (starting with Fall 2023 incoming class)
    • Depending on the course you choose, the timing for the writing requirement might be different.
      • If planning on using this course to help learn for the NSF GRFP or learning basic concepts on scientific communication, Year 1 is suggested. 
      • If planning on using this course to prepare you for fellowship applications (outside the NSF GRFP) or fellowship applications, Year 2 is suggested. 

Year 1

     Fall

  • Satisfy admission conditions as outlined in your Graduate School admission letter
  • Register for Research Fundamentals I Course. The following documents will be due in class but are part of the milestones process.
  • Register for a graduate-level ethics class in the first year.

     Spring

  • Register for Research Fundamentals II Course. The following documents will be due in class but are part of the milestones process.
  • Complete Qualifying Exam (by May 15th)
  • Register for a graduate-level ethics class in the first year.

    Summer

  • Complete online plan of study (by June 1st)
  • Register for a graduate-level ethics class in the first year.

Year 2

     Fall

  • Start thinking about your prelim and thesis committee
  • Schedule your prelim in year 2; at the very latest, first semester of year 3
  • Complete 2nd year IDP
  • Apply for fellowships

     Spring

  • Majority of your course work must be complete by prelim.
  • Schedule and present your prelim exam; at the very latest, first semester of year 3
  • Convene mentoring committee meeting each spring (your prelim can count as your mentoring meeting if completed by spring deadline)

Year 3

    Fall or Spring (semester TBD)

Years 3-5

Fall

Spring

  • Schedule and attend annual mentoring committee meeting

Prior to Final Semester

  • Review your plan of study to ensure all degree requirements are met.
  • Hold "green light" meeting with your committee for defense.
  • Review instructions on scheduling your final exam.
  • Review Purdue graduation deadlines.