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This page will give you information on what to expect (and what is expected of you) as a Chemical Physics graduate student at the University of Maryland.Prospective students can choose among three degree options to graduate from the Chemical Physics Program. Below are a list of all of them with their requirements.

CHPH M.S Non-Thesis

Requirements

  • Two laboratory rotations CHPH718I
  • Written Qualifying Examination passed at the M.S. level
  • GPA Requirement: B average
  • Scholarly paper
  • 30 graduate credits of which 24 must be course credits including:

CHPH M.S Thesis

Requirements

  • Two laboratory rotations CHPH718I
  • Written Qualifying Examination passed at the M.S. level
  • GPA Requirement: B average
  • Scholarly paper
  • 30 graduate credits of which 24 must be course credits including:

CHPH Ph.D. Requirements

Requirements

  • Two laboratory rotations CHPH718I
  • Written Qualifying Examination passed at the Ph.D. level and normally taken at the beginning of the second year
  • GPA Requirement: B average
  • Scholarly paper research presentation
  • 24 graduate credits including:

Common Procedures and Requirements for all options

Rotations are eight weeks each, with student presentations about two weeks after the end of each rotation period. Students will be evaluated in part based on their presentations. The second rotation is scheduled to start early enough so by the time students are able to choose their summer research and possible thesis advisers.

The aims of the two rotations are to get to know research topic and tools used in various labs, to develop laboratory skills, and to find a thesis mentor. Rotations require a minimum 8 hour per week presence in lab/office. One of the rotations can be with a faculty/adjunct faculty outside the program. In-coming students will have the month of September to research and choose their first rotation.

The length of the presentation should be 10 - 15 minutes.

Rotation 1: Suggested time: Oct 1st - Nov 19th - Fall semester grade. Presentations - 2nd or 3rd week of February

Rotation 2: Suggested time: February 1 - Mar 26: Spring semester grade. Presentations - 2nd or 3rd week of April

The Scholarly Paper Examining Committee consists of at least two faculty members, who will read the scholarly paper and attend the oral presentation.

The paper should provide an informative review of the research topic selected by the candidate in consultation with his/her academic and research advisors. The bibliography is a particularly important part of the paper and should include the most significant references to the topic.

The length of the paper is expected to be approximately 20 double space pages (12-point font) with 1-inch margins.

The presentation is to last approximately one hour and can be part of regularly scheduled seminar series such as the Informal Statistical Mechanics Seminar or the Nonlinear Dynamics Seminar. Two faculty must be present and there should be sufficient time for questions and discussion.

For M.S with Thesis option

The Thesis Examining Committee is to consist of at least three faculty members including the research advisor.

The Examination Committee will review the M.S. thesis, attend the oral presentation and participate in the defense of the thesis.

The thesis is to consist of an introduction to the field of research with which the student is engaged, a clear statement of the problem under study, the objectives of the research, the approach taken, original results, interpretation, discussion, and conclusions. A concise review of the literature, and a bibliography of the most important literature should also be included.

The M.S. thesis has no set length, but is typically 30 to 40 pages. The format of the thesis (font, margins, etc.) must follow the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide.

For Ph.D. Candidates

In order to advance to Ph.D. candidacy, the student must submit a scholarly paper and make an oral presentation.

The paper and presentation are evaluated by a candidacy committee consisting of at least two faculty members, generally including the advisor and a member of the advisory committee.

Students with a well-developed thesis topic and research results are expected to include these results together with further research plans in their paper and presentation.

Students less far along with research will present background material and summaries of the research areas in which they will be working. A concise review of the literature is expected, along with a bibliography of the most important literature.

The length of the paper is expected to be between approximately 20 double space pages (12-point font) with 1-inch margins.

The paper is to be submitted to the candidacy committee at least two weeks before the date of the oral presentation.

The presentation is to last approximately 50 minutes and can be part of regularly scheduled seminar series such as the Informal Statistical Mechanics Seminar or the Nonlinear Dynamics Seminar. Two members of the candidacy committee must be present and there should be sufficient time for questions and discussion.

Within 12 to 18 months after beginning Ph.D. research, the student is to select a Ph.D. Thesis Examination Committee. 12 credits of CHPH899 (Ph.D. dissertation research, only available after advancement to Ph.D. candidacy) Written Ph.D. dissertation. The format of the dissertation (font, margins, etc.) must follow the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide.