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Summary of Graduate Program Requirements

Tulane Department of Chemistry

 2018 Graduate Handbook

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Entering Students............................................................................................... 1

 

General Requirements for all Chemistry Students

                     1.       Courses............................................................................... 1

                     2.       Selection of Research Advisors.......................................... 1

                     3.       Cumulative Exams.............................................................. 2

                     4.       Full-time Residence Status................................................. 2

                     5.       Tenure for Degree Students................................................ 2

                     6.       Graduate Prospectus........................................................... 3

                     7.       Grade Point Evaluation........................................................ 3

                     8.       Graduate Program Deadlines.............................................. 4

                     9.       Diplomas.............................................................................. 4

                     10.     Compensation and Employment Outside the University      4

 

General Information

          Transfer Credits........................................................................................ 5

          Leaves of Absence................................................................................... 5

          Honor System........................................................................................ 5-6


Appendix A  

          Continuous Registration Requirements................................................... 7


 Appendix B

          MS Degree Requirements................................................................... 8-9


Appendix C

          PhD Degree Requirements............................................................. 10-12


Forms

Research Advisor Selection Form .................................................................. 13

Thesis / Dissertation Committee Form............................................................ 14

Seminar Review Form .................................................................................... 15

 

Department of Chemistry

SUMMARY OF GRADUATE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Revised 2015                                  

I.        ENTERING STUDENTS

          Students entering with a bachelor's degree in chemistry with normal preparation in chemistry should anticipate completion of doctoral degree requirements in about five years of full-time work (including summer).

Placement examinations will be administered to all entering graduate students in order that students can begin course work at the most appropriate level.   Students performing significantly below national norms on the placement exams will require some remedial course work at the undergraduate level. The placement exams cover inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

In their first year of study students should work to complete their course work, begin taking cumulative exams and choose a research advisor. Requirements for course work and guidelines for selection of a research advisor are stated under Requirements. 

A Master's degree is offered for those students who are unable to complete the PhD requirements as long as they meet the minimal requirements for the Master's degree (see Appendix B).

II.       REQUIREMENTS

          General Requirements for all Chemistry Students

 1.       Courses - Specific Requirements for the M.S. and PhD degrees are given in Appendix B and C.   Students are encouraged to complete their course requirement as quickly as possible after entering the program, preferably within their first four semesters. An ordinary load in the program is 9 to 12 hours (at least three 3 lecture courses).

Students must meet the Continuous Registration Requirement of the Chemistry Department (as defined in Appendix A).  In addition, the Department requires that students must successfully complete 6 hours of course work (not including independent study or thesis research) each semester during the first two semesters of graduate study.  Students unable to satisfy this requirement may be subject to academic probation. Failure to comply with this requirement in two consecutive semesters is adequate justification for expulsion from the program.

 2.       Selection of Research Advisor -  All first year graduate students are  required to interview at least five faculty members to discuss possible research projects.   Students should attend presentations given by faculty describing their research as one means of interviewing faculty member. Students beginning in the fall semester must select a research advisor prior to the end of their second semester in the graduate program.  Students that begin in January are strongly encouraged to join a research group before the first summer.  Students should be aware that faculty/advisor relationship is by mutual agreement.  Both the student and the advisor must sign a Research Advisor Selection Form (available on the department's website, as well as appended in the back of this book.  The Research Advisor Selection Form must be complete and submitted to the Chemistry Department office before the end of the first semester.

3.       Cumulative Exams - The written requirements for both the MS and PhD degrees are fulfilled by passing Cumulative exams; PhD requires the passing of 6 cumulative exams and M.S. requires the passing of 2 cumulative exams.  Exams are given 10 times a year, with separate examinations being given in the areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.  Students may attempt one or more individual exams each exam period

4.       Full time Residence Status - A student must be registered for at least three hours of graduate credit per semester. A student must be registered in full-time residence status in order to hold a fellowship, a scholarship, or any of the various kinds of assistantship.

5.       Tenure for Degree Students - Tenure is the maximum period of time normally permitted for the completion of all requirements for a degree and it is determined on the basis of consecutive academic years from the date of registration for Graduate Study at Tulane or another institution. Tenure is not affected by residence status. Under certain circumstances the Dean may extend tenure, but a student whose period of graduate study is unduly prolonged or interrupted may be required to perform additional work. Specific tenure requirements are given for each degree, below.

 a.       PhD Degree - The maximum time allowed by the SSE Graduate Program for completion of the PhD degree is  seven years. The Department, however, strongly encourages students to attempt to complete requirements in no more than five years.

b.       MS Degree - The maximum time allowed to obtain an MS degree is two years from entering the MS track.   

6.      Dissertation Prospectus

By the end of the fifth semester, students must submit a written proposal of their dissertation research project and make an oral presentation of it to their dissertation committee.  The prospectus should be approximately three doubled-spaced typewritten pages in length. The cover sheet should state the student's name, department/program, the title of the proposed dissertation, and the name of the chair and the other members of the committee. The introduction of the prospectus should contain a summary of earlier work on the problem. The body should include an orderly description of the plan for the investigation. The conclusion should clearly state the anticipated nature of the investigation results. Major sources of information should be indicated and a selective bibliography attached. The prospectus should be submitted to the SSE Graduate Programs office along with a signed copy of the prospectus approval form.

7.       Grade Point Evaluation -    Graduate students are expected to maintain a cumulative B average (3.0 on the system outlined below) in formal course work.

  The B average is determined by this scale:

    A    =        4.0   points per credit hours

    A-   =        3.67 points per credit hours

    B+  =        3.33 points per credit hours

    B    =        3.0   points per credit hours

    B-  =        2.67 points per credit hours

No grades below B- count towards graduate credits.   Written approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee is required prior to dropping a course.

A student who does not possess a cumulative average of 3.0 will be placed on probation for one or more semesters or dismissed. During the semester(s) on probation, the student must regain a 3.0 average while taking a full load of courses.  Failure to regain a 3.0 average during the probationary semester will result in either dismissal, provisional status for one semester, or limitation to a Master of Science degree, depending on faculty decision. A student on provisional status must remove him/herself from provisional status within one semester or face automatic dismissal.

In addition to the departmental requirement of a 3.0 cumulative average, the SSE Graduate Program requires that any student receiving a grade of B- (irrespective of his/her GPA) be considered for probation.  Receipt of two grades of B- or one grade below B- results in automatic probation and consideration for dismissal by the SSE Graduate Program in consultation with the department.

8.       Graduate Program Deadlines

A current issue of the graduate bulletin should be consulted to determine the appropriate deadlines for submission of the SSE Graduate Program prospectus and for submission of dissertation/thesis in order to be awarded a diploma for a PhD degrees earned in the School of Engineering (SSE) are awarded three times a year-December, May and August.  There is only one commencement program and that is held in May.  A candidate must be present to receive the degree unless the candidate has been excused by the associate dean.  A request to receive a degree in absentia must be filed in the dean's office at the time the diploma form is submitted.  Candidates for degrees are required to complete an application for degree form on or before the deadline dates.  

Important Deadlines

(Fall)  October (no ceremony)       Last day to submit Application for Degree Form

(Fall) November (no ceremony)    Last day to submit dissertations or Thesis in final form

(Fall) December (no ceremony)    Degrees Conferred

(Spring) May                                   Unified Ceremony

(**Check online with the SSE Graduate Program)

9.       Diplomas

                     The Registrar's Office distributes diplomas. Diplomas are not available until after the degree is conferred. Because there is no commencement in August or December, graduates complete a diploma/in absentia form to obtain their diploma. Students may opt to pick up their diploma, have the diploma mailed, or request that the diploma be held by the Registrar's Office until commencement.

10.      Compensation and Employment Outside the University

                    Graduate student compensation from all sources including scholarship, research assistantship, and teaching assistantship shall not exceed 125% of the current year's Board of Regents Scholarship level. Exceptions may be made for certain prestigious scholarships by the Graduate Affairs committee on a case by case basis. Employment outside the department is strictly prohibited.  Any off-campus employment for remuneration may disqualify a student from receiving SSE Graduate Program financial aid.

APPENDIX A

Continuous Registration Requirements

            A student admitted to the Department of Chemistry Graduate Program must maintain a continuous registration in a degree-granting division of the University (exclusive of Summer Session) until the awarding of the degree.  A student who is not registered for course work in a degree-granting division of the University must be registered in Master's Research or Dissertation Research in order to remain in continuous registration, including the summer semesters.

            The continuous registration requirement applies both to resident and non-resident students.     

            Students who have not completed the minimum course work requirement of the department must enroll for a minimum of 3 hours course work per semester or register for Master's Research (CHEM-9980) or Dissertation Research (CHEM-9990).  All students who have completed their minimum course work requirements, passed all required cumes, and successfully completed their dissertation prospectus, are required to register for Master's Research (three credit hours) or Dissertation Research (three credit hours).  This entitles students to full student privileges.  

The Department will assume that students failing to maintain continuous registration have withdrawn from the University.  The Department reserves the right not to readmit.   If a student is readmitted, he/she is obligated to pay the applicable fee required to maintain continuous registration. Students who have completed minimum course work requirements may register for additional courses in lieu of Master's Research or Dissertation Research. Tuition and fees will be assessed according to the usual schedule. 

APPENDIX   B

MS Degree Requirements

1.         Course Requirements  (5 courses total)

The minimum requirement for the Master's degree is five courses (15 course hours in total) at the 7000 level, three of which must be core courses. Out of the three core courses, up to two can be taken within one field of chemistry. The core courses offered, by division, are:

Physical Chemistry: 7110, 7120, 7150;

Inorganic Chemistry: 7210 or 7220, 7230 or 7240;


Organic and Biological Chemistry: 7410, 7420, 7460, 6830-40 (both courses combined count as one).

The remaining two elective courses should be selected from 7000 level chemistry courses or 7000 level courses from other SSE departments that meet the approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee. To meet the total number of hours required by the SSE Graduate Program, students may take up to 5 hours of research, Chemistry Department seminars, and courses in other departments.

Core-course description:

CHEM 7110 – Introductory Quantum Mechanics

CHEM 7120 – Statistical Mechanics

CHEM 7150 – Chemical Physics

 

CHEM 7210 – Inorganic Structure and Bonding

CHEM 7220 – Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms

CHEM 7230 – Organometallic Chemistry (Transition elements)

CHEM 7240 – Organometallic Chemistry (Main group elements)

 

CHEM 7410 – Advanced Organic – Physical Organic

CHEM 7420 – Advanced Organic – Spectroscopy

CHEM 7460 – Advanced Organic – Synthetic Applications

CHEM 6830-40 – Introductory Biochemistry and Intermediate Biochemistry         

2.     Cumulative Exams

M.S. candidates are required to pass two cumulative exams by their fourth semester of residence.  Failure to complete the requirement may result in expulsion from the program.     

3.     Thesis Committee and Thesis Research

After choosing a research advisor, but no later than the third semester of residence,  students are required to obtain agreements from two faculty members (other than the thesis advisor)  to participate as members of their thesis committee.  One member must be within the division of the research advisor and one member of the committee must be from a division other than that of the research advisor.  Students should complete and defend their thesis before the end of their 6th semester in residence. A written draft of the thesis should be available to the dissertation committee two weeks prior to the oral defense.   

4.     Tenure Requirements

The maximum time allowed by the department to obtain an M. S. degree is five years.  The Department, however, strongly encourages students in the M. S.  Program to complete the degree requirements within two years.  Students failing to meet the Graduate requirement may be required to complete additional requirements for the degree.

5.     Seminar

Registration for, and attendance at, Departmental seminars is required.  Three (3.0) hours of credit for seminar courses may be applied to the M.S. degree requirements.  M. S. students must present a seminar to the Department based upon a topic from the current chemical literature. The seminar must be presented before the end of the student's 4th semester in residence. The seminar should be scheduled with the departmental coordinator of the seminar program in the fall of the students second year.  Students presenting seminars are required to enlist two faculty to attend their seminar and provide the (2) faculty with the Seminar Review Form for a review of the quality of the presentation.   The Seminar Review Form can be obtained from the department website and also appended in the back of this book.   Students should remember that faculty will only agree to attend if given sufficient notice (one to two weeks) before the seminar.

APPENDIX C

PhD Degree Requirements

 

1.      Course Requirements  

The minimum requirement for the PhD degree is six courses (18 course hours in total) at the 7000 level, four of which must be core courses. Out of the four core courses, up to three can be taken within one field of chemistry. The core courses offered, by division, are:

 

Physical Chemistry: 7110, 7120, 7150;

Inorganic Chemistry: 7210 or 7220, 7230 or 7240;

Organic and Biological Chemistry: 7410, 7420, 7460, 6830-40 (both courses combined count as one).

The remaining two elective courses should be selected from 7000 level chemistry courses or 7000 level courses from other SSE departments that meet the approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee. In addition, students should register for a total of six hours of seminar over the first six semesters of matriculation. In all, a total of 48 course hours are required for the Ph.D. students.  Up to 24 course hours of the 48 hours required may be taken in Chem 7890 (Techniques of Research) and special interest courses (6000 or above) offered by the Department of Chemistry or related departments.  Students should obtain prior approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee to ensure that the courses taken in other departments will count toward the degree.

 

Core-course description:

CHEM 7110 – Introductory Quantum Mechanics

CHEM 7120 – Statistical Mechanics

CHEM 7150 – Chemical Physics

 

CHEM 7210 – Inorganic Structure and Bonding

CHEM 7220 – Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms

CHEM 7230 – Organometallic Chemistry (Transition elements)

CHEM 7240 – Organometallic Chemistry (Main group elements)

 

CHEM 7410 – Advanced Organic – Physical Organic

CHEM 7420 – Advanced Organic – Spectroscopy

CHEM 7460 - Advanced Organic - Synthetic Applications

CHEM 6830-40 – Introductory Biochemistry and Intermediate

                             Biochemistry


       2.   Cumulative Exams

PhD candidates are required to pass 6 total cumulative exams, at least two by the end of their fourth semester of residence and all six by the end of the 6th semester.    In addition, at least 3 of the 6 exams must be passed in the candidate's area of concentration. 

Students failing to pass two cumes by the end of their fourth semester may be expelled from the program.  Students unable to complete 6 cumes in 6 semesters will be automatically placed in the M.S. program and be expected to complete the M.S. thesis by the end of the seventh semester.

   3.      Seminar

Registration for, and attendance at, Department seminars is required.  Students are required to register for Division Seminar every semester until they have been admitted to candidacy.  Six (6.0) hours of credit for seminar courses may be applied to the PhD degree requirements.  All PhD candidates must present a seminar to the Department based upon a topic from the current chemical literature.  The seminar must be presented before the end of the students' 4th semester in residence. The seminar should be scheduled with the chemistry department coordinator for seminar programs.  Students presenting seminars are required to enlist two faculty to attend their seminar and provide the faculty with a Seminar Review Form for a written review of the quality of the presentation; the Seminar Review Form can be obtained from the department website and also appended in the back of this book.   Students should remember that faculty will only agree to attend if given sufficient notice (one to two weeks) before the seminar.                              

   4.      Tenure Requirement

The maximum time allowed by the SSE Graduate Program for completion of the PhD degree is seven years.  The department, however, strongly encourages students to attempt to complete requirements in no more than five years.      

5.        Dissertation Committee

After choosing a research advisor (no later than the second semester of residence), students must obtain agreements from a minimum three chemistry faculty members (other than the thesis advisor) to participate as members of their thesis committee.  Two members must be within the division of the research advisor and one member of the committee must be from a division in the Chemistry Department other than that of the research advisor.  Students must submit to the Chemistry Department a signed and completed Thesis / Dissertation Committee Form. The form can be obtained on the department's website.

6.        Dissertation Prospectus

By the end of the fifth semester, students must submit a written proposal of their dissertation research project and make an oral presentation of it to their dissertation committee.  The prospectus should be approximately three doubled-spaced typewritten pages in length. The cover sheet should state the student's name, department/program, the title of the proposed dissertation, and the name of the chair and the other members of the committee. The introduction of the prospectus should contain a summary of earlier work on the problem. The body should include an orderly description of the plan for the investigation. The conclusion should clearly state the anticipated nature of the investigation results. Major sources of information should be indicated and a selective bibliography attached. The prospectus should be submitted to the SSE Graduate Programs office along with a signed copy of the prospectus approval form.   

7.        Admission to Candidacy

           Prior to the dissertation, an application for admission to candidacy should be filed with the SSE.  This should be done approximately one semester before the final dissertation.  Deadlines are posted on the SSE web site.

8.        Dissertation

The PhD dissertation must reflect the ability of the student to conduct an independent investigation which results in an original contribution to knowledge or an original interpretation of existing knowledge. The research is expected to be reported to the scientific community in the form of publications in refereed journals and/or conference presentations.  The student should consult the SSE Dean's Office to determine the proper format for the PhD dissertation. Upon completion of all other PhD requirements, the student will give a final oral defense of their PhD dissertation. A written draft of the dissertation should be available to the dissertation committee two weeks prior to the oral defense.  This final examination will consist principally of the defense of the dissertation, but may be extended at the discretion of the PhD examining committee to include course material. The satisfactory completion of this final requirement completes the student's doctoral program.

RESEARCH ADVISOR SELECTION FORM

 

 

DATE ________________________

                                                                                

 

 

                    

Name of Student Presenting___________________           ___________________

   Print Name                                  Signature

        

 

 

Thesis / Dissertation Advisor___________________          __________________

   Print Name                                    Signature

 

 

Additional Faculty Members Interviewed:   

 

                                                                                                        

1.   _________________________           ________________________

      Print Name                                               Signature

 

 

 

 

2.   ________________________           _________________________

      Print Name                                             Signature

 

 

 

3.   ________________________           _________________________

       Print Name                                            Signature

 

 

 

4.   ________________________           _________________________

       Print Name                                            Signature

 

THESIS / DISSERTATION COMMITTEE FORM

 

 

DATE ______________________________

 

Name of Student Presenting Seminar_______________________________

                                                                 Print Name

 

 

Thesis / Dissertation Advisor _______________           ____________________

                                                     Print Name                     Signature

 

 

Additional Thesis / Dissertation Committee Members:   Faculty signing this form agree to serve as readers for the MS thesis or PhD dissertation of the above named student.

 

 

 

 

1.   ________________________            _________________________

           Print Name                                         Signature

 

 

 

 

2.   ________________________           _________________________

          Print Name                                         Signature

 

 

 

 

3.   ________________________           _________________________

         Print Name                                          Signature

 

 

 

NOTE:  Names of committee members should be submitted to the Department of Chemistry office, no later than the end of the students fourth semester.  MS advisor plus two additional members; PhD advisor plus three additional members.

SEMINAR REVIEW FORM

 

 

DATE _______________________________

 

 

Name of Student Presenting Seminar____________________________________

                                                                 Print Name                                                                                         

 

 

Written Comments of Faculty regarding quality of presentation.    Please comment on the level of detail, scientific sophistication, organization and clarity of the presentation.  Use additional sheets if necessary.   _______________________________________________________

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