Current Students

The Preliminary Exam

All HCDE PhD students participate in the preliminary exam during the autumn quarter of their second year in the program.

All tenure-line HCDE faculty are members of the preliminary exam committee. Each member of the committee shall have one vote in deciding whether a student passes, fails, or must re-do part of the exam—oral or written. Decisions will be made by a majority vote.

Possible outcomes for the exam are: pass, fail, or revisions required. Committee feedback to the student may include (a) changes that are required before a passing evaluation is given, or (b) changes that are suggested for making the research more professional, suitable for publication, etc. In other words, the exam is also a valuable opportunity to provide feedback to students that can help improve their scholarly work.

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