Student Check Points

Interdisciplinary Materials Science & Engineering PhD Program
 

In addition to meeting all the PhD requirements of your home department or program, students in the Materials Science & Engineering PhD program need to meet the following requirements:

1. SELECT A CO-ADVISOR: In consultation with your advisor, you will select a co-advisor that crosses disciplines, preferably from outside your home department. The co-advisor's role is to mentor you and guide your research, providing a perspective from outside your discipline. The co-advisor you select will depend upon your research, your advisor, and your advising needs. You should follow your home department or program policies when selecting a co-advisor. To see co-advisors of current Materials Science & Engineering students, visit the Current Doctoral Program Students page.

2. SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH OVERVIEW: When your research is defined, submit the one-page, faculty-approved research overview to the MS&E staff mse-list@nd.edu (most likely in your second or third year). Please use this template. You will be notified by the MS&E staff after the MS&E Steering Committee has reviewed your overview. The Committee meets approximately four times per year for this purpose, so you can submit at any time during the year.

If you weren’t admitted to ND in the MS&E program, your department will transfer you to the MS&E curriculum upon approval of your research overview by the Steering Committee. However, you remain a student in your department!

Note: Submission of the research overview is not needed for those students who enter the program upon being awarded a Materials Science & Engineering PhD fellowship, as the overview is required as part of the fellowship proposal. 

3. COMPLETE MS&E COURSE REQUIREMENTS: You will receive an annual course update after the end of the spring semester from MS&E staff regarding your progress toward meeting MS&E course requirements, explained here: https://nano.nd.edu/materials-science/courses/ 

4. SUBMIT YOUR ORAL CANDIDACY MATERIALS: Submit your candidacy materials to the MS&E staff mse-list@nd.edu at the same time you send the material to your committee. The MS&E Steering Committee reviews your material to ensure your research is still aligned with the research outlined in your research overview (Step 2 above). Your co-advisor is expected to be part of the examination committee, which includes both the candidacy and defense examinations.

  • Your MS&E course requirements must also be fulfilled at this point in order for the MS&E DGS to sign off on your Application for Admission to Doctoral Degree Candidacy form.

5. SUBMIT YOUR DISSERTATION MATERIALS: Submit your dissertation to the MS&E staff mse-list@nd.edu at the same time you send the material to your committee. The MS&E Steering Committee reviews your material to ensure your research is still aligned with the research outlined in your research overview (Step 2 above). Your co-advisor is expected to be part of the examination committee, which includes both the candidacy and defense examinations.

Contact the MS&E staff with any questions. We’re happy to help!