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Graduate student resources

Documents & forms:

Schedules & deadlines:


Graduate-Training Faculty

The faculty listed below are currently training graduate students.

Mangilal Agarwal
Nanotechnology, Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Frederique Deiss
Bioanalytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Diagnostics

Millie M. Georgiadis
Biological Chemistry, Chemical Biology

John Goodpaster
Analytical, Forensic Science

Sebastien Laulhe
Organic Chemistry

Lei Li
Biological Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Inorganic/Bioinorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Eric C. Long
Biological Chemistry, Chemical Biology

Nicholas Manicke
Analytical, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Forensic Science

Robert E. Minto
Biological Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry

Christoph A. Naumann
Materials/Biomaterials, Physical/Biophysical Chemistry

Jingzhi Pu
Computational Chemistry, Physical/Biophysical Chemistry

Rajesh Sardar

Yuichiro Takagi
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Pratibha Varma-Nelson
Chemical Education, Organic Chemistry

Ian Webb
Bioanalytical Chemistry

Graduate Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is a course contract with the University. It includes the 500 and 600 level courses from the Chemistry Department (primary area) and courses from other departments (related areas) that the student intends to apply toward the degree. It does not include 698/699 credits but does include 599 (if applicable) and 695 credits. Plans of Study will not be accepted by the Graduate School until an official final transcript indicating the award of a Bachelors Degree is received.

The official Plan of Study should be filed by full time students prior to the end of the third semester. The Thesis Advisory Committee must sign the form indicating their approval. For part-time students, the Plan of Study must be submitted at least one semester prior to graduation; confer with the Graduate Advisor to establish the committee.

You must have a GPA of 3.00/4.00 for all courses you list on your Plan of Study. A grade of B- may be used on your Plan of Study; however, grades below B- are not allowed. You may be required to repeat any course in which you receive a grade of C+ or below.

Forms are avialable here: http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/faculty/forms.cfm

PhD students use Form 4 and MS students use Form 6. A sample of a correctly filled out Plan of Study is included in the Forms section of this manual. Graduate faculty identifiers are listed on p. 21. Identifiers for Purdue University Chemistry Department faculty needed for PhD Plans of Study may be obtained from the Graduate Advisor.

Ph.D. Certification & Thesis

Certification is required before a student can register for Ph.D. research. Once the core courses are mostly completed and the Qualifying Examination passed, the student may be certified.

A thesis should be completed based upon his/her research, a departmental seminar over his/her research work should be presented. A final oral examination over the thesis must be scheduled and passed.

Progress reports are to be completed annually. Students will meet with local advisory committee (i.e. the Advisory Committee without the West Lafayette representative) at least once a year to set research goals and review progress towards completion of the PhD thesis research.

Graduation and Commencement

Undergraduate students

1) Complete the online graduation application & survey

  • May Graduation Application deadline: October 15
  • August Graduation Application deadline: January 15
  • December Graduation Application deadline: May 15

Undergraduate graduation audit
School of Science undergraduate students who have submitted the online graduation application for graduation will have a graduation audit prepared approximately 6 weeks before the start of their final semester/summer session.

  • Graduation audits are only prepared for students after they have registered for their final semester.
  • The School of Science Dean's Office and the student's major department will review the graduation audit. Both departments will determine if a student is recommended for graduation.
  • An e-mail will be sent to a student's IUPUI e-mail account regarding the graduation recommendation. Students who are not recommended for graduation will be provided with the list of remaining requirements that need to be completed before recommendation will be considered.
  • Any student whose remaining requirements are not completed in a timely manner will be removed from the graduation list.

Undergraduates who are finishing up research, an incomplete or last semester is at another institution
Undergraduate enrollment in CAND 99100 is only required for students who are not registered for any other course in the semester of graduation. This would include students completing course work, with prior approval, at another university, or students finishing an incomplete or research, for example. If enrolled in minimally one course in the final semester, then enrollment in CAND 99100 is not required. For questions, contact Darryl Newsom.

2) Review commencement details


Graduate students

1) Complete the online graduation application & survey

  • May Graduation Application deadline: October 15
  • August Graduation Application deadline: January 15
  • December Graduation Application deadline: May 15

2) Create thesis and schedule a thesis format review

Manuals for Thesis Preparation
All School of Science graduate students, with the exception of those pursuing an M.S. in geology or Ph.D. in applied earth sciences, should review Purdue University guidelines for thesis preparation.

Graduate students finishing up research, have an incomplete or are completing their last semester at another institution
Graduate and doctoral student enrollment in CAND 99100, CAND 99200, or CAND 99300 is dependent on remaining requirements. Speak with your advisor, email Mary Harden or call her at 317-278-0214 for more information.

Graduate Student Examination Deadlines & Candidacy Course Info
If you are entering the last semester of your Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Science degree, it is important to know the graduation deadlines set by Purdue or Indiana University. Both the applied earth sciences Ph.D. and biostatistics Ph.D. are awarded by Indiana University; all other doctorate degrees are awarded by Purdue University.

3) Review commencement details



IUPUI commencement activities for the school year are in May.  Students who complete degrees in December 2016, May and August 2017, are all eligible to participate. Please review the commencement 2017 FAQ.

Spring commencement - 2 ceremonies

University contact information for inquiries about graduation day

School of Science contact information

  • Undergraduate students, email Darryl Newsom or call her at 317-274-0684
  • Master and Doctoral students, email Mary Harden or call her at 317-278-0214
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Cumulative Candidacy Examinations

Ten cumulative examinations are offered each year. The student must pass five cumulative examinations by the end of the fourth semester.

Cumulative exam dates

Specific dates will be announced at the beginning of each academic year. Generally, cumulative examinations are given once each month on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in LD 326T. Occasionally topics are posted. The Graduate Administrator will provide information on a topic as it is received.

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination should be scheduled within one year of the completion of the M.S. degree, and must be taken at least a full year before the expected graduation date. The exam involves several steps:

  1. The Ph.D. advisor, with the assistance of the student's Ph.D. Committee, will advise the student on the content of the examination. Generally, it is expected that the content will address aspects of the student's proposed Ph.D. research.
  2. The student prepares a 10-25-page report on his/her proposed research and results obtained to date. The student will be expected to understand the significance of the research and be able to place it in a broad perspective.
  3. The Ph.D. Advisory Committee will review the written report and schedule an oral examination to test the student's preparedness to pursue Ph.D. studies.
  4. Questions in the exam need not be restricted to specifics of the research area.
  5. Based on the student's course work, his/her research proposal, and the oral examination, the Advisory Committee will determine what further course and other work may be required to properly prepare the student for his/her research, thesis preparation, and thesis defense.

Unexpected passion for research leads to MD/PhD program at NYU

Josh Horton 2012 Alumnus, B.S. Chemistry, M.D./Ph.D. Student, New York University of Medicine
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