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Program Timeline

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Below is a suggested program timeline for Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD Graduate Students

First Semester

  • Student begins to develop proposed dissertation project in consultation with major advisor.
  • Form Supervisory Committee – Student submits Appointment of Supervisory Committee Form.
  • Convene initial committee meeting – Student brings completed Program Development Form and an outline of proposed research topic for discussion with the committee.

Second Semester

  • Student begins to draft written proposal and animal care protocols (if necessary).

Third Semester

  • Second Week – Student submits written proposal for dissertation project, receives feedback, presents proposal presentation.

Fifth Semester

  • Comprehensive Exam

Seventh Semester

Eighth Semester

  • Student completes Application for Graduate Degree in my.BoiseState student center following instructions provided.  If you have not submitted a candidacy form you will receive an error message and will not be able to apply for graduation. The deadline for the Application to Graduate comes early in the semester – check the graduate catalog for details.
  • Student completes and defends dissertation (be aware of the deadlines for defending and submitting completed dissertation to graduate college, and program rules for scheduling a defense!)
  • Student submits required materials to Graduate College.
Intervening Period between Specific Deadlines Listed Above
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation Research
  • Student analyzes data; continues research; writes about preliminary results or research projects; attends meetings etc.
  • Student meets with and updates graduate committee regularly about research progress.