Quals Committee Format Exam

Quals Committee Format Forms:

Application for Committee Format Qualifying Examination (faculty)
Committee Format Qualifying Examination Areas (student)
Committee Format Qualifying Examination Results (faculty & student)

Committee Format Qualifying Examination Procedures

The Committee Format Qualifying exam is a modified oral examination. It is intended to provide you with a different exam format. Your presentation should be concise and provide the committee with evidence of your research preparedness and capabilities.

Exam Committee:

Your Committee Format exam committee consists of the following 3 members (all members must be on the Academic Council). Two members must be EE faculty and the Committee Chair cannot be your research advisor:

a) The Chair

b) Your research advisor
c) Third faculty member

Your Committee Chair and third examiner will be assigned to you once the department has approved your application for the Committee Format exam, which consists of a completed faculty form and a completed student form.  You will be responsible for scheduling the exam date with the assistance of your committee. The exam should be administrated within two months of the committee being formed. You must be registered in the quarter you take the Committee Format exam.

Room Scheduling:

You are responsible for reserving a room for your exam. After you have located a room, check with the person who schedules that room in order to reserve it. (Room list)

Please reserve the room for an hour-and-a-half to two hours to allow you adequate time to get set up in the room before your exam begins and for the committee to deliberate after you are questioned.

Examination format:

The exam will consist of the following:

Students are to present:

       a) 15 minutes -

          1. Background information on the state of the art of their research topic. This may include a literature review if applicable, or demonstration that they have become familiar with the lab equipment used for their research.
          2. A high level description of their research plan.
          3. Any research results if available

It is encouraged that you rehearse your presentation with critical friends until it fits comfortably within the limit;


b) 15 minutes - faculty committee will question you about your research;

c) 30 minutes - faculty committee will broadly question you about the electrical engineering areas you have chosen;

d) Faculty committee will deliberate;

e) Exam results will be sent to you via email within 1 week.

Final Reporting Procedures:

Complete parts I and II on the Committee Format Qualifying Examination Results form, print the form and bring it to your exam. After concluding the exam, the committee members will email their votes to Amy Duncan (rather than voting together immediately after the exam ends).  If there is a split vote (2-1 for or against) Amy will give the results to the Associate Chair for Graduate Education, who will make the final decision.

QUESTIONS?
 Feel free to contact Amy Duncan in Packard 177 or call/email 723-3194, aduncan@stanford.edu.