QUALS FORM: Application for Qualifying Examination
Guidelines for Conducting the PhD Qualifying Exam via Zoom:
Zoom Qualifying Exam Guidelines
All PhD students need to complete and pass the qualifying exam, prior to the end of winter quarter of their second year of study (last day of class). You must be registered in the quarter you take the qualifying exam.
The qualifying exam is an oral examination intended to provide the examination committee with evidence of your research preparedness and capabilities and allow the committee to give you useful feedback on your research direction.
Your committee consists of 3 members, your advisor and two others. All committee members must be on the Academic Council, and at least two members must be EE faculty (not courtesy).
You will be responsible for forming your exam committee and scheduling the exam date and room. Once the details of your event are finalized, bring the Application for Qualifying Examination form to the Degree Progress Officer.
You are responsible for reserving a room for your exam. After you have located a room, check with your faculty administrator to book the room in Packard building or AllenX building as the Registrar rooms are not open. If your faculty administrator is not in EE (e.g., CS, Ginzton Lab, etc.), please have the administrator connect with Anna Lou (firstname.lastname@example.org(link opens email)) for assistance on scheduling a room.
From Spring 19-20 to Winter 21-22, the PhD qualifying exam can be scheduled via Zoom. Please see Zoom Qualifying Exam Guidelines.
- 15 minutes for the student to present background and proposed research.
- 15 minutes for the committee to ask questions. Question topics can include the presented research or related general topics.
- (Optional) 15 minutes for committee members to make suggestions.
- The Faculty committee will then deliberate.
Final Reporting Procedures
After the qualifying exam, students must remind their committee to submit their vote at gradapps.stanford.edu/QualsVote.
If there is a split vote (2-1 for or against), the Degree Progress Officer will give the results to the Associate Chair for Graduate Education, who will make the final decision.
Exam results will be sent to you via email within 1 week.
Feel free to contact the Degree Progress Officer, Laura Krebs, Packard 165 or email email@example.com (link opens email).