The Good Candidacy and the Good Defense
Date: May 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The PhD candidacy exam is likely the most important exam in a student’s career. Few students have encountered this style of exam as delivered by a collection of their intellectual mentors. Uncertainty, confusion and anxiety of students and inexperienced faculty are common. Clearer and better communicated rules, administrative procedures, and expectations will reduce the distraction of nerves and distorted interpretations. The ideal candidacy will allow student performance and growth to be the primary focus of exam outcomes.
In this workshop we also present the University’s system of supporting candidacy exams and draw on the experiences and suggestions of participating faculty members. We will discuss “must-follow” guidelines as well as the gray areas that require some subjectivity and building of consensus. Many of these same principles will be applied to the "good defense". The content of this workshop will cover the “before, during, and after” of PhD candidacy exams and thesis defenses.
John A. Nychka, PhD, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Professor, Chemical & Materials Engineering
Lee Foote, PhD, Director, University of Alberta, Devonian Botanic Garden, and Professor, Renewable Resources.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes and room capacity. You will receive a calendar invite with the room number information, please indicate 'yes' to confirm your attendance and ensure it will be added to your calendar.
RSVP will close when event reaches capacity or on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 4 p.m.