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Each committee should include whoever teaches the core course in that field on a regular basis or has taught it recently. Committees are charged with a constructing a single reading list for each exam, b revising that list periodically, c writing a single exam for each exam period, and d grading that set of exams, along with whatever second year papers fall into their field. Reading lists include material presented in core and level courses, though they need not be limited to that material.

An online database including the current reading list along with old exams will be kept on Blackboard, by approval of the committee.

The standard time-limit for the exam will be 8 hours, i. This time limit will be strictly enforced. If students do not hand in their exam at 5: Committees will determine whether the student a fails each exam including the Second Year Paper , b passes at an M. Students who fail one or more elements of the qualifying examination are permitted to take that element s a second time, but not a third. Students are encouraged to defend their prospectus in Spring of Year 3.

Work on the proposal can begin at any time. However, it cannot be submitted to GRS until all requirements for the Ph. Once a student has decided on a probable dissertation topic, he or she must assemble a committee of three faculty members the first, second, and third readers for the prospectus defense. The first reader must be a regular faculty member of the GFPS except under unusual circumstances which must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The student should write the first draft of the dissertation proposal in close consultation with the faculty member who agrees to serve as the first reader.

Students should check with the Director of Graduate Studies regarding the length and format of the prospectus. When the proposal is completed, the student should circulate copies to readers, and — working through the Graduate Program Coordinator — schedule a defense of the proposal. The defense committee, a minimum of three members, must include the faculty members who have been designated as first, second, and third readers.

Other graduate students and faculty may attend, but not participate in, these defenses. In the event that a proposal is not approved at the defense, candidates are given the opportunity to schedule a second defense. Failure to receive approval for the dissertation proposal at the second defense, however, will lead to recommendation to the Graduate School for termination from the program.

A completed dissertation must be submitted for defense no more than five years after the completion of the Qualifying Examinations. Students are responsible for keeping faculty members informed of their progress in completing the dissertation and should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for information about graduation deadlines, the scheduling of the defense, the submission of the dissertation abstract, and the format of the dissertation.

The defense committee is composed of five faculty members, including the three readers who approved the proposal, a fourth reader, and a chair. Students are encouraged to select a fourth reader as early as possible in the dissertation-writing process; ideally, this person will also participate in the prospectus defense. The chair of the defense committee can be selected closer to the event, in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator, based on the availability of relevant faculty members.

Any changes will go into effect for the cohort and do not apply retroactively. During their fifth semester, students will take qualifying exams in the two areas of substantive concentration. Each exam will consist of two parts: Dissertation committees will include three or, at most, four professors, with a chairperson from Political Science and at least one member outside of the Political Science Department.

Students are required to take seminars on grant writing the Professional Skills Seminar and dissertation prospectus preparation during their fifth semester; and, by the end of their third year, students will present a written prospectus for dissertation research and conduct an oral defense before their committee.

On defending their prospectus, students will advance to candidacy, and will have three years in which to complete their dissertation. Political Science Graduate Handbook.

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After passing the Ph.D. preliminary examinations, students should participate in the Research Workshop and develop a to page dissertation prospectus. In consultation with his/her faculty adviser, the student organizes a Prospectus Committee which will normally consist of 3 .

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One committee member may be from outside the Department of Political Science or outside Brown University. 2. Drafting of the Prospectus. In consultation with members of the dissertation committee, you must draft a prospectus that is consistent with the spirit if not the letter of the specifications outlined below ("Contents of the Prospectus").

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The dissertation prospectus is a proposed plan for your doctoral research. It will be reviewed by your committee, who will provide constructive feedback to help shape your research plan. A prospectus defines a dissertation’s nature and scope and will serve as an action plan for the dissertation. What the committee is looking for is a well-formulated plan of why the research is relevant, and how it will be done.

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