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Graduate Student Forms

First Guidance Committee/Oral Subject Exam/Comprehensive exam

Prior to holding your meeting, students must submit their GradPlan, listing their committee members.  This part of GradPlan must be approved before the public announcement is sent out/or committee meeting held.  Job aid for utilizing the new GradPlan can be found at here.
To send out the public announcement - Send the following information to the PA Graduate Program Secretary the following information 2 weeks PRIOR:
Name, Date, Time, Room/Zoom link and passcode, Thesis Title and Committee Members (*the chairperson)
Upon completion of the first guidance committee meeting, the first guidance committee report forms (link below) must be saved in 1 PDF along with approvals from all committee members (physically signed, digitally signed or email form) and sent to graduate program director, who will review, sign and forward to PA graduate secretary for processing. Usually, for graduate students in physics, the first guidance committee also serves as the oral subject exam and constitutes the completion of the comprehensive exam requirement. Therefore, the student must also complete the comprehensive exam completion form for physics and send to the PA Graduate Program Secretary. For graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics, the completion of the comprehensive exam is marked by the second-year project and the completion of required course work and recorded by the comprehensive completion for for astronomy and astrophysics. Both of these forms are linked below. 

It is also the responsibility of the graduate student to maintain their GradPlan in Campus Solutions and follow up with their committee members as needed. 

Second and later guidance committee meetings 

For second and later guidance committee meetings, please use the following form, which must be saved in 1 PDF along with approvals from all committee members (physically signed, digitally signed or email form) and sent to graduate program director, who will review, sign and forward to PA graduate secretary for processing.

PHD Completion form & Graduate School Forms

Upon successful completion of PhD Thesis Defense, form must be saved in 1 PDF along with approvals from all committee members (either digitally signed or email form) and sent to PA graduate secretary for processing and recording in GradPlan.

PhD Completion Form

Additional information regarding Electronic thesis and dissertation submissions can be found at the The Graduate School

The Graduate School does have some  paperwork that is required in order for your Ph.D. degree to be conferred by the Department, NatSci, Graduate School and Registrar's Office:
New ETD Approval Form
IRB letter
Doctoral students Exit Survey
SED Survey
(Michigan State University REQUIRES verification of completion of the survey)