Program Timeline

First year

Third week in August

Orientation Week

  • Initial advisory committee meeting
  • Fall RCR Orientation weekend in Greensboro
By September 8Submit first rotation to Program Coordinator
By December 15Submint second rotation to Program Coordinator
By December 20
  • Advisory Committee meeting
  • Register for spring semester
By April 15Submit third rotation to Program Coordinator
By April 30
  • Advisory Committee meeting
  • Register for fall semester
By end of summer term

Submit to Program Coordinator:

  • Dissertation Advisor/Co-Advisor Selection Form
  • Dissertation Student Commitment Form
  • Financial Statement Form

Second Year

By August 30
  • Meet with Advisory Committee
  • Submit Committe Approval Form to Program Coordinator
By March 1
  • Pre-Prelim meeting with Dissertation Committee to prepare for preliminary exam
  • Submit one-page summary to Program Coordinator and Dissertation Committee
  • Submit preliminary target date to program coordinator
By April 15

Submit to Program Coordinator

  • Progress Report Form
  • Annual Survey
By July 31
  • Schedule preliminary exam
  • Give date of preliminary exam to Program Coordinator

Third Year

By December 1
  • Submit written propsal to Program Coordinator and Preliminary Committee prior to scheduled preliminary exam
  • Preliminary exam
By April 30

Submit to Program Coordinator:

  • Progress Report Form
  • Annual Survey

Fourth Year and Beyond

Before the last day of fall semester
  • Annual meeting with dissertation committee
  • Submit summary of progress towards dissertation (1-2 pages) to committee and Program Coordinator prior to meeting
By April 30

Submit to Program Coordinator:

  • Progress Report Form
  • Annual Survey