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Information for PhD Dissertation Students

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Qualifying Exam Committee

This form is to be completed by PhD students at least 4 weeks before the Qualifying Exam takes place. This form serves to identify faculty members who are willing to serve on the student's qualifying exam committee.

Qualifying Exam Committee Form

Qualifying Exam research group information

Click on the appropriate research area to view more information as needed in order to prepare for  your Qualifying exam (QE).

  1. Control Systems
  2. Electromagnetics
  3. Microelectronics
  4. Power Systems
  5. Sensor Technology
  6. Signal and Images

Outcome of Qualifying Examination

This form is to be completed by the Qualifying Exam Committee. It serves to record the outcome of the Qualifying Exam. The Chairman of the committee is to submit form to the graduate office.

Qualifying Exam Outcome Form

Dissertation Committee

The following policies must be followed while forming the dissertation committee:

  1. A dissertation committee shall consist of at least five members.
  2. At least three members must be regular ECE faculty, i.e., Assistant, Associate or Full Professors with a primary appointment in ECE.
  3. At least two members must have a primary regular faculty appointment at UH but outside ECE. Alternatively, one of these two may have a primary affiliation with an organization other than UH. This committee member must a PhD, and his/her vita should be provided to the Graduate Director. Joint ECE faculty, joint research faculty, and adjunct faculty will always be counted as members that are outside of ECE.
  4. Only regular or joint ECE faculty may serve as the chair of the committee, but Adjunct or Research faculty (at the rank of Associate Professor or higher) who served as the research advisor may be listed as co-chair, upon approval by the Graduate Director. The responsibility that the thesis/dissertation meets the standards and format required by the ECE Department and the Cullen College of Engineering rests with the chair (and co-chair).

The dissertation committee form must be submitted with original signatures from faculty members who will serve on the committee. Follow the degree program guideline for when to complete the form. Follow ECE Dept. calendar for form submission deadline. The form must be approved by the ECE director of graduate studies prior to proceeding with the next step on the road to a degree.

Committee Form

Update Committee Form

Dissertation Proposal

Once the Dissertation Committee has been formed and approved, the student should prepare and defend a dissertation Proposal. During this semester, the student must be enrolled in ECE 6399. The Dissertation Committee should confirm their approval by signing the Proposal Form. This form, together with a copy of the approved dissertation proposal, has to be submitted to the ECE Dept. by the deadline specified on the semester calendar.

Proposal Form

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation announcement is to let the public know that the student has successfully completed his/her research and that he/she is ready for graduation. The announcement must be distributed to all faculty and students. One additional copy must be submitted to the ECE Dept. for filing.

After the successful defense of the Dissertation Proposal, the student may register for ECE 7399. Ideally, the student should enroll in ECE 7399 during the semester in which the dissertation is defended and in which the student plans to graduate. The student should adhere to the dissertation submission deadlines posted on the Dept. calendar. In case the student does not complete the dissertation while enrolled in ECE 7399, (s) he should enroll in research courses (ECE 6x98) in future semesters until the dissertation is completed to the satisfaction of the committee.

NOTE: The student may request that the members of the Dissertation Committee review and comment on a preliminary version of the dissertation. This procedure is encouraged since it should provide the student with ideas on how to improve the quality of the dissertation and should also facilitate its acceptance. The student is required to present the final draft of the dissertation to the members of the committee no later than two weeks prior to the date of the dissertation defense. The student should be aware that he/she may be required to make substantial changes, before and after the defense, in the dissertation in order to satisfy the requirements of the committee.

Announcement Form

Preparation for Dissertation Writing

It is important for students to follow the current guidelines written by the College of Engineering while preparing dissertation for submission to avoid delays in approval of dissertation. The college website contains official guidelines for students to follow.

Dissertation Submission

Upon successful defense of the dissertation, and once all signatures of the committee members have been obtained, the student must submit one copy of the dissertation to the Director of Graduate Studies for review. A dissertation submission form and this copy, together with the correct number of signature pages, must be submitted to the ECE front desk before the deadline stated in the Dept. calendar.

Dissertation Submission for Review Form

ECE Dept. Chair's Signature

Once the dissertation has been approved by the director of graduate studies, dissertation and official signature pages will be submitted to the chairman for his signature. The student will be notified by staff for pick up. Dept. process for dissertation submission is now complete. Students must now submit the dept. approved dissertation submission form with appropriate documents to the Dean's office for review.

Signature Page Example

Dissertation Submission for Binding

The College web site listed below provides instructions on how to submit the dissertation once the dean's office has given approval for binding. Once the student is at this stage, he/she must submit a copy of the dissertation binding agreement received from the Dean's office to the ECE dept. so that appropriate letter grade(s) can be awarded.

Breadth Requirements

The breadth requirements needs to be completed by students seeking a PhD degree. A general petition is to be used to indicate which two courses a student intends to use to meet the breadth requirement. These courses may have been completed as part of a previously obtained MS degree (awarded by UH or other institution). A list of breadth courses is provided here.