Students establish an Advisory Committee, headed by the Research Advisor, at the end of their first year. This committee helps the student prepare for the Qualifying Examination (given at the end of the second or third year), which typically includes the writing and presentation of a Dissertation Research Proposal (extramural grant format). The Qualifying Examination assesses the student’s competency in the Anatomical sub-disciplines and chosen minor and also determines if the student is prepared to begin thesis research. Upon passing the Qualifying Examination, the student is admitted to candidacy for the PhD. The student’s Committee advises the student throughout the conduct and completion of the doctoral research project, including the writing and defense of a Dissertation. For additional information about this program, email Joseph Bidwell, PhD.