Full-time PhD students receive competitive graduate fellowships or research assistantships comprising an annual stipend up to $26,000 plus full coverage of graduate tuition. Students normally enter the PhD program in the Fall semester. Consistent with the interdisciplinary emphasis of the PhD program, students are encouraged to take courses in chemical engineering and in other science and engineering graduate programs across the campus.
The coursework is designed not only to furnish a foundation for thesis research but also to prepare students for a dynamic professional career upon graduation. As part of their educational experience, all PhD students are expected to provide undergraduate teaching assistance during the first two semesters. Doctoral students are expected to transition from the classroom to full-time research by the end of the second semester.
Under the direction of a faculty advisor, the student is expected to conduct independent research that results in significant technical contributions to the field and forms the basis of the PhD dissertation. On average it takes five years to complete all the PhD degree requirements. For more information on the Ph.D. degree program see our handbook.