Academics

Requirements for Dual Title Degree in Nanotechnology (NT) / Nanotechnology & Molecular Engineering (NTME)

NOTE: Current Dual Title Degree in Nanotechnology students have the opportunity to switch their path from NT to NTME if they so desire, whereupon they will need to meet the NTME requirements. Students who have already completed the Frontiers in Nanotechnology course and/or any seminar requirements for the NT degree will be able to apply these to the NTME Frontiers and Seminar requirements. The CNT Workshops in June 2009 and Sept 2011 may likewise apply to the NTME workshop requirements. If a student wishes to transition, a written request from the student must be sent to the MolES Advising Office (nanoadvs@uw.edu).  The MolES Advising office will inform the home department, which in turn informs the Graduate School to change the degree listing for the student.

Each NT/NTME student must meet NT/NTME specific requirements in addition to the home department’s degree requirements.  It is suggested that NT focused students use the “NT Student Checklist” to track their progress while NTME students should use the “NTME Student Checklist”.

1. Core Course Requirements

  • “Frontiers in Nanotechnology” course – 3 credits. Usually BIOEN 599 or PHYS 576. Offered Spring Quarter, minimum of 3.3 GPA.
  • Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering weekly seminar – 4 credits total, one credit per quarter. Usually BIOEN 518 or CHEM 597. Offered Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

2. NT/NTME Course Electives

Nine (9) graded credits of NanoTechnology and Molecular Engineering-relevant electives, six credits from outside the home department, maintaining a minimum of 3.3 GPA in these courses. The student may choose from several courses within the following “topical research clusters” (courses from at least two clusters must be chosen):

  • Biomaterials and Related Sciences and Technologies; Fundamentals, synthesis, characterization, tools, devices, and/or applications.
  • Synthetic Materials and Related Sciences and Technologies; Fundamentals, synthesis, characterization, tools, devices, and/or applications.
  • Societal Needs and Research Translation; Economics, business, law and ethics with focus on societal impact and/or judicious translation of research into practice.

Note: For students pursuing the NTME path, the Frontiers course, at least one weekly seminar, and at least 3 credits of relevant electives must be taken prior to the General Exam. This due date does not apply to students pursuing the NT path.

A list of relevant courses can be found below.

3. NTME Workshops (Only applies to those pursuing the NTME path)

Students pursuing the NTME path are required to participate in at least three (3) NTME workshops, contributing via research presentations and/or organizational support. Students must present research (a talk or poster) during at least two of the three workshops. This workshop requirement does not apply to students pursuing the NT path.

4. Laboratory/Research Rotations*

Including at least one department/location rotation outside of the home department of the thesis chair.

Options include:

  • Experimental labs as well as the research group space used by a purely theoretical groups.
  • Work the equivalent of at least one quarter in the lab of a scientist in participating department outside home department of the thesis chair. This can be done either in a single quarter as a formal lab rotation, or as an equivalent amount of time spent in another lab via long-term partial involvement, i.e. when the student is involved in long-term collaborations with another professor or is co-advised by another professor.
  • External internships are considered as a potential Lab Rotation Equivalency. This internship may involve time spent in an industrial or national lab setting doing research related to Nanotechnology, an international research rotation, extensive time at national user facilities, or working in technology transfer (for example, C4C).

*Formal petition requesting approval of the Lab Rotation outside the home department of the thesis chair is required. This petition must be submitted at least one quarter before the Ph.D. Final Exam. This petition outlines the nature of the activities that the student requests to fulfill this Lab Rotation requirement.

Please see “RESEARCH ROTATION APPROVAL REQUEST” document for additional guidance.

5. Midterm Evaluation – At the time of the Ph.D. Candidacy (General Exam)

Reminder: For those pursuing the NTME path, the Frontiers course, at least one (1) weekly seminar, and at least 3 credits of NanoTechnology and Molecular Engineering-relevant electives must be taken prior to the General Exam. This due date does not apply to students pursuing the NT path.

Within one week after the successful General Exam, the student must submit to the MolES Academic Advising Office the following documents:

  • A copy of the signed Warrant.
  • A copy of the General Exam abstract.
  • A statement on when and where the research rotations will (or have) taken place, plus a plan in the form of a schedule of courses taken or to be taken to fulfill the remaining NT/NTME requirements.
  • A student composed letter to the Chair of the Standards Committee cosigned by both the student’s Ph.D. research advisor and co-advisor containing a maximum two-page summary of the proposed research content with respect to NT or NTME.
  • A list of the members of the student’s Ph.D. Candidacy (i.e., General) Exam Committee.
  • A signed recommendation from the chief research advisor that the proposed research and Exam Committee are both appropriate for the NT or NTME PhD program.

Please see the “APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF PROPOSED RESEARCH TOPIC” document for additional guidance.

6. Supervisory Committee

The Doctoral Supervisory Committee must include the student’s chief research advisor(s) who is NT/NTME faculty, and one additional NT/NTME faculty (coadvisor), who helps guide the student to insure that the thesis research continues to qualify for the NT or NTME Ph.D. option

7. Dissertation Approval – At the time of the Ph.D. Final Exam

At least two weeks prior to the student’s dissertation defense, the student will provide the following documents to the MolES Academic Advising Office:

  • A cover letter including the dissertation title, the defense date, the names of the committee members (including e-mail addresses, and identifying the principal advisor and coadvisor), a short abstract of the thesis, and a detailed table of contents.
  • A confirmation from the home department’s advising office that the student is in good standing with at least a 3.3 GPA, and has fulfilled all departmental requirements to take the Ph.D. Final Exam.
  • A statement by the student’s PhD research advisor verifying that the thesis topic is NT or NTME related and that all objectives defined in the Ph.D. Candidacy (i.e., General) Exam have been met (or how and why they have been changed).
  • A listing of courses taken (including quarter/year) that fulfill the requirements of the NT or NTME program, the dates of participation in the three NTME workshops (if pursuing the NTME path), and the date range and location of the two research rotations. It is suggested that NT focused students use the “NT Student Checklist” to show completion while NTME students use the “NTME Student Checklist” to show completion.

Please see “APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF PROPOSED DISSERTATION TOPIC” document for additional guidance.

8. Final Exam

The Ph.D. final exam will comply with the exam requirements of the student’s home department.

Note: Upon passing the final Ph.D. exam, the student must ensure that the home department provides a copy of the signed warrant to Box 351653 or via email to (nanoadvs@uw.edu).