Minimum total for graduation: 90 hours
The SAM program is designed as a research-intensive program, with a core of interdisclipinary courses on the science of materials. Electives and courses on specialized topics are available through Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and other departments.
You will meet with an advisor to map out a plan of study. If you are entering with a B.S. degree in a related field, you should expect to spend 4-5 years in residence to complete the SAM program.
During your first year in the program, you will rotate through at least 3 faculty members' labs or research groups to gain experience and learn individual faculty member's research areas. You will register for 2 hours of SAM 796 Directed Research with each of these faculty members. Usually by the end of the year, you will select a research advisor.
When you begin the SAM program, you will initially be advised by the program director and general faculty advisors. Usually by the end of the first year, you will select your dissertation advisor who will help you structure your program.
Travel Policy/Presentation Grant
The Science of Advanced Materials Ph.D. program faculty recognize the importance of you having the opportunity to present your research at professional meetings. If your work is accepted for presentation at national or international conferences, you are eligible to apply for a Presentation Grant of up to $500 per year. You must be the individual actually making the presentation to qualify for this grant.