for First-Year Students (PDF format)
Exams and Second-Year Oral Exams
Student Information (Certificates Required)
The following information is provided to assist Chemistry graduate students
as they prepare their theses. If you have any questions that are not answered
by this guide, please contact Lynn Marie Guthrie-Libby at the Chemistry Graduate
Office, Room 6-205, telephone (617)253-1851.
For Final Submission to the Chemistry Education Office (Jennifer Weisman):
- Please fill out the Degree Application via WebSIS at the start of the term. For the June 2013 Degree List, the deadline to fill out the online Degree Application via WebSIS is Friday, February 8. A late fee will be applied after this date. The Institute deadline for submitting thesis titles for the June 2013 degree list is Friday, April 5. After this date, an $85 late fee is charged.
- All PhD candidates must have a Thesis Defense. Please let Lynn Marie Guthrie-Libby know the date, time, and location of your defense so that it can be announced to the Chemistry Department
BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY STUDENTS ONLY: Biological chemistry students receiving
the PhD degree are required to present a seminar as part of the thesis
defense. This seminar is open to the department. You are responsible
for reserving the room and any A-V equipment needed for your talk, preparing
and posting a seminar notice, announcing your seminar in Chemformation. Following the seminar,
the candidate will meet privately with the thesis committee.
- Your thesis committee must consist of an MIT Chemistry Department
faculty member in your area of chemistry as chairperson, an MIT faculty
member, and your research advisor. The committee must receive a copy
of your thesis at least one week before the defense.
- The Institute has designated Friday, May 3, 2013, as the date when theses for the June Degree List are due.
For the June 2013 degree list, Chemistry will extend the thesis deadline to Friday, May 24.
- The Institute has very specific requirements for the way in which
your Thesis must be prepared. Specifications
for Thesis Preparation is available online and should be read very
carefully. Some important points are:
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c. You must submit two (2) copies of your thesis to the Chemistry
Graduate Office: these copies go to the Library and must be on Archival Bond paper (see paper
list for exact types of acceptable paper). Nothing else is acceptable.
d. The first copy of your thesis must have original signatures on
the Title Page and the Thesis Committee Page. Original signatures are
not required on the second copy.
e. All copies of your thesis should be submitted in Thesis Covers, which
can be found either at 14-0513 or 14N-118. Each copy should have a label
which tells the thesis title, author's name, PhD (or SM) Chemistry,
and the dated degree list (e.g. February 2013 or June 2013). The copy number (1 or 2) should also be marked on
- In the section which begins "Submitted to the Department of
Chemistry in Partial Fullment...", the date should be the Degree
- Where the Copyright information appears, be sure to include the
year. © 2013 (along with the appropriate MIT copyright disclaimer)
- The date under Signature of Author should be the date of the Thesis
Defense; or in the case of SM, the date submitted to the department;
- The final name on the Title Page should be: Robert W. Field, Chairman,
Departmental Committee on Graduate Students;
- Number the pages consecutively starting with the Title Page, including
figures, charts, etc. DO NOT TYPE PAGE NUMBER ON TITLE PAGE.
g. Page 2 of the Chemistry PhD Thesis should be the Thesis Committee.
Please adhere to the abstract format. Be sure to include the Thesis
Supervisor and Title at the end of the abstract. Sample