My program, being interdisciplinary, tends to do its qualifying exams later than most programs: there’s usually far more coursework involved than in traditional programs. I finally got my committee together for the initial meeting and we scheduled the quals.
Written exams: last week of February
Orals: beginning of March.
Ummm…how do you study for interdisciplinary exams? My committee members’ research areas include microbiology, biogeochemistry, isotope geology, environmental engineering, and analytical chemistry. There’s no way I can achieve awesome status in all of those fields.