Posted by: unlikelygrad | January 13, 2012

on the calendar: qualifying exams!

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.



  1. Good luck, I have no helpful feedback, mine was to write an NIH postdoctoral fellowship proposal on an off topic.

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