Final Public Oral and the PhD Degree in Physics
When you have written your thesis and are ready to defend, there are several steps to be followed. You need to allow one full month between the time you have a finished draft in hand the date of your FPO. Most importantly, it is necessary to speak with the Graduate Administrator (Jadwin 210) for a description of the complete process.
First, the advisor and a second reader must prepare reader's reports. This cannot be done at the last minute: Faculty generally prefer to receive the thesis one to two weeks before you go on deposit in order to read it thoroughly.
Second, you must choose an FPO committee and arrange a date for your FPO. The guidelines for who should serve on your FPO committee are explained below.
The next steps toward going on deposit are to bring the following documents to the Graduate Administrator, in hardcopy form:
- The title and abstract pages of your thesis.
- The Prior Presentation and Publication Form, signed by your advisor.
- The two reader's reports, signed by the readers.
At the same time, you must e-mail the Graduate Administrator a complete PDF version of the thesis, which will be posted on the department website.
The next step is to generate your degree application through TigerHub. When completed, this application is automatically sent to the Graduate Administrator. The Graduate Administrator then works with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School to secure approval for your FPO. You are not officially on deposit until the Graduate Administrator has processed your degree application. Your FPO date must be at least 14 days after the day you are officially on deposit.
The Mudd Library website includes information on formatting your thesis. The Graduate School supplies a PhD defense checklist which you should consult; however, note that the departmental deadline for receipt of your degree application is two days earlier than the Graduate School's deadline; this is because up to two days are needed for departmental review before your approved application is forwarded to the Graduate School.
The rest of this page provides further details on the end-of-degree process.
Generating your degree application on TigerHub
To generate your degree application on TigerHub, please follow these steps:
- Creat a new application. Access to the new application is via TigerHub, using your regular Princeton I.D. and password.
- You enter as much information as you can about your dissertation and FPO directly into the new application.
- You upload required documents, such as your Abstract, Title page, etc.
- The site will link you directly to the Graduate School's Exit Survey and the NRC's Survey of Earned Doctorates.
- Once you are finished you will click submit and your application will be sent to the department for approval.
Here are the guidelines to be followed in assembling an FPO committee.
- A minimum of 3 faculty members who are at least at the rank of assistant professor at Princeton, two of whom have not been readers.
- Theorists must have an experimentalist on the committee;
- Experimentalists must have a theorist on the committee.
- Both theorists and experimentalists must have a committee member who is not in their area of physics.
- Both of these requirements may be the same person.
After the FPO
Within two weeks of the FPO, please follow the online thesis submission procedure described at this website: http://www.princeton.edu/~mudd/thesis/index.shtml
The online submission and bound copy are reviewed for formatting compliance, and a signature from the Mudd Librarian on the FPO form must be obtained.
The final step you must complete is the submission of the End of Enrollment Form. This form only needs to be filled out if you are currently still enrolled. The form should be submitted within one week of the termniation date indicated on the form. You will also have to provide the Graduate Administrator with your future contact information. This is for departmental use only.
The bindary is Smith-Shattuck Bookbinding. They are located at 759 State Road in Princeton. Telephone: (609) 497-1445
Remaining Degree Deadline for 2016
Remaining Deadline: May 17, 2016
To participate in the June 2016 Graduation, you must successfully complete your FPO and submit your thesis to The Mudd Library on/or before May 17, 2016.
If your FPO is held after May 1st , you must have a bound copy of your thesis in hand in order to participate in the graduation. You will not have the customary two weeks revisions period. ALL paperwork is due to the Graduate School by May 17, 2016.
*Please note: if you defend prior to May 1st, your support will end on April 30th. If you defend after May 1st, your support will remain until June 1st.