It might be hard to tell from my content blogging, but I’m starting to slowly freak out as I head towards the next major event in my graduate school career: Quals.
The first part of my qualifying exam is coming in late March. I’m currently asking professors if they would serve on my qualifying committee, and writing up my research proposal. The proposal will be submitted to these professors prior to the exam.
The exam itself is oral–I’ll be presenting on my research goals and my topic to a small group of professors.
After a few months, I’ll present again for the second part of the qualifying exam, with an update on my research progression over the summer. And the professors will evaluate whether or not I have the capacity to become an independent researcher.
It’s supposed to be fairly straightforward, but of course, nothing ever feels that way before it happens. I’m sure I’ll have a better understanding of the tests after I actually take them. It’ll also be more comfortable to talk about them afterwards.
This shouldn’t affect my normal post schedule, as I’m trying to be on top of things instead of waiting until the last minute. I’ve already got a post on a great book coming up later this week.