Students may be eligible for graduate assistantships while they are enrolled in the program full-time, where full-time is defined as enrolled in a minimum of eight credits. If awarded, a student will be assigned to a faculty member in his or her area of research interest. He or she will spend 20 hours per week assisting with research and teaching activities. Graduate assistants may be asked to assist with class preparations, presentations, and grading, as well as with data collection, preparation, and analysis. Faculty members will serve as mentors to their students, training and guiding them in developing their own research plans for dissertation work. Students may request specific faculty persons as mentors and may request a change in mentor as they matriculate through the program. Every effort will be made to accommodate student requests within reason. Graduate assistantships include tuition waiver and stipend and are usually 8-month appointments.
A few graduate/doctoral fellowships are available to highly qualified students who have full admission to the doctoral program and have served as graduate assistants at EMU. The graduate fellowship is a distinction of honor awarded to selected graduate students based on academic merit and demonstrated abilities. Fellowships are available only for full-time doctoral students.
Fellows must enroll in and complete at least eight hours of graduate-level course work in each of the Fall and Winter terms of the award. Fellowships are 12-month appointments and students must be enrolled in courses every semester during the year, Fall-Winter-Summer.
Fellows must have a minimum 3.6 cumulative master’s-level GPA to receive consideration. Doctoral students who have already begun their programs must have a minimum 3.6 cumulative doctoral GPA to receive consideration for fellowships.
A doctoral fellow’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Provide research assistance to faculty.
- Participate in research, sponsored or un-sponsored, at the level of a research investigator.
- Teach two College of Technology courses in an area in which they are qualified.
- Assist in the maintenance of the College and/or a department or program’s website(s).
- Assist in the development and operation of seminars and symposia for the college.
- Perform tasks and duties normally associated with the honor of a fellowship.
The stipends and related benefits will be in accordance with those currently in effect for graduate assistants and doctoral fellows.
Candidacy Qualifying Examination
The College of Technology doctoral program requires students to participate in a Candidacy Qualifying Examination to demonstrate their understanding of applications of multiple research methods related to applied technology in their selected field of concentration. After students have completed the majority of their doctoral course work, except for the dissertation research, they are required to complete a candidacy qualifying exam. The purpose of this examination is to determine students’ mastery of the literature base, research design knowledge, and problems and issues in their field of concentration. The examination requires that the student answer written questions on the technology core, the concentration, and the research core. The written exam will be administered simultaneously to all eligible students during the Fall and Winter semesters at a pre-determined time. An oral examination will be scheduled within one month of the written exam and involve the student’s dissertation committee. Students are expected to provide evidence of their ability to identify doctoral-level research problems, analyze and synthesize background information related to the problems, and apply appropriate research methodologies for collection and analysis of data to resolve the problems. See details on specific requirements and pre-requisite courses for the Candidacy Qualifying Examination in the COT Doctoral Program Student Handbook.
Failing this exam will result in a review of the student’s performance in the Ph.D. program by the Doctoral Operations Committee. The committee may recommend that the student be dismissed from the doctoral program, be permitted to withdraw from the doctoral program, or be allowed to retake the examination (either partially or totally) after a remediation plan has been developed and implemented. Re-examination may not take place until at least three months have elapsed, but must occur within one calendar year. The results of the second examination are final.
After students have passed the candidacy qualifying examination, they may begin work on their doctoral dissertation proposal. Proposals must be developed under the oversight of a dissertation committee, and formally presented to the committee in a venue similar to the Candidacy Qualifying Examination.
After a student has completed all course work requirements, received approval of the dissertation research proposal, and completed the dissertation research, they will present the final results of their dissertation research to their doctoral committee. The student must give the committee a minimum of two weeks to read the final copy of the dissertation. After the committee has read the dissertation, the student will present their work to the committee, faculty and guests. At the end of the presentation, the committee will ask questions of the student to either clarify the research or to ensure that the student understands the background, results, and ramifications of the research. At the end of the presentation, the committee will deliberate alone on the results of the defense. They may recommend that the student pass with minimal corrections to the dissertation or with major corrections, or, in rare cases, ask the student to redo significant portions of the research. See details on this requirement and the courses related to it in the current COT Doctoral Program Student Handbook.