To remain in good standing in the department, each PhD student in the four-year program must meet the Revision Paper Requirement by August 31 of Academic Year 2, or in other words by the end of the academic year in which they complete their Qualifying Year. It is highly recommended, however, that students satisfy this requirement either sometime during coursework or in the summer immediately following coursework as there are many other requirements to complete during the Qualifying Year. In addition, completion of the Revision Paper prior to the Qualifying Year can be an opportunity to work with a faculty member who might be an appropriate member of the student’s Qualifying Year committee, and the Revision Paper can form the basis of the Qualifying Paper.
Students will designate a particular paper typically written during coursework as their Revision Paper and will solicit supervision on the revision of the paper from a faculty member using the Revision Paper form. Students will receive verbal and written feedback on their paper from their Revision Paper Requirement faculty supervisor and will revise their paper in the light of this feedback. A second round of feedback and revision may be sought by the student or the faculty supervisor, after which time the student will again revise and submit. Students should plan to complete the requirement over one or two months depending on whether one or two rounds of revision are undertaken.