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Controls Quals Review Presentation -Sandipan, Carlos, Chun-Chih, Edgar, Kurt, Pannag Overview When to take the Quals Administrative requirements Courses, Committee Steps in preparation for Quals What to expect in the Quals When to take Quals No rules about that

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Controls Quals Review Presentation

-Sandipan, Carlos, Chun-Chih, Edgar, Kurt, Pannag


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Overview

  • When to take the Quals

  • Administrative requirements

    • Courses, Committee

  • Steps in preparation for Quals

  • What to expect in the Quals


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When to take Quals

  • No rules about that

  • Typically the end of 3rd year or beginning of 4th year

    • Should have completed the required number of classes

    • Your and your committee’s convenience


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Administrative stuff

  • 4 Courses in Control

    • No S/U courses allowed

  • 2 Courses in each of the minors

    • Atleast one minor must be outside ME

    • Not sure about S/U. (Will ask Pat)

  • Committee:

    • 2 faculty members from Controls

    • 1 from each of the minors

      • Atleast one of the two outside ME


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Overall steps in Quals

  • Decide upon your committee

    • Decide upon the date of your Quals

  • Discuss with the faculty what to study

    • Meet them regularly

  • Study hard!

  • Good idea to take practice Quals


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Deciding your committee

  • Start doing this atleast 3 months in advance. Earlier would not hurt

  • Factors to consider:

    • Someone whom you have taken a class with is preferable

    • Someone you know well- common projects between Profs

    • Whether you would like to study the course material concerned with that Prof.

      • When did you take that course ?

      • Classes done recently should be easier to revise!

    • Professor’s reputation as a Quals committee member

      • Nice/ harsh/ expects a lot ?

        • Ask senior students

        • Pat can tell you who all took her/him in their Quals

    • Whether he/she is out of station for the whole semester

    • ….

  • Other members in the committee can add to this list!


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Scheduling

  • Meet the Profs

    • “I am planning to take my Quals somewhere around March. Would like to be on my Quals?”

    • Ask them for their schedules

    • Fix a date. Book a room!

  • Choose the head of the committee

    • The Quals committee should be approved by him!

    • Submit the form signed by him



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What to expect in the Quals

  • First a short presentation (20 mins talk time) on your research

    • Substantial research work not expected

    • Courses are the main emphasis

  • Each Prof will ask questions in his area

    • Stress on basic concepts

      • What to know about each concept/result:

        • what is it

        • why is it important

        • What assumptions/ when can you (not) use it

    • No gory proofs!!!

    • Can be one large question

    • Can be a series of short questions


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