Program Timeline

Below is a suggested program timeline for Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Ph.D. Graduate Students.

First Semester

  • Student begins to develop a proposed dissertation project in consultation with the major advisor.
  • Form Supervisory Committee – Student submits the Appointment of Supervisory Committee Form.
  • Convene initial committee meeting – Student brings completed Program Development Form and an outline of the proposed research topic for discussion with the committee.

Second Semester

  • Student begins to draft written proposal and animal care protocols (if necessary).

Third Semester

  • Second Week – Student submits written proposal for a dissertation project, receives feedback, presents proposal presentation via a lightning talk and poster presentation.

Fifth Semester

  • Comprehensive Exam – Student enrolls in EEB 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam

Seventh Semester

Eighth Semester

  • Student completes the Application for Graduate Degree in my.BoiseState student center following instructions provided. If you have not submitted an Application for Admission to Candidacy form you will receive an error message and will not be able to apply for graduation. The deadline for the Application to Graduate comes early in the semester. Check the graduate catalog for details.

Intervening Period Between Specific Deadlines Listed Above

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation Research
  • Student analyzes data; continues research; writes about preliminary results or research projects; attends meetings, etc.
  • Student meets and updates the graduate committee regularly about research progress.