General Exam: Analytical

The written portion of the general examination is intended to test the candidate’s ability to critically review the current literature. It is advisable for the student to prepare for the oral portion of the written exam by making a PowerPoint presentation, or other multimedia materials, in anticipation of possible questions from their committee and the Analytical Division faculty.  Questions from the faculty will grow out of the written answers, but could develop into discussion of any area of chemistry that appears to be appropriate.

Written Exam:

What are the pre-requirements?

  • Candidates may be asked by their advisory committee or the Analytical Division to give a research seminar before the general examination to ascertain readiness for the general examination. This seminar would fulfill the department’s seminar requirement for graduate students.
  • The candidates proposal should be submitted to each member of the candidate’s committee, and each member of the Analytical Division

When during the year is it offered? How is it announced? How much advanced notice is given?

  • Offered twice a year around September/October and January/February

What is the format? How long does the exam take?

  • Seven days will be allowed to provide written answers that must be submitted electronically; these answers may be defended by the candidate during the oral examination.
  • Take-home written examination that consists of 4 or 5 questions chosen from seven or eight
  • The written answers must be submitted around the 21st of October or February. These answers will be defended by the candidate during the oral examination. Comments on the written answers will be given to each candidate before the oral.
  • The written exam will consist primarily of questions based on the current analytical chemistry literature. The following literature and other sources will be used in the formulation of questions: ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, especially the A-page reviews, the instrumentation sections, and the Biennial Reviews, and other chemistry journals as appropriate to illustrate important fields of endeavor in analytical chemistry. Other sources include regular departmental seminars given by outside speakers, special seminars on analytical chemistry given by outside speakers, and graduate student seminars. Primarily, questions will be based on the two full years of literature up to the December prior to the date of the general examination, plus the literature that has already been published in the calendar year of the examination.

Oral Exam:

What are the pre-requirements?

  • Submission of candidate’s written proposal
  • Completion of written exam
  • By use of meetings, phone, e-mail, and other methods of communication, the candidate should arrange for the date of the oral examination, which should be before the 21st of either November or March.

When do I give my committee a copy of my proposal? How many days in advance of the exam?

  • Submit the proposal before the written exam
  • The oral examination will also include the presentation and defense of an original research proposal written by the candidate, a copy of which should be submitted to each member of the candidate’s committee, and each member of the Analytical Division, before the written examination is taken. A student cannot proceed to the written examination until the proposal has been submitted.
  • In addition to the submitted original research proposal, each candidate will submit to the examining committee, on the day of the oral (a) preprints or reprints of all publications that have resulted from the students research at the University of Connecticut, or (b) a 2 page abstract, with references, of unpublished research done or (c) both (a) and (b).