Feb 17, 2019
The Radiochemistry Ph.D. Program is a student-driven research intensive program stressing fundamental aspects of radiochemistry science. It was established by the Departments of Health Physics and Chemistry and includes participants from the Harry Reid Center, Nuclear Science and Technology Group. The program is administered by the UNLV Graduate College. The Ph.D. program requires 60 credits of research and courses beyond the baccalaureate degree. Credit is required for four courses in nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, detectors, and laboratory. The remaining courses are based on the area of interest of the student and include laboratory research. Students are obliged to maintain a B average and show progress in their research. The curriculum and research provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of topics and experiences necessary to produce graduates who are ready to secure employment and participate in radiochemistry research.
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Plan Admission Requirements
Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.
Admission to the program is granted annually for the fall semester. Applicants should refer to both the radiochemistry and Graduate College websites for specific application deadlines.
Admission requirements include:
- Completed Graduate College Application including applicable fees.
- An earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the field of chemistry, radiochemistry, health physics, engineering or other related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0, but not less than 2.75, may be admitted on a provisional basis.
- Three letters of recommendation including one letter from an individual who can evaluate the applicant’s ability to conduct graduate work at the PhD level. A second letter of recommendation must come from someone who has supervised the candidate in a work setting.
- A current resume.
- A statement of purpose explaining the applicant’s career goals and why the doctorate would enhance the likelihood of achieving those goals. The statement should also explain why the applicant believes that he or she is qualified to conduct academic work at the advance graduate level. Finally, the statement should address the specific area of specialization the student would like to emphasize.
- A score ranking in the 50th percentile or higher in the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- Students meeting all of the above admission requirements may be asked to meet with the admission committee for a personal interview.
- All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.
Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.
Total Credits Required: 60
Core Courses – Credits: 12
RDCH 701 - Applied Nuclear Physics
RDCH 702 - Radiochemistry
HPS 602 - Radiation Detection
HPS 603 - Radiation Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory
Electives – Credits: 30-36
Complete 30-36 credits of advisor-approved electives.
Dissertation – Credits: 12-18
CHEM 799 - Dissertation
- Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
- RDCH 702 must be completed before enrolling in RDCH 710.
- Students enrolled in the Radiochemistry Ph.D. program are required to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree as determined by the student’s academic advisor and advisory committee. To maintain satisfactory progress in the Radiochemistry Ph.D. program, a student must:
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above each semester enrolled.
- Receive a grade of B (3.0) or above in all core Radiochemistry courses. If less than a B is earned in any given course, it may be repeated. The student must be in good standing to repeat a course, and courses may not be repeated more than one time.
- Schedule and take the oral qualifying exam within 1.5 years of satisfactorily completing the core Radiochemistry courses.
- Pass the dissertation prospectus defense within 3 years of entering the Radiochemistry Ph.D. program.
- Participate in Radiochemistry seminar. Students are required to participate in the weekly Radiochemistry seminar each semester they are in residence at UNLV. Students may only be exempted from this requirement due to scheduling conflicts, with the prior approval of their academic advisor.
- Failure to make satisfactory progress as determined by the student’s academic advisor and/or advisory committee may include: failure to complete six credits per calendar year toward the degree program; unsatisfactory grades (including Incompletes, grades below a B, or Withdrawals); failure to consult with the academic advisor when requested; failure to establish a graduate advisory committee; failure to establish the groundwork for an acceptable dissertation; failure of oral qualifying examination; failure to pass prospectus defense; or, continuous or willful neglect and/or intentional or continuous disregard for laboratory safety procedures.
- To advance to candidacy, students are required to pass an oral exam on their research and an outside topic related to radiochemistry.
- Complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within eight years, or six years if entering the program with a master’s degree. If these requirements are not met, the program may place the student on academic probation or drop him/her from the Ph.D. program.
- In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a dissertation committee. The graduate advisory committee is responsible for guiding students through the Radiochemistry Ph.D. program. Upon entering the program, the Radiochemistry Graduate Coordinator will serve as academic advisor to all students until individual advisory committees have been established. The responsibility of establishing an advisory committee falls upon the students. By the end of the first year in the program, students must select an advisory committee chair who will also serve as the student’s academic advisor from that point forward. By the end of the second year in the program, students must select the remaining members of the graduate advisory committee.
- The graduate advisory committee consists of at least four graduate faculty members as follows:
- Advisory Committee Chair - must have full graduate faculty status in Radiochemistry.
- Graduate College Representative - must have full graduate faculty status at UNLV in a program outside of Radiochemistry and the host department. Faculty with status in Radiochemistry may not serve as the GC Rep.
- Committee Member - must have affiliate, associate or full graduate faculty status in Radiochemistry.
- Committee Member - must have affiliate, associate or full graduate faculty status in Radiochemistry.
- The oral qualifying exam must be taken within 1.5 years of successfully completing the radiochemistry core courses listed above. The exam is designed to test students on the fundamental science underlying radiochemistry, including all content covered in the core courses. In addition, students are tested on their depth of knowledge in their area of research specialization.
- The oral qualifying exam is held in closed session and is given by the qualifying examination committee. This committee is made up of a minimum of three members, the advisory committee chair, another member of the UNLV radiochemistry faculty, and an affiliate, associate or full graduate faculty status member in Radiochemistry. All members of the qualifying examination committee must be present during the oral qualifying exam. Additional members of the student’s advisory committee may participate on the qualifying examination at the discretion of the academic advisor, but are not required to be present.
- For the exam, students are responsible for preparing two presentations which are presented to the qualifying examination committee. The first presentation is an overview of the student’s proposed research, including relevant literature, a proposed research plan and summary/results of current research. This presentation may serve as the basis for the Prospectus Defense as well. The second presentation summarizes a recent published scientific article on a topic not directly related to the candidate’s proposed dissertation research. The article must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to the exam.
- Students who do not pass the exam may repeat the exam one time within 6 months, but no sooner than 3 months from the first attempt. Students who do not pass the oral qualifying exam on the second attempt will be severed from the program.
- Students must schedule and take the oral qualifying exam within 1.5 years of satisfactorily completing the core Radiochemistry courses.
- Students are required to participate in the weekly Radiochemistry seminar each semester they are in residence at UNLV. Students may only be exempted from this requirement due to scheduling conflicts, with the prior approval of their academic advisor.
- Students must prepare and successfully defend their dissertation prospectus prior to the completion of their sixth semester. The prospectus will cover a review of the relevant literature, a statement of the problem or hypothesis to be examined and a research plan for the project. The prospectus will be defended to the student’s advisory committee and will be open to the general research community. All members of the student’s advisory committee must be present at the student’s prospectus defense.
- Students are expected to write a dissertation demonstrating both knowledge of a specific topic and the ability to conduct high quality original research. The dissertation must be accepted by the student’s advisory committee prior to the completion of the degree program. Upon completion of the dissertation, the dissertation must be defended to the student’s advisory committee in a public dissertation defense.
- To advance to candidacy, students are required to pass the oral qualifying exam and successfully defend their dissertation prospectus. Upon successful completion of the prospectus defense, students shall be promoted to Ph.D. candidate the term following the defense.
- The dissertation must be written in collaboration with the student’s academic advisor and advisory committee. The dissertation must be accepted by the student’s advisory committee prior to the completion of the degree program. Students must enroll in six credits of dissertation work each semester they are working on the dissertation and the minimum number of dissertation credits required for graduation is twelve.
Plan Graduation Requirements
- The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
- The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
- The student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.