Qualifier 2013-2014 Announced

Publish Date: 12/26/2013

November, 2013

Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations for 2013-2014 have been announced. This exam is one of the two ways to score points for the "excellence in depth" component of the Ph.D. qualifying process. Based on student interest, the faculty offer exams in several areas for this academic season. Please register with the chairperson of your exam area as soon as possible. Good luck to everybody!

Full details available http://people.cs.vt.edu/~gback/qualifier/2013fordepartment.html.

  • Software Engineering (Chair: Dr. Osman Balci)
  • Numerical and Scientific Computing/Computational Science; High End Computing and Computational Science (Chair: Dr. Layne Watson) Link
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (Chair: Dr. Lenny Heath) Link
  • Algorithms/theory (Chair: Dr. Anil Vullikanti) Link
  • Data, Information, Knowledge, and Libraries (Chair: Dr. Chang-Tien Lu) Link
  • Human-Computer Interaction (Chair: Dr. Chris North) Link
  • Systems, Networking, Cybersecurity (Chair: Dr. Wenjing Lou) Link
  • Cyberarts and Visualization (Chair: Dr. Nicholas Polys) Link

Policy. Every area sets their own policies with respect to registration and deadlines.

If an area chair does not set their own policy, the following default policies will apply:

Default Schedule and Deadlines

Students have 3 weeks to study the readings, and two weeks to answer the questions provided. The committee has 2-3 weeks to grade the exam and/or conduct oral exams (if needed or required by the committee).

  • December 6, 2013 (Friday): Complete Reading List Available. Some reading lists are already available, check for your area.
  • December 11, 2013 (Wednesday, last day of classes): Students must commit to take exam. You have to register with the chair of the exam.
  • January: Written Examination Available.
  • 2 weeks later: Written Examination Due. Different committees might have oral presentations required too.
  • Feb 15, 2014 (Friday): Exam Results due to GPC.

Please read the web page for your area carefully as it may contain information that supercedes the information posted on this page. Be careful to follow any guidelines about required registration, in particular. Your participation in the survey did not register you for any exam. You also have not committed to taking any exam yet.

Please contact the chair of the area you are interested in for any further questions.