Ph.D. in Nanoscience

The Ph.D. in nanoscience requires a minimum of 60 credit hours and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in nanoscience theory and experimental techniques through course work and dissertation research. Advanced elective courses in nanoscience areas ensure students will have substantial depth of understanding in their area of interest and enable them to effectively carry out advanced nanoscience research.

Application and Admission

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal statement indicating their interest in the program and a current Curriculum vitae. Students are admitted for the Fall terms. The deadline to apply is March 15th.
JSNN encourages early applicants! Ph.D. applications are processed on a continuing basis and decisions on admission are made when the application file is complete.

Degree Requirement

Fundamentals of Nanoscience Courses (15 credit hours)Mathematical Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (3)

NAN-601: Theory and Application of Nanochemistry (3)

NAN-603: Theory and Application of Nanophysics (3)

NAN-602: Theory and Application of Nanobioscience (3)

NAN-604: Nanotechniques (3)

Laboratory Rotations (4 credit hours)

In the first two semesters of study, students will rotate through four research labs (seven weeks in each lab) to become familiar with research at JSNN and to provide training in laboratory techniques needed for dissertation research. With the advice of the advisor/committee and permission of the faculty member responsible for the lab, students will select labs based on their interests.

NAN-611: Nanoscience Laboratory Rotation (4)

Professional Development Seminars (2 credit hours)

In the first two semesters of study, students will take professional development seminars that will expose them to a variety of research and professional development topics such as intellectual property issues, confidentiality, ethical issues in nanoscience, writing successful grant proposals, effective presentation and writing skills, etc.

NAN-621: Professional Development Seminar I (1)

NAN-622: Professional Development Seminar II (1)

Qualifying Examination

Students will take a qualifying exam on their knowledge of the fundamentals of nanoscience at the end of their first year of full-time student in order to continue in the program.

Advanced Nanoscience Electives (15 credit hours)

Beginning in the second year of the program, each student will choose 3-4 doctoral-level elective courses from the following areas: physics, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology and environmental science. Students may substitute dissertation research for two electives in the third year with the consent of the student’s advisor/committee.

Dissertation Research (24 credit hours minimum)

By the end of the first year, students will select a dissertation advisor and prepare a dissertation proposal. Students will present their proposals to a general JSNN audience in the form of a seminar and defend the proposal in the form of an oral exam.

Dissertation research begins in the second year and students will take a minimum of 3 hours of dissertation research each semester.

Students will complete a written dissertation of their research and give a public oral presentation of the completed work. The student also must defend orally the dissertation to the dissertation comment. The seminar and defense must occur in the same term that the student applies for graduation.

NAN-799: Nanoscience Dissertation Research (24)

Other Requirements

Seminars: Students are required to attend departmental and JSNN seminars so they may acquire a broad understanding of various current problems in nanoscience.Teaching Experience: Students are required to gain the equivalent of two semesters of teaching experience, which may be met through a variety of means. Students will work with their advisor/committee to develop a suitable plan to gain appropriate teaching experience.