The qualifying exam in physics has been redesigned starting with the 2014/15 entering class. Going forward, the Qualifying Exam will consist of an oral exam taken in the second year, typically in the Fall or Winter quarter. The student will make a presentation about a recent development or paper in an area of research interest to the student to a faculty exam committee. Exhibiting command of the material in answering questions from the committee about the relevant physics will be required.

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