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Washington State University Graduate School

Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

    1.  Students will be prepared for professional careers, the program will provide a variety of experiences that will help students to:
        1.  Achieve expertise in fundamental areas of Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering essential for the modern Materials Scientist and Engineer.
        2.  Apply theory and methodologies within these areas to conduct independent research which addresses scientific and engineering problems of broad materials  interest.
        3.  Effectively communicate the results of their research in peer reviewed journal articles and in oral presentations to faculty and students in the Program and at local,  regional and national conferences.
        4.  Become effective members of the scientific and engineering community by participating and taking leadership roles in professional organizations and providing  service on local, regional and national levels.
    2.  To help students to become effective researchers and contribute to scientific and engineering advancements, the program aims to help students to:
        1.  Become independent, motivated researchers in an interdisciplinary area of study with the ability to recognize and address important scientific problems and to  make original contributions to the solution of these problems.
        2.  Complete a set of core courses to introduce them to the fundamentals essential to an interdisciplinary course of study.
        3.  Be exposed to, and participate in, wide ranging lectures that feature current topics from each of the core disciplines of the Program- Chemistry, Physics, and  Engineering
        4.  Present an original proposal summarizing the existing literature in their area of study, posing an extant question or hypothesis, and presenting their plans for  investigating and advancing the state of knowledge in this area.
        5.  Conduct independent research using sound methods of data collection and analysis.
        6.  Effectively present the results of their research in written and oral presentations.
    3.  To enhance the prestige and quality of the graduate program, we aim to:
        1.  Attract and retain high quality graduate students, increase the number of graduate students in our program, develop a balanced diverse student body.
        2.  Mentor graduate students to enable them to complete their degrees in a timely manner and ensure that students receive feedback on academic progress.
        3.  Prepare students to successfully compete for academic, industrial, and government lab positions on graduation by developing professional and research skills.
        4.  Enhance faculty participation and communication of the Program both internally and externally to have support from all stakeholders.


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