First year Graduate Student, Jennifer Briggs, successfully passed her preliminary exam.
The preliminary exam is the first of 3 major examinations on the road to obtaining the PhD. Some view the prelim, or qualifying exam, as the chance to prove that you “have what it takes” to become a scientist.
Briggs says, "My prelim consisted of a 45 minute presentation of my training and research plan, a written research proposal, and a 3 hour oral examination over hemodynamics, fluid modeling, metabolic endocrinology, and computational model inference and evaluation. Passing the prelim is just the start to a long road, so now that I’m done studying, I can get back to doing what I enjoy most – research!"