June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Our goal in this work in progress paper is to examine self-reported experiences of engineering doctoral candidates (n=35) regarding the comprehensive exam. Data was collected from candidates at a large research intensive North American University through an online survey distributed across 7 engineering departments. The descriptive summaries from participants collected reveals that the highs and lows of experiences of doctoral candidates are variable and inconsistent. Ultimately, the goal of this study is to examine if departmental and exam method variations in engineering yield to significant differences in the experiences of doctoral candidates. The next steps include collecting a larger data set from one or potentially multiple North American universities and carrying out statistical, rather than descriptive analysis. This analysis can help in understanding why institutions necessitate administrating diverse formats of doctoral exams, how students perceive it, and if certain formats are found to be more beneficial for the students.
Memarian, B., & Gollish, S., & Moozeh, K., & Gerrard, D., & Tihanyi, D., & Costa, S. A. (2019, June), Comprehensive Exam Variations and Experiences of Doctoral Candidates in Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32530
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