Documents and info
This is your group leader and your mentor.
She/he has the full responsibility of your PhD career, signs your Thesis, and provides infrastructure and funding for your research activity.
The supervisor finances your fellowship (in full or with a contribution by the University) through her/his research grants. The supervisor also pays for your periods abroad, and your participation to meetings and schools.
The External advisor (EA)
Who is the EA?
Is an italian or foreign scientist, expert in the field of your research. External means that she/he is not part of the School, is not from the same institution where you work, and is not involved in your research projects as a collaborator.
How is the EA chosen?
The EA is suggested by your supervisor, and is officially appointed by the Collegio within the end of the first year.
What does the EA do?
Each year, the EA receives your project proposals or progress reports (eventually may also meet with you to discuss your data), and sends a written evaluation to the Collegio.
The Thesis Reviewers (external examiners)
Who are the Reviewers?
thay are two italian or foreign scientists, expert in the field of your research. They must be different from the EA.
How are the Reviewers chosen?
The Reviewers are formally appointed by the Collegio Docenti, but your supervisor will be principally involved in the choice. The School will make sure that thay are knowledgeable about your field of research, and sufficiently unrelated to you or your supervisor to be honest and unbiased in evaluating your work.
What do the Reviewers do?
They read and review your Thesis, and provide an evaluation using a specific on-line platform. Based on they comments, you may be asked to introduce modifications/updates to your Thesis, before admission to the final exam.
It is possible that one of the Reviewers will be invited to participate to your Final Exam as a component of the Commissione
The Commissione of the Final Exam
These are Italian of Foreign professors appointed by the Collegio Docenti. They coordinate the final exam each April, and provide the final evaluation of your Thesis. This board of examiners will give you the official title of "Dottore di Ricerca". For more info on the PhD final exam, please see the specific section.
Libretto dello studente
Students are requested to download, complete, and keep always up-to-date a digital "Transcript of activities" (we call it "libretto dello studente")
It contains important infromation about the student, such as current laboratory address (where they are actually working) and preferred email address to be used in all future communications form the school.
Also, together with their supervisor, students must choose their external advisor, and provide names and relative contact informations in the "libretto"
Download - Libretto.xls
Project Proposal (deadline Sept 10)
Students write a project proposal (using a specific template) and send it to their external advisor who will provide a written evaluation. Both the proposal and the evaluation must be sent to the school (email@example.com) NOT LATER than September 10
Download - Project_Proposal.doc
Students present their project and preliminary results in a short seminar usually at the begining of September
Supervisor statement (deadline Sept 10)
Supervisors MUST write a short evaluation of the activity of the student during the year, and express their recommendation to admit (or NOT) the student to the following year. This information must be sent to the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) NO LATER than September 10
Progress Report (deadline Sept 10)
Students write a progress report (using a specific template) and send it to their external advisor, who will provide a written evaluation. Both the progress report and the evaluation must be sent to the school (email@example.com) NOT LATER than September 10.
Download - Progress_Report.doc
Students present their work in a public seminar usually at the end of September
Supervisor statement (deadline Sept 10)
Supervisors MUST write a short evaluation of the activity of the student during the year, and express their recommendation to admit (or NOT) the student to the following year. This information must be sent to the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) NO LATER than September 10.
Thesis synopsis (deadline: mid/end September).
Students send a thesis synopsis to the school (email@example.com) by the deadline together with the filled ‘Libretto’ in the format provided by the central office.
Supervisor statement (deadline: mid/end September).
Supervisors MUST write a short evaluation of the activity of the student during the 3 years, and express their recommendation to admit (or NOT) the student to the final steps of the PhD (external evaluation of the thesis and final examination). If the recommendation is positive, names of two referees must be provided. To firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
Once you receive from the school the approval of admission, you will have to:
1. submit your Thesis to the 2 Referees via the Esse3 portal.
2. introduce revisions/corrections to your Thesis suggested by the referees
(minor: 1 month-time; major: 6 month-time)
3. defend your thesis in a public discussion (VIVA) during the FINAL EXAMINATION.
This is a seminar where you present your work, followed by a discussion section during which your opponent will ask in depth questions about your data. Other questions may come from the committee.
Details will be available soon