The Qualification Exam is required both in the Master’s Degree and in the Doctorate and Direct Doctorate course (students enrolled in Resolution No. 7493, dated 06/13/2019 – check the JANUS student record in which Resolution is enrolled) The enrollment in the qualification exam is the student’s responsibility and must be done within the maximum period established by the program in this Regulation, according to items VII.1.1, VII.2.1 and VII.3.1. The exam must be held no later than 90 (ninety) days after enrollment. The graduate student who does not take the exam in the period foreseen for his course will be disconnected from the program, according to the USP Graduate Regulations. a) Master’s degree: enrollment within a maximum period of 12 months after enrollment and having completed at least 10 credits in subjects; b) Doctorate and Direct Doctorate: enrollment within a maximum period of 18 months after enrollment and having completed at least 10 credits in discipline;
For enrollment: the student must consult the dates of meetings of the CCP (considering the competences established by the CCP) and deliver the required documentation to the program secretariat no more than 1 month before the deadline for registration for the exam; Master, Doctorate or Direct Doctorate: Supervisor’s opinion proving the project phase and description of activities carried out during the course; Form with suggestion from the examining committee, both for ME, DO and DD (Registration-Examination-Qualification-Regulation-7493) Advisor’s opinion proving the project phase and description of activities carried out during the course and results of your project; Form with suggestion from the examining committee, both for ME, DO and DD (form at the link above) will be prepared by the supervisor with suggested names for the Examining Committee (and examiners with a minimum doctoral degree, one of whom must be full advisor of the program ; After approval, the secretariat will inform the approved commission for scheduling the exam; The supervisor and the eventual co-supervisor cannot be part of the examining committee; Exam schedule: the program secretary will inform the committee approved by the CCP and the student will be able to schedule the exam.
The qualifying exam must be held no later than 60 days after the subscription. The student who does not take the qualifying exam in the scheduled period will be disconnected from the program, according to section V of article 52 of the USP Graduate Regulations. The objective of the qualifying exam is to assess the student’s didactic-scientific ability and the progress achieved.
Forms of presentation:
The exam will consist of an oral presentation of 30 minutes about the development of the project with partial outcomes;
Each member of the Examining Committee will have 20 minutes to query the candidate, who will have the same time for replying. The student who obtains approval from the majority of the examining committee will be approved in the qualifying exam.
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SUBMISSION OF THE FINAL VERSION (DELIVERY) (Master, Ph.D., and Direct Ph.D.)
Documents shall be delivered to the Program secretariat according to the CCP calendar
- Delivery form (click here) – check your guidelines to download the form
- Examining committee suggestion (according to guidelines below)
- The advisor’s opinion regarding the work stating that the applicant is suitable for presenting his work (save to CD in a separate file);
- Proof of the paper submission to a journal with Qualis (save on CD in a separate file);
- One printed copy in hardbound for the Library, for students enrolled in the Guideline n. 6542.
- For students enrolled in Guideline n. 7493, it is not necessary to deliver the printed transcript; however, it is necessary to deliver one CD with all the above requirements;
- Note: It is mandatory to mention the financial support of CAPES in the work of ALL students (scholarship holders or not).
Guidelines for suggesting the members of the Dissertation or Thesis Examining Committee.
According to Paragraph 3 of Art. 89 of the USP Graduate Guidelines:
The spouse, direct descendants, or fourth-line collaterals from the student, supervisor, or any members of the committee are forbidden to take part in the examining committee, as well as members who have any relationship that can result in a biased assessment.
Article 35 (section XXVII) states that the CCP shall suggest to CPG, after hearing the advisor, the composition of the dissertation or thesis defense examining committee”,
Aiming to ensure an unbiased and constructive assessment to maintain the excellence of FMRP Graduate Studies, we emphasize the importance of the CCP/advisor in this process and recommend to avoid names of examining members with the following characteristics:
1) Members who have been advised or advisor/supervisor of the thesis or dissertation advisor under analysis in the last five years;
2) Members who belong to the same research group or are direct collaborators in the thesis/dissertation work to be evaluated;
3) Members who are the authors or co-authors with the student or supervisor of scientific papers in the last five years, except for multicenter studies and large research consortia.
4) Members who are researchers in association with the advisor in a thematic project or collaborate in an individual project related to a funding agency or private initiative. This rule is not valid for multicenter studies and large research consortia.
Note: members appointed to the examining committee with outdated Lattes, and those who do not comply with the CPG guidance will be excluded.
We recommend that the nominees for the examining committee have “Curriculum Lattes” (since it is the only source of information to check conflicts of interest and adequacy of the committee). The Lattes shall be updated within the last six months.
Defense Formalization: the form to officialize the defense must be delivered to the program secretariat at least ten days before the chosen date.
The deadline for delivering the Proofread Version documentation at the SPG is 60 calendar days from the defense date (non-extendable). If the last day is on weekends, days off, or holidays, it will be considered the last business day before the deadline.
Checklist of mandatory items:
- a) 1 (one) hardback printed copy (only for students under Guideline 6542/2013)
- b) 1 (one) CD copy of the proofread version in PDF format; Note: the CD must be labeled following the FMRP template.
Mandatory items in the proofread copy:
- Cover (hardback);
- Back cover;
III. Cover Page [it must contain the following phrase “Proofread version. The original version is available at the Program Library, and at USP Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD)”]
- Catalog Record;
- Abstract (Portuguese);
- Abstract (English);
VII. The title must be identical to the one used in the delivery and further copies. According to the guidelines of USP Central Library, the titles of the dissertations, theses, and works must be written in lower case, except the first letter, acronyms, proper and/or scientific names;
VIII. Only foreign words and scientific names can be formatted with italics;
- The graduate student name must be the same as the one in the Janus system. In case of adding a surname due to marriage, the update will be necessary. For updating, it is necessary to deliver the updated ID and marriage certificate at the SPG.
Note: It is mandatory to mention the financial support of CAPES in the work of ALL students (with a scholarship or not).
Proofread version form
The form must be signed by the student, supervisor, and program coordinator (deliver it to the secretariat before the final deadline).
According to Statement 7493/2018 and Statement CoPGr 7569/2018, the Dissertation or Thesis shall be incorporated into the USP Digital Theses and Dissertations Library by the Graduate Secretariat.
The student who is interested in protecting patents, copyrights, and other rights related to his work may request the Graduate Committee (CPG), upon duly justified request and with the consent of his supervisor, the maintenance of the full version of his Dissertation or Thesis in a restricted collection at USP Digital Theses and Dissertations Library.
The request must be delivered with the consent of the student’s advisor when submitting the Dissertation and Thesis.
If the CPG approves the request, the student must deliver the electronic version of his Dissertation or Thesis, and a simplified version containing only the title and the summary of the work. The full version will remain in the restricted collection for two years, whereas the simplified version will be made available at USP Digital Theses and Dissertations Library.
Once the requested period has elapsed, the student may again request the maintenance of the complete version of the work in a restricted collection for two years, and after this period Dissertation or Thesis will be made available in full at the Library and USP Digital Theses and Dissertations Library.
After the maximum period of four years, in exceptional cases, duly justified, to safeguard the rights of third parties or intellectual property of interest to the University, the CPG may grant the extension of the retention of the Dissertation or Thesis in a restricted collection for further two years as long as there is a favorable opinion from the USP Innovation Agency when there is an issue affecting technological innovation. Exceptional cases are not those related to the student’s rights or those of third parties arising from commercial interests related to the eventual publication of the Dissertation or Thesis.
Omitted cases will be resolved by the Graduate Council.