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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the benefits for participating in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology?
Can I apply to this program?
Can students in fields other than those listed apply?
What should the focus of my research proposal be?
Do I have to change my department or advisor?
I have taken many classes. Do any of them count toward the course requirements?
Are there fees associated with the program?
Is there funding (scholarships, TA or RA positions, etc.) associated with this program?
What is involved in the weekly seminar?
I have nearly completed all course requirements for my program. Will I really have to take up to four additional courses?

What are the benefits for participating in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology?
Participating in the program provides you with a solid foundation in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Can I apply to this program?
Those pursuing a Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin with a sufficiently technical background are eligible to apply to the Graduate Portfolio Program.

Can students in fields other than those listed apply?
Yes, but admission to the program will depend on the strength of your technical background and the availability of faculty to provide proper guidance and advising.

What should the focus of my research proposal be?
Your research proposal should indicate your interest in a specific area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and indicate how you how you plan to incorporate principles of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology into your current research. Proposals may be single spaced.

Do I have to change my department or advisor?
No. Since this is a certificate program you are not required to change departments. You may also continue to work with your Ph.D. advisor (who should be a member of the Portfolio Program Supporting Faculty) and dissertation committee. You are required to have at least one other member of the portfolio program supporting faculty (preferably-but not necessarily-outside your home department) on your dissertation committee.

I have taken many classes. Do any of them count toward the course requirements?
Only classes takenwhich are on the list of optional courses will count toward the 12 hour course requirement. Two of these courses must be outside your immediate area of study and one can be inside your home department. Admitted students will have their transcript and program of work evaluated to determine the number of courses needed to satisfy program requirements.

Are there fees associated with the program?
The only fee is tuition for additional classes taken.

Is there funding (scholarships, TA or RA positions, etc.) associated with this program?
There is no funding associated with the Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

What is involved in the weekly seminar?
The seminars will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm. They will cover a vast array of nano-focused topics, issues and material. Invited guests will include UT faculty members as well as guest lecturers who will discuss advancements, research and ethical implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Students participating in the Portfolio Program will also use the seminar as a forum for presenting research.

I have nearly completed all course requirements for my program. Will I really have to take up to four additional courses?
Many of the applicants near the end of their programs have fulfilled several of the course requirements already. Experienced students typically find themselves taking two courses, not four. Remember, applications are evaluated on an individual basis.

 
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