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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Part-Time
    expect to spend any or all of their time during the academic years employed outside the department are strongly discouraged Summer internships elsewhere however are usually acceptable and often encouraged Students fully funded by Columbia are not permitted to hold outside positions during the periods of their appointment very limited consulting may be permitted only in cases where the student is otherwise making satisfactory progress If a self funded or employer funded applicant must work externally during the early portion of the PhD program it is strongly recommended that the applicant enroll instead in the terminal Master of Science program The faculty advisors of such MS students may petition the PhD Chair for permission for such students to undertake some of the doctoral program requirements prior to formal enrollment in the PhD program certain previously completed requirements count automatically such as breadth requirement courses taken here at Columbia Then once formally enrolled for the PhD later on the student is expected to spend a minimum of two full academic years full time on campus beyond the MS degree In very rare cases students may conduct their research off campus in an industry or government laboratory or at another academic institution

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/part-time (2016-02-17)
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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Advisors
    the research advisor is not a member of the department s regular faculty which is why this role is called the departmental advisor In these cases it is preferred although not required that the departmental advisor be tenured Such a departmental advisor may optionally serve as a co advisor with respect to research advising The departmental advisor is obligated to keep current with the academic and research progress of the student throughout each semester and represent the student during the semi annual student reviews Black Friday It is expected that the departmental advisor maintains regular personal contact with the student rather than just relying on email updates or academic records Further the departmental advisor is expected to consult with the research advisor if different both before and after each Black Friday although all research advisors shall be invited to all Black Friday meetings and are expected to attend Our main motivation in introducing the notion of a departmental advisor in addition to the conventional research advisor again only for those cases where the research advisor is not regular faculty is to ensure that every student has an advisor who satisfies three conditions The person regularly and routinely participates in Black Friday meetings and not just dropping in for his her own students or sending in email notes but is actively aware of the general way things work what good CS students accomplish etc The person is familiar with the CS doctoral program requirements and process and at least as importantly with some of the general reasoning as to why we do things in a certain way departmental culture The person can and does participate in decisions about the program e g by participating in program decisions in faculty meetings the PhD committee etc Further in the case where the departmental advisor is not the same as the research advisor the two people shall co sponsor the thesis proposal and dissertation committees note this is a GSAS requirement It is important to note that faculty members who take on the responsibility of serving as departmental advisor but are not also the student s research advisor are not incurring any financial responsibility for the student s support Exception for First Year Students It is desirable in some cases for new students to choose their advisor s after becoming accustomed to the department and familiar with the research programs of several faculty members and labs First year students are thus not required to have a research advisor until the end of the first year New students who do not enter with a pre arranged regular faculty advisor whether or not there is a pre arranged non regular faculty research advisor shall be assigned a nominal departmental advisor at entrance The departmental advisor relationship is formalized before or during the first Black Friday following enrollment In some cases this may be delayed until but no later than the second Black Friday at the student s and or prospective departmental advisor s request A research

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/advising (2016-02-17)
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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Breadth Requirement
    AI Applications plus one additional course chosen from any of the three approved course lists In the case where a student takes the Analysis of Algorithms prerequisite here CSOR W4231 rather than at another institution prior to enrollment then it satisfies the Theory distribution requirement Doctoral students may complete any or all of the distribution courses via only the course s cumulative final exam if it has one without formally enrolling in the course Instructors are not obligated to provide a cumulative final exam suitable for students not enrolled in the course Approved distribution courses Area Approved Courses Theory All COMS 42xx courses plus CSOR 4231 not CSOR 4246 Systems All COMS 41xx courses except COMS 4121 COMS 416x and COMS 417x All COMS 48xx courses plus EECS 4340 and COMS 4444 AI Applications All COMS 47xx courses except COMS 4776 plus COMS 416x and COMS 417x IMPORTANT NOTE The only joint CS courses permitted are as specified EECS 4340 and CSOR 4231 Regardless of the course number courses labeled certificate only or named xxx for Data Science or similar may not be applied to the PhD breadth requirement Instituted by full faculty vote 4 4 14 to replace the core Effective in Fall 2014 Students who first enrolled in Spring 2014 or earlier may substitute the old core for the distribution requirement Electives In addition to the distribution requirement all doctoral students must pass a total of six 6 elective graduate 4000 level or above lecture courses each three 3 or more points Most COMS or jointly offered with COMS e g CSEE CSOR courses are acceptable as CS electives At most two 2 electives may be outside CS and only CS courses may be imported from another institution rather than taken at Columbia All electives require the advisor

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/breadth (2016-02-17)
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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Imports
    Columbia points credit are ever awarded for imported elective courses Important Note In the case of new doctoral students entering with an MS it is possible to import all six electives However for new MS PhD students entering without an MS at most four electives may be imported because at least two electives must be completed at Columbia in order to full the requirements for the MS along the way Courses taken outside Columbia cannot be imported unless the following conditions are met Note that summer session and other shorter than usual courses usually would not meet the quality quantity guidelines and thus would not be importable The faculty member responsible for the most closely corresponding Columbia CS graduate 4000 level or above course or if there is no reasonably corresponding Columbia CS graduate course the faculty member deemed by his her peers to demonstrate the most relevant expertise has presented a judgment in writing to the PhD Committee and the PhD Committee has concurred that the imported course is considered of equal or higher quality than the typical Columbia CS graduate course and the performance of the student is considered of equal or higher quality than that required to obtain at least a B grade in a typical Columbia CS graduate course All materials requested by the evaluating faculty member and or the PhD Committee are provided in English or notarized English translation The evaluating faculty member and or PhD Committee may at their discretion ask the student to provide oral or written answers to questions regarding the material learned in the course and or may contact members of the institution at which the course was taken for additional information The student s grade in the course was B or higher For those schools that do not record plus

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/breadth/imports (2016-02-17)
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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Teaching/TAing
    instructor as opposed to TA assignments must be approved by the Academic Committee Chair Both TA and instructor assignments must also be approved by the student s advisor The teaching units must be accumulated while teaching or TAing regular on campus fall or spring semester lecture courses offered by the Columbia University Department of Computer Science Teaching or TAing at another institution during summer session for CVN Continuing Education or another Columbia department or office does not qualify towards satisfying the teaching requirement Teaching units must be acquired while formally enrolled in the doctoral program MS PhD PhD or DES Note A small number of students may have completed teaching units in the past while enrolled for the MS or CSE As of Fall 2011 this is no longer possible but previously acquired units will be honored on request of the student s advisor Funding as a Teaching Fellow Doctoral students may be funded by the department as teaching fellows during the last semester in which they complete the final component of the teaching requirement It is not possible to be appointed as both a teaching fellow and as a GRA Graduate Research Assistant during the same semester a student normally funded as a GRA is instead funded as a teaching fellow for one semester The stipend tuition and fees support for doctoral teaching fellows is identical to doctoral GRAs Special arrangements are made for students funded through internal and external fellowships to fulfill the constraints of their program Some of these funding sources may require additional teaching or TAing beyond the departmental requirement However the doctoral teaching requirement is indeed a requirement never waived regardless of funding source including self supported or employer supported students all doctoral students other than CVN DES must complete at least two teaching units

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/teaching (2016-02-17)
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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Candidacy Exam
    literature and the methods of the student s chosen area of research and has demonstrated a facility with the scholarly skills of critical evaluation and verbal expression The candidacy exam must be completed prior to the thesis proposal Committee The student is examined by a committee consisting of the student s advisor and two other researchers who hold PhDs or equivalents The advisor should solicit the prospective committee members not the student In cases where the student s research and departmental advisors are different both must serve on the committee Scope and Structure The committee after consideration of the student s input selects a syllabus of the 20 30 most significant documents that encompass the state of the art in the area The student then studies this syllabus The oral exam begins with the student s 30 minute critical evaluation of the syllabus materials and is followed by no more than 90 minutes of questioning by the committee on any subject matter related to their contents The student is judged primarily on the oral evidence but the content and style of the presentation can account for part of the decision The entire candidacy exam committee must be informed of the scheduling of the oral exam no later than two weeks 14 days prior to the exam The Doctoral Program Administrator must be informed of the scheduling of the oral exam no later than two weeks 14 days prior to the exam Emergency exceptions to either of these deadlines can be granted by the PhD Chair or the Department Chair on appeal by the advisor and agreement of the committee Timing The student must pass the candidacy exam no later than the end of his her sixth semester It is not necessary to complete the breadth requirement before attempting the candidacy

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/candidacy (2016-02-17)
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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Thesis Proposal
    is part of the training of the student s research apprenticeship that the form of this proposal must be as concise as those proposals required by major funding agencies Committee The student proposes to a committee consisting of the student s advisor and two other researchers who meet GSAS requirements for dissertation committee membership The advisor should solicit the prospective committee members not the student In cases where the research and departmental advisors are different both must serve on the committee Document The student prepares a proposal document that consists of a core plus any optional appendices The core is limited to 30 pages e g 12 point font single spacing 1 inch margins all around and should contain sections describing 1 the problem and its background 2 the innovative claims of the proposed work and its relation to existing work 3 a description of at least one initial result that is mature enough to be able to be written up for submission to a conference and 4 a plan for completion of the research The committee commits to read and respond to the core but reserves the right to refuse a document whose core exceeds the page limit The student cannot assume that the committee will read or respond to any additional appendices The complete doctoral thesis proposal document must be disseminated to the entire dissertation committee no later than two weeks 14 days prior to the proposal presentation The Doctoral Program Administrator must be informed of the scheduling of the proposal presentation no later than two weeks 14 days prior to the presentation Emergency exceptions to either of these deadlines can be granted by the PhD Chair or the Department Chair on appeal by the advisor and agreement of the committee A latex thesis proposal template is available

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/phd/requirements/proposal (2016-02-17)
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  • Hints for PhD defenses
    received For most people it s easier to list some honor than brag about it in person If you have presented your work in a conference or at job talks be sure to anticipate and address the most common questions asked there The committee should be handed a copy of your slides Be prepared to briefly summarize your background undergraduate degree how long at the university etc No more than 30 slides plus back up slides with additional material in case of questions The most effective way of making your committee members mad is to come unprepared with a stack of 80 slides and then madly skip through them Number your slides particularly if one of your committee members is linked in via speakerphone Consider using some kind of remote presentation software List your contributions early When presenting your contributions be sure to use I and not we so that the committee will know what aspects of the work where yours and which were group projects Keep discussions of related work very brief but be prepared to answer questions of the how does this differ from so and so s work succinctly You will not be asked to prove results again Be prepared to back up any comparative statement with facts in particular statements like works better faster scalable or optimal If you are presenting a protocol how do you know that it works correctly If you have multiple parts in your dissertation consult with the committee ahead of time as to whether it makes sense to omit some of them for the presentation Hints for Dissertations It is better to focus deeply on a single area then to work on several topics each of which is pursued to a moderate depth Systems work must be coupled with implementation and some kind of numerical comparitive analysis to demonstrate the improvements from existing or alternate approaches Your thesis needs a one page executive summary that a layperson should be able to understand Test give it to a relative of yours that does not have an engineering degree Miscellaneous Hints You are likely only to defend a PhD thesis only once your defense is a special occasion so consider dressing appropriately at least business casual but a suit is not inappropriate It is customary to provide refreshments for the audience such as coffee bagels cookies and fruit depending on the time of day The Role of PhD Committee Members Committee members should read the draft thesis and provide feedback Obviously students appreciate an in depth reading but it is common for committee members to focus on chapters closest to their expertise Reading depths varies some provide line edits others just suggest larger issues that should be addressed Your related work section in Chapter 10 is a bit sparse and ends in 2005 While this is probably not the place to suggest do another year of research filling in gaps is ok and I d rather postpone a defense by a month if

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~hgs/etc/defense-hints.html (2016-02-17)
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