Certification

At the end of this handbook are Certification Forms that become part of your permanent record. These forms give the Program a way to keep track of your academic progress. Certification also serves the important function of formalizing your individual program. Thus, Part I of the Certification Form is an agreement signed by you and your Advisory Committee concerning the courses that will be taken for credit towards the Ph.D. degree. You should file Part I of the Certification Form in the Program Office by the end of the second semester of your first year. The Preliminary Warrant for the Ph.D. degree will not be issued until Part I of the Certification Form is completed and filed in the Program Office. Part II of the form can be completed and filed after completing the Preliminary Exam. Part III is completed prior to your defense and signed by the committee agreeing to the timeline to complete the thesis and the general content of the document. The Ph.D. Final Oral Committee Approval Form will not be signed by the Chair until Parts II and III of the Certification Form have been filed in the Program Office. These forms are found in the appendix of this Handbook and can be found on the Program website (http://ntp.neuroscience.wisc.edu/forms.htm). For an outline of the Certification Form and when each part is due, please see below.

Certification Form Purpose
 When to fill it out and turn it in
 Part I
An agreement signed by you and your Advisory Committee concerning the courses that will be taken for credit towards the Ph.D. degree
At your first meeting (by the end of the second semester of your first year).
 Part II
Outlines your thesis proposal and outside area paper presented at your Preliminary Exam. At your Preliminary Exam.
 Part III
An agreement signed by you and your Advisory Committee to the timeline to complete your thesis and the general content of the document Prior to your defense