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Midpoint Review

Tips for a Successful Midpoint

1. Review

  • Create a Checklist to start your Midpoint Review process.
  • Plan ahead. Don't wait until the last minute!

2. Getting Started: At least one semester before your midpoint, you should do the following:

  • Read the guidelines for the midpoint review in the graduate school handbook.
  • Read the requirements for the midpoint review provided by your major department.
  • Learn more about the midpoint review by scheduling an appointment in the Midpoint Review Lab.
  • Schedule your midpoint review. Midpoint review orientation is generally scheduled during the second Friday of the semester.
  • Brainstorm your ideas. Get feedback from an instructor or the director of your department.
  • Develop your topic into a strong concept.

3. Preparing your written presentation (midpoint booklet)

Your written booklet consists of:

  • cover
  • autobiography
  • résumé
  • proposal
  • timeline

4. Preparing your oral presentation:

Content: The entire midpoint takes about one hour (This may vary. Confirm the length of your midpoint with your department.)

It consists of three main parts.

   1. The oral presentation should take about 60 minutes total and consists of the following:

  • Introduction/autobiography (1-2 minutes)
  • Portfolio (10 minutes)
  • Proposal (10 minutes)

   a) definition of the final proposal
   b) form of the final proposal
   c) timeline (by semester)
   d) possible directed study advisors
   e) conclusion

   2. Question and answer session (time varies)

   3. Final decision by the midpoint review committee