Mid-term Evaluation

  • To document in-depth knowledge of the research field and to discuss progress in the candidate's own project, a 45-min talk has to be given within the time-frame of 18 to max. 24 months after the start of the project. As a rule, the talk is given in the presence of the thesis committee and chaired by the mentor. Preferentially, the talk should be presented in a formal setting of an Institute or Department Seminar Series.
  • The candidate is expected to organize the talk and schedule a date in agreement with the thesis committee.
  • The talk includes an introduction which reviews developments in the field and puts these into the context of the candidate's own work. The talk should also include an outline on the concept of the research and what will be done next.
  • The talk is followed by a max. 60-min discussion time, chaired by the mentor. The presentation and discussion are assessed by the thesis committee. Subsequently to the public debate, a thorough discussion can be held between the candidate and the thesis committee only. The discussion includes interpretation of the data and in particular an agreement on the further course of the project.
  • Following the Mid-term Evaluation, the thesis committee should suggest an internationally recognized expert for the external review of the candidate's PhD thesis, and indicate the name, affiliation and e-mail address of the External Co-referee on the protocol form of the Mid-term Evaluation.
  • Candidates should download the protocol form Mid-term Evaluation (pdf, 258KB), fill in all parts already known, and present it to the examiners on the day of the examination.
  • The evaluation including feedback and recommendations is recorded on the protocol form, signed and dated by the examiners, and the original or a scanned PDF must then be submitted to the GCB.