Tamuk Dissertation Proposal

Ph.D. Program in Environmental Engineering

History of Program 

Started in 2002 with approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the program has graduated over 15 engineering doctoral students through 2012.  These graduates have achieved their career goals and significant recognition as engineers and scientists with institutions of higher learning, private industry, consulting, federal agencies and research laboratories. 

Program Milestones

The Doctoral Program provides state-of-the-science engineering rigor and a broad base of environmental engineering fundamentals, policy, and advanced technology and research.  Graduation from the Doctoral Program requires the successful completion of four significant milestones and academic achievement:

  • Completion of a minimum of 63 hours of doctoral coursework (36 hours of classroom graduate courses, 6 hours of graduate seminar, and 21 hours of research);
  • Successful completion of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam;
  • Preparation and successful oral defense of a written Ph.D. program research proposal, signed by all committee members;
  • Preparation and successful oral defense (open to campus-wide attendance) of a written Ph.D. program dissertation, signed by all committee members.

A more detailed description for each of these milestones can be found in additional pages and links within this site.  Many students from outside the Environmental Engineering discipline have successfully completed the Program once they have achieved the required base of math, science and engineering topics equivalent of an ABET accredited engineering program.  Each student has a unique program of study including pre-requisite coursework, developed for him/her in consultation with their graduate committee.

Program Expectations

Students will select a graduate dissertation supervisory committee following successful completion of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.  Dissertation Committees will consist of five doctoral faculty members (at least three must be EVEN faculty) and one faculty Graduate Council Representative (GCR).  The GCR is a non-voting member of the Committee who will advocate for the student and help ensure the quality and consistency of the doctoral graduation process. 

The following guidelines apply for dissertations in the Doctoral Program:

  • The content of the dissertation should be equivalent in quality to research articles in peer-reviewed environmental engineering journals;
  • The content for a dissertation must include a minimum of the equivalent of two refereed journal publications, with a typical dissertation being the equivalent of three publications (it is not required that these articles be published or in press prior to graduation);

Links to:

Ph.D. Program Summary

Example doctoral degree program of study

Ph.D. Program Qualifying Exam Procedures

Ph.D. Program Proposal Defense Requirements

Ph.D. Program Dissertation Defense Requirements

Ph.D. Program Recent Graduates and Dissertation Topics

This page was last updated on: January 21, 2016

Research Compliance

  It is the responsibility of Principal Investigators (or faculty advisors if research is conducted by students) to carry out their research in compliance with all federal, state, and university requirements.

Does your proposed research involve:

Human Subjects? (Institutional Review Board - IRB)

  • Surveys and Interviews
  • Taking blood from living individuals for research
  • The use of specimens or data from a repository or database
  • Program evaluation, program assessment or demonstration project conducted for research
  • Pilot studies, preliminary studies, or other preliminary research with human subjects
  • Classroom research
  • Observing or recording private behavior
  • Obtaining private identifiable information that has been collected about or provided by individual

Animal Subjects? (Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee- IACUC)

All research, teaching, and testing utilizing living vertebrate animals requires review and approval prior to initiation, including activities that:

  • are conducted by System member personnel in the course of their employment by the System member, or
  • use System member facilities or resources.

The use of animals is defined as any activity involving vertebrate animals in which the natural lifestyle or movements of the animals is materially altered, including:

  • Agriculture use
  • Wildlife research
  • Harvesting of animal carcasses or tissues specifically for research, teaching or testing.

Biological Hazards? (Institutional Bio-Safety Committee- IBC)

  • Biological agents (bacteria, rickettsia, fungi, viruses, protozoa, parasites and prions) that may cause disease in humans, animals, or plants;
  • Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules as defined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) Human and non-human primate blood, tissue, cells and cell lines;
  • Toxins of biological origin as defined in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) document;
  • Transgenic plants and animals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that lack federal approval for release.
  • Human cancer cell lines
  • Blood samples from students
  • Samples from municipal waste treatment plant
  • Transgenic corn not approved for release
  • Transgenic fruit flies
  • E. coli or other bacteria included in gene cloning kits
  • Infectious agents isolated from plants or animals in nature.

Other Research Compliance may include:

  • Occupational Health - Filling out and turning in an Enrollment Form is needed this time for all IACUC and IBC protocols, and as determined for additional activities by Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).  Please visit this site for ERM's FAQ and more information.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest
  • Use of Controlled Substances
  • Export Control

To Report Research Misconduct:

  • Any research misconduct or abuse should be reported via the Ethics Point website or toll-free number (888)-501-3850. This may done anonymously. 

Please note that grant funding cannot be released until all Research Compliance requirements have been met. Please see the ORSP Research Compliance Team in College Hall 150, to submit your protocol & learn about the review process. Forms may be found at www.tamuk.edu/osr/forms/index.html

This page was last updated on: January 13, 2017

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