The diagnostic evaluation will likely be changing now that students are taking diagnostic tests. These comments are relevant primarily to people who have not taken a diagnostic test. As of Fall 2012, earning above a 70 on the diagnostic exam was sufficient for it to not be mentioned at all during my diagnostic evaluation.

The purpose of this meeting is to get your committee together for the first time and discuss your plans at UTA. This is one of the many instances that your preparation can be important in determining the outcome of the meeting. Your goal for this meeting is to convince your committee that your planned course work is appropriate and that it will prepare you to be an independent and successful scientist. You need to strike the right balance between getting their input and advice and letting them make all the decisions. As some advice, you should consider bouncing proposals off your committee members for making exceptions to your course catalog requirements ahead of time and individually. This will prepare both you and your committee to make the most of the meeting.

Find a date and time that all faculty can agree to. Do this far ahead of time!
Reserve a room with the biology office if you are in the LS building or with the grad school if you are in the ERB.
Print off and fill out a diagnostic evaluation report.

You should email your packet to each committeee member a week ahead of time. However also make copies for everyone and distribute them at the start of the meeting.

Your packet should contain:
  • current c.v.,
  • list of relevant college-level courses taken and grades,
  • plans for coursework to satisfy Ph.D. Requirements
  • brief summary of research interests
  • tentative timetable for degree completion.

Most of the time diagnostic evaluations are pretty relaxed and you should not stress out.