EECS Colloquium and Presentation Requirement


Ph.D. Students

The requirement has two parts: (1) passing 3 semesters of EECS 500, and (2) a public presentation.

(1) All Ph.D. students are required to register for and pass EECS 500 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium for a total of three semesters of the Ph.D. Program, and this is expected before Advancement to Candidacy. (This is a 0 credit hour required course.)  Students (such as students working in industry) may propose an alternative arrangement for fulfilling this requirement, by submitting a written petition to the Graduate Studies Committee.

(2) All Ph.D. students must give a public presentation of their research, in addition to their Ph.D. dissertation defense.  This presentation must be given either at a research conference or in the EECS seminar series.


  • Requirement (2) must be verified using the first form below.

  • If a petition to the Graduate Studies Committee for alternative arrangements is approved, then student must file the second form below before advancement to candidacy.

  • The above are effective for Ph.D. students starting at Case in Fall 2012 or later.  Those who entered as Ph.D. students between Fall 2001 and Summer 2012, may choose to satisfy the above (three EECS 500 and public presentation) or to satisfy the requirement when they entered: "register and pass five semesters of EECS 500" (with no public presentation).  There is no colloquium requirement for students who started as Ph.D. students Summer 2001 or earlier.



M.S. Students

There is no EECS 500 colloquium requirement for Masters degree students.

The rule change removes the EECS 500 requirement for all M.S. students and B.S./M.S. students in EECS, regardless of major.

Fine print: This rule was enacted for Fall 2012.  Since students have the choice to follow the old rule (take and pass 2 semesters of EECS 500) or the new rule (no requirement), the requirement is effectively ended with the change above and will not be checked as a requirement for the M.S. degree for students graduating in Fall 2012 or beyond.