FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE DO NORTE
POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM IN PHYSICS
CENTER FOR EXACT AND EARTH SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS
Chapter 1: Objectives and Purposes 3
Chapter 2: Organizational and Administrative Structure 3
Chapter 3: Academic Structure 5
Chapter 4: Student Admission 5
Chapter 5: Attendance and Grading 6
Chapter 6: Course Periods and Leaves of Absence 7
Chapter 7: Degrees 8
Chapter 8: General and Temporary Provisions 9
Chapter 1: Objectives and Purposes
Article 1. The aim of the Postgraduate Program in Physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) is to form qualified professors and researchers to engage in activities in this area of knowledge.
Article 2. The Postgraduate Program in Physics (PPGF) includes two graduate levels: The Masters in Physics and the Doctorate in Sciences.
Article 3. The Masters course aims at furthering the competency acquired in the undergraduate courses, developing mastery in investigative techniques in the field of Physics.
Article 4. The Doctorate course aims at providing advanced scientific formation, developing the capacity of independent and creative research in the various fields of Physics.
Chapter 2: Organizational and Structural Organization
Article 5. The Postgraduate Program in Physics will be governed by the Collegiate Board of the Postgraduate Program (CPPG), assisted by the Postgraduate Commission (CPG) and by the Selection and Scholarship Commission (CSB).
Article 6. The CPPG will be composed of a representative of the student body and by professors of the Department of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (DFTE) with a Doctorate in Sciences (or equivalent), who belong to one of the areas of concentration of the PPGF, and who are engaged in regular teaching activites, research and/or orientation of Masters or Doctoral students in the PPGF.
Paragraph 1. Those who do not fulfill at least one the
following requirements at the end of two consecutive years will no longer
be part of the CPPG teaching staff:
a) Taught at least one compulsory PPGF discipline;
b) Published at least one paper in one of the areas of concentration of the courses offered by the PPGF, in a scientific journal with a Qualis International A rank, as determined by Capes, or registered a patent with INPI;
c) Acted as advisor for at least one Masters Dissertation or Doctoral Thesis.
Paragraph 2. Based on the reports of the 2 (two) previous years, the governing board of the PPGF, at the beginning of each school year, will publish the composition of the collegiate board, which will have a term of 1 (one) year.
Paragraph 3. The representative of the student body (and his/her alternate) will be elected from among and by full-time students enrolled in the Program, with a 1 (one) year term and a maximum of 1 re-election (consecutive or not).
Article 7 The CPPG will:
a) Select among its professors and send the names to the President of the university and to the Coordinator and Vice-Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program, with a term of 2 (two) years;
b) Hold regular meetings to evaluate Program activities;
c) Nominate the Postgraduate Commission;
d) Nominate the Scholarship Selection Committee (CSB);
e) Propose to the competent bodies the list of compulsory and elective disciplines of the Postgraduate Program curriculum, with their respective course descriptions, course load and bibliography;
f) Examine proposals for including new disciplines into the Program, giving conclusive opinions on them and referring them, as the case may be, to the competent departments of UFRN;
g) Each semester establish the list of Postgraduate disciplines to be offered during the period, suggesting the respective professors and times;
h) Approve the effective members and alternates to make up the Masters and/or Doctoral Thesis Examining Boards;
i) Designate the Examing Commission for the Doctoral Qualification Examination;
j) Consider appeals regarding decisions made by the CSB or any other member of the CPPG;
k) Deliberate and decide on any matter of interest to the Postgraduate Program in Physics.
Sole Paragraph. The CPPG will meet whenever called together by the Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program, or by a majority of its members.
Article 8. The Coordinator and Vice-Coordinator of the Program will be chosen in a direct election by members of the CPPG and nominated by decree by the President of UFRN, for a term of 2 (two) years, with only one consecutive reelection allowed.
Paragraph 1. The Vice-Coordinator will substitute the Coordinator of the Program in case of legal impediments.
Paragraph 2. In the case of simultaneous impediments of the Coordinator and Vice-Coordinator, the longest-standing member of the CPPG will become acting Coodinator of the Program.
Paragraph 3. In the case of permanent dismissal of the Coordinator, the Vice-Coordinator will assume the position, and hold new elections to fill the post within a period of 30 (thirty) days from the dismissal.
Article 9. The Coodinator of the Postgraduate Program
a) Represent the Program and PPGF Collegiate Board at the competent courts;
b) Schedule and preside over meetings of the CPPG, CPG and CSB;
c) Fulfill and enforce the decisions of the PPGF Collegiate Board and of the administative departments of UFRN;
d) Submit to the Collegiate Board a plan of activities to be developed in each semester, including the list of disciplines offered;
e) Be responsible for the proper implementation of the didactic activities elaborated by the PPGF;
f) Submit to the PPGF Collegiate Board the names of examing board members for qualification examinations and, upon consulting advisors, of Dissertation and Thesis Examining Boards;
g) Establish contacts with national and international research centers, in order to promote scientific exchange programs;
h) Establish contacts with research and development agencies to obtain the resources needed for good functioning of the program;
i) Perform all the functions necessary for the adequate functioning of the program.
Article 10. The Postgraduate Commission is composed of the Coordinator of the Program, the Substitute Coordinator, 4 (four) other professor-members of the PPGF Collegiate Board, representatives of the areas of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Astronomy and the elected student representative. The representatives of each area will be nominated by the CPPG.
Paragraph 1 – The CPPG will nominate 1 (one) alternate for each representative in the CPG.
Paragraph 2 – The members of the Postgraduate Commission and their alternatives have a 2 (two) year term, except the representatives of the student body, who have a 1 (one) year term. In both cases, one reelection is permitted. For purposes of reelection, the terms of alternates will be the same as those of coordinators.
Article 11 – The Postgraduate Commission will:
a) Assist the Coordinator in any way that is needed for the good functioning of the Program, from the didactic, scientific and administrative viewpoint;
b) Propose Program Regimen changes to the CPPG;
c) Approve postgraduate study and research projects;
d) Approve the referral of Dissertations, Theses and Qualification Examinations to the Examining Board;
e) Inform the CPPG about the members of the Examining Boards referred to in clause IV, after consulting the advisor;
f) Propose professors for accreditation by the Postgraduate Council;
g) Propose the profile of Postgraduate professors, with minimum requirements for production, orientation and teaching activities;
h) Suggest to the CPPG the list of disciplines and their respective course descriptions and course loads;
i) Award credits for activities performed by postgraduate students;
j) Monitor Program spending of the budget;
l) Establish, in conjunction with the Departments involved, the distribution of the Program’s didactic activities.
m) Assess the program, regularly and systematically, in conjunction with the CPPG;
n) Propose to the CPPG the dismissal of professors;
o) Deliberate about the transfer and selection of students, grading and revalidating credits obtained in other stricto sensu postgraduate courses, discipline dispensation, leaves of absence, readmission and related matters;
p) Propose to the Collegiate Board of the Postgraduate Program actions related to postgraduate teaching.
Article 12. The Scholarship Commission (CSB) will be
composed of the Coordinator of the PPGF, two representatives of the CPPG
and one representative of the student body who has been a full-time student
for at least two years, all with 2 (two) year terms.
Sole Paragraph – The CPPG will nominate 1 (one) alternate to the CSB.
Article 13. The Scholarship Commission will:
a) Oversee enforcement of financial agency norms for the concession of scholarships;
b) Refer for analysis to the PPGF Collegiate Board the criteria that will be used to classify scholarship applicants, for each admission process of the program.
c) Analyze scholarship applications and classify them in order of priority;
d) Maintain permanent monitoring of the academic performance of the students of the Program;
e) Refer to the CPPG proposals to alter the initial distribution of scholarships (cancellations, substitutions, etc.)
Chapter 3: Academic Structure
Article 14. The academic structure of the Program consists of regular postgraduate disciplines (compulsory, elective or short-term), seminars, laboratory work, supervised internships at other national or foreign institutions, Masters qualification examination, Doctoral qualification examination and foreign language proficiency examination, in addition to elaborating and defending a thesis (Masters and/or Doctoral).
Article 15. The CPPG can propose at any time to the competent departments of UFRN the inclusion, cancellation or alteration of any program activity.
Article 16. The proposals of new postgraduate disciplines
must be accompanied by the following:
a) Name of the discipline, course description, course load, number of credits, prerequisites, bibliography indicated and suggested period during which the discipline will be taught;
c) Names of possible professors to teach the discipline;
Article 17. The postgraduate disciplines can, at the discretion of the CPPG, be taught by professor-doctors not belonging to the teaching body of the PPGF.
Article 18. The CPPG will elaborate a list of disciplines to be offered during each academic period, request the DFTE to indicate the respective professors and send this information to the Vice-Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies (PPPg) of UFRN to be registered.
Article 19. A number of credits will be assigned to each
academic activity of the program.
Paragraph 1. Each credit corresponds to 15 (fifteen) hours of theoretical/practical activity;
Paragraph 2. Seminars, laboratory work, supervised internships at other national or foreign institutions, the doctoral qualification examination, the foreign language proficiency examination and the elaboration and defense of a thesis (Masters or Doctoral) will not be awarded credits.
Article 20. At the discretion of CPPG, credits obtained
in postgraduate disciplines at UFRN or from other higher learning institutions
with a ranking of 4 or more and parity in course load/credits may be accepted.
Sole Paragraph. The CPPG will request that CPG evaluate postgraduate disciplines from other national or foreign higher learning institutions.
Article 21. The school calendar of the Program will be established by the CPPG at least one month before the start of each academic period.
Chapter 4: Student Admission
Article 22. To enrol in the Postgraduate Program in Physics, the applicant must have a certificate of conclusion of a university course in Physics or similar area, to the discretion of the CPPG.
Article 23. Applicants to the Postgraduate program in
Physics must submit the following documents:
a) Duly completed inscription form;
b) Proof of conclusion of an undergraduate or graduate course, as the case may be;
c) Academic history of the undergraduate of graduate course, as the case may be;
e) Two letters of recommendation;
f) One 3X4 photograph.
Article 24. The selection of applicants will follow the
specificities defined in the Selection Edicts, according to current legislation
and based on the following general norms:
a) The Masters students will be selected based on undergraduate academic record, the resume, a knowledge test and letters of recommendation;
b) Doctoral students will be selected based on the Masters academic record, the resume, letters of recommendation and a Doctoral Thesis Project, jointly presented by the applicant and one of the available accredited Program advisors, who, upon acceptance of the student, immediately becomes his/her advisor. Doctoral applicants who have not completed a Masters course in Physics or related areas will be assessed based on admission criteria of the Masters Program and their Doctoral Project;
c) Selection edicts may specify a limited number of places, according to the availability of scholarships and advisors at the time.
Article 25. The accepted applicants’ enrolment will be guaranteed by order of classification, according to the number of places available.
Article 26. All Masters and Doctoral students must pass an English language proficiency test elaborated and coordinated by COMPERVE.
Paragraph 1. Students must take the English language proficiency examination by the end of their first year as a regular student in the program.
Paragraph 2. Students must receive a grade of 6.0 (six) or above in the English language proficiency examination.
Paragraph 3. Students who do not pass their first English language proficiency examination must enrol for the next examination.
Paragraph 4. The dates of the English language proficiency examination will be determined by COMPERVE.
Paragraph 5. Any student who does not pass the second English language proficiency examination will be dismissed from the program.
Article 27. The CPPG may accept for admission special
students, who will not be candidates for Masters or Doctoral degrees,
in some of the Postgraduate Program activities. These students will be
awarded certificates at the conclusion of these activities.
Sole Paragraph. No student will be admitted as a special student for a period exceeding two semesters (consecutive or not).
Article 28. To each student regularly enrolled in the PPGF will be assigned an advisor-member of the CPPG, who will establish and monitor the study program as well as the elaboration of the dissertation or thesis.
Article 29. A thesis advisor, as well as a research project will be defined for each student of the course within a period of at most 6 (six) months for Masters students and at most 1 (one) year for Doctoral students.
Paragraph 1. Students who do not have an advisor and research project within the stipulated period will be dismissed from the course.
Paragraph 2. The thesis advisor, when selected, will also become the student’s program advisor.
Paragraph 3. Students may ask CPPG for a change in program and/or thesis advisor, as long as they include a written explanation for such a request. The CPPG, after hearing the former advisor, will grant or not the request.
Chapter 5: Attendance and Grading
Article 30. Attendance at a minimum of 75% of Program activities will be compulsory.
Article 31. A passing grade in each Postgraduate activity will be determined by tests, examinations, assignments and projects. Grades will be awarded as follows: A – Excellent, with a credit; B – Good, with a credit; C – Fair, with a credit; D – Insufficient, failing grade, without a credit; E – Weak, failing grade, without a credit;
Paragraph 1. Numerical values of (5), (4), (3), (2), and (1) will be assigned to grades A-E, respectively when quantification of the grade is required.
Paragraph 2. A grade of I (incomplete) will be awarded to students, who for reasons beyond their control, did not conclude assignments during the corresponding academic period.
Paragraph 3. In the hypothesis of the previous paragraph, students will have until the end of the following semester to complete assignments and receive their final grade.
Paragraph 4. Students with attendance of at least 75% and final grade of C or better will be considered to have passed the discipline.
Article 32. Grades of AP (Passed) and RP (Failed) will be awarded for seminars and short-term disciplines.
Article 33. Students may withdraw from a discipline before 1/3 (one-third) of the classes have been given with no record of the discipline appearing on their academic history.
Article 34. A grade of J (justified withdrawal) may be requested, and conceded or not by the CPPG, at its discretion, to students in good standing after 1/3 of the classes have been given, without considering, in this case, the discipline in the calculation of credits.
Article 35. The overall passing grade of a student will
be expressed by a coefficient of performance (CR), defined as the weighted
mean of numerical values associated to the grades, the weights being determined
by the number of credits assigned to each discipline.
Sole Paragraph. The coefficient of performance is an overall measure of the student’s performance, including all the disciplines taken.
Article 36. Students regularly enrolled in Postgraduate
courses at UFRN or similar institution are permitted to enrol in individual
disciplines of the Program, at the discretion of the CPG.
Chapter 6: Course Periods and Leaves of Absence
Article 37. The maximum times allowed to conclude the courses are 24 (twenty-four) months for the Masters and 48 (forty-eight) months for the Doctorate.
Paragraph 1. In exceptional circumstances, after consulting the thesis advisor, the CPPG may, on a single occasion, extend these periods by 6 (six) months (Masters) and 1 (one) year (Doctorate).
Paragraph 2. The period required to conclude the course starts at initial enrolment.
Paragraph 3. At the end of this period, students who have not fulfilled the requirement for obtaining a Masters degree may request a Certificate of Specialization, providing they have met the norms of the Federal Education Council (CFE) with respect to the subject.
Article 38. Students may ask the CPPG for a leave of absence from the Course for a period not exceeding two years. In this case, the leave of absence will not be included in the time required to conclude the course, stipulated in the previous article.
Article 39. After the maximum leave of absence period expires, students will be automatically dismissed from the Course if they do not resume regular activities.
Article 40. Doctoral students must pass a Doctoral Qualification Examination, elaborated and coordinated by an examining board designated by the CPPG and composed of 4 (four) members of this collegiate board (CPPG), 3 (three) full members and 1 (one) alternate.
Paragraph 1. Students may only take the Doctoral Qualification Examination after completing the compulsory disciplines of the Masters course.
Paragraph 2. The examination period will be annual, always occurring in the second half of February.
Paragraph 3. The Doctoral Examination consists of four subjective written tests, without consulting texbooks, notes or the like, taken by the applicant before the examining board. The tests will be on the following disciplines: (a) Quantum Mechanics I, (b) Classic Electrodynamics I, (c) Classic Mechanics and (d) Statistical Mechanics I. The topics of each of the tests will be published at least 30 (thirty) days before the examination. Total examination time will not exceed 4 hours.
Paragraph 4. Students obtaining a grade of 6.0 or higher in each of the written tests will be considered to have passed the Qualification Examination. In the case of a student failing one or more of the tests, the applicant will take only these tests at the second attempt.
Paragraph 5. Doctoral students must conclude the Doctoral Qualification Examination by the end of their second year in the doctoral course.
Paragraph 6. Doctoral students who do not pass the first Doctoral Qualification Examination will automatically be enrolled in the second examination, which will take place in a period of 6 (six) months.
Paragraph 7. Students who do not pass the Doctoral Qualification Examination after the second attempt will be dismissed from the program.
Article 41. Compulsory dismissal from the Postgraduate
Program will occur when students:
a) Obtain a coefficient of performance of less than 3.0 in 2 (two) consecutive semesters;
b) Obtain 2 (two) or more final grades of D or less in different disciplines in the same semester;
c) Fail the same discipline twice;
d) Fail the English language proficiency examination twice.
e) In the case of doctoral students, fail the Doctoral Qualification Examination twice.
f) Doenot obtain a thesis advisor and research project within the time limits established in Article 27 of this Regimen.
g) Exceed the maximum time allowed to conclude the courses, established in Article 35 of this Regimen.
h) Commit a serious ethical infraction, as determined by the following procedures:
• Establishment of a Special Commission by the CPPG to analyze the process, providing the student with the right to present ample defense.
• If the decision of the Special Commission is to expel the student, this will be reviewd by the CPPG, and will only come into effect if approved by a quorum of 2/3 (two-thirds) of its members.
Chapter 7: Degrees
Article 42. To obtain the Masters degree in Physics the
following is required:
a) Be enrolled in the Course for at least 12 (twelve) months and at most 24 (twenty-four) months, a period that can be extended in exceptional cases and at the discretion of the CPPG for a further 6 (six) months.
b) Obtain at least 20 (twenty) credits in regular disciplines, of which 16 (sixteen) are compulsory, obtaining a coefficient of total performance (CR) of 4.0 or higher;
c) Pass the English language proficiency examination;
d) Elaborate and successfully defend a Masters Dissertation.
Sole Paragraph. The Masters Dissertation Examining Board will be composed of the professor-advisor and 2 (two) professors with PhD or equivalent, at least one of whom will be from another institution.
Article 43. Students who obtain a grade of B or higher, calculated from the average of the grades awarded by the three members of the Dissertation Examining Board, will be considered to have successfully defended their Masters Dissertation.
Article 44. To obtain the Doctor of Sciences degree the
following is required:
a) Be enrolled in the Course for at least 2 (two) years and at most 4 (four) years, a period that can be extended in exceptional cases and at the discretion of the CPPG for a further 1 (one) year.
b) Obtain at least 40 (forty) credits in regular disciplines, of which 20 are compulsory, obtaining a coefficient of performance (CR) of 4.0 or higher;
c) Pass in the English language proficency examination;
d) Pass the Doctoral Qualification Examination;
e) Have, at the time of Thesis defense, at least one scientific paper in the area published or accepted for publication in a journal with a Qualis International A ranking, as determined by Capes, or a patent registed with INPI.
f) Elaborate and successfully defend a Doctoral Thesis.
Sole Paragraph. The Doctoral Thesis Examining Board will be composed of the professor-advisor and 4 (four) professors with PhD or equivalent, at least two of whom will be from other institutions.
Article 45. Students who obtain a grade of B or higher, calculated from the average of the grades awarded by the five members of the Thesis Examining Board, will be considered to have successfully defended their Doctoral Thesis.
Article 46. In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the CPPG, after consulting the CPG, the doctoral thesis advisor may be a professor from another institution. In this case, the student must have a co-professor-thesis advisor from the CPPG.
Chapter 8: General and Temporary Provisions
Article 47. According to Capes norms, all doctoral students
with study scholarships financed by this agency are obliged to do volunteer
work of a didactic nature in one of the basic Physics disciplines offered
Sole Paragraph. This requirement is extended to doctoral students with study scholarships from REUNI and CNPq.
Article 48. All decisions rendered by CPPG can be appealed to the Councel for the Center for Exact and Earth Sciences at UFRN, and subsequently to the competent departments of UFRN.
Article 49. Cases not covered in the present Regimen will be settled by the CPPG, based on the legal norms of UFRN.
Article 50. The present internal Regimen comes into force
after approval by the Collegiate Board of the Postgraduate Program in
Physics, revoking all previous norms and other provisions to the contrary.
Natal, Brazil, 20 November, 2010.