Physics students are required to do an oral presentation after they have passed the departmental examination. Once students are affiliated with a research group and have a research advisor, they must consult with their advisor to come up with a topic for the oral presentation. The topic must be different from the student’s research topic. The advisor will supply a list of relevant references. Students present a half-hour talk to a 3 person faculty examination committee. The oral presentation is followed by approximately 30-45 minutes of questioning generally related to the topic.