The Annual Reports are mandated by the Graduate School for all graduate students past their first year at Duke.
In the Physics Department, the Annual Reports are due March 31 each year, and are required before registration. The report consists of the following:
The Annual Report should be one to three pages, not a long paper, nor a technical report.
Your advisor's signature or an e-mail from your advisor indicating he/she approves the report. Then you should send this document to your DGS and to your committee members (if you have a committee). Please use the opportunity preparing the Annual Report provides to assess your progress in the program and discuss with your advisor your future plans and timeline for Ph.D. completion.
If in this Spring Term you have taken your prelim, or will be taking soon, you may substitute the prelim report (submitted by your advisor and approved by your committee after the prelim exam) in lieu of the Annual Report. If you will graduate in time for a May degree (April 22), you need not submit an Annual Report in that year.