Important News & Updates

  • PRC/Hebb Labs - WINTER BREAK - UNIVERSITY CLOSED: December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018.  Re-open: Wednesday January 3, 2018 & regular hours resume.
  • Please note change in hours: 9:00- 4:50 pm for the Exam period:  December 4 - 22, 2017.

ABC PAPER (MINOR / MAJOR AREA PAPERS)

(To search: select "Minor Papers" or "Major Papers" under the Catalogue drop down menu)

ABC Papers (formerly "Minor Area Papers -MAP" from 1989 to April 4, 2016 [renamed to ABC Papers April 2016 (

Academic Breadth Comprehensive Paper)] – Each Ph.D. candidate is required to write a ABC Paper.

This name reflects the following aspects of what this paper should be:

  • Academic - this project/paper is, of course, academic and, hopefully, publishable in the academic literature
  • Breadth - the main purpose of this requirement is for students to gain breadth in a different type or topic of research from the rest of their work and, especially, their dissertation
  • Comprehensive - denotes the fact that this requirement serves in place of Comprehensive Exams which many other programs have

***The guidelines about the ABC Paper can be found in the Grad Handbook effective with the 2016-17 academic year. 

Major papers from 1980 to 1999 ( these were discontinued as of 1999).

These items may not be borrowed or photocopied as they are not copyright protected. They are for use in the PRC only.