Information about PhD exams is at http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/requirements/exams/exams-phds
The grad school’s code of legislation (PDF) as of 15 Aug 2015 is at http://gradschool.cornell.edu/sites/gradschool.cornell.edu/files/field_file/Code%20FINAL%20Version_CODE_Oct%202014%20BAK%20%282%29.pdf. Examination policies are summarized in chap VI, section F.
PhD students are urged to confer with the GFA (Marcia Sawyer as of 15 Aug 2015) to understand requirements for examinations.
REQUIREMENTS BEYOND GRAD SCHOOL POLICY
Requirements beyond grad school policy are set by field vote and/or the current DGS. As of 15 Aug 2015, this is Kirby (ME) Peck (AE) Hui (TAM). This listing is informative only and is not necessarily complete
Beyond grad school requirements, the ME and AE fields further require that students provide an abstract summarizing their talk for advertising/announcement purposes.