Mandated meetings for the Thesis

As the student writes her or his thesis, individual committee members should be available for regular consultation.

The Department mandates, as a matter of policy, the following meetings between the student and the Thesis Committee as a whole:

  • The Thesis committee is required to meet with the student when it is first constituted to approve a specific topic for the student’s thesis research and to advise the student on his or her proposed plan of research and timetable of activity. At the conclusion of this meeting, the Thesis Committee should complete a Thesis Committee Form, which is to be signed by all committee members and filed with the Graduate Office.  If the Thesis Committee membership will remain the same and the chair will become the supervisor after the Qualifying Exam, this form should be submitted along with the Qualifying Exam Certificate immediately following the oral exam. If the Thesis Committee will or may undergo changes after the Qualifying Exam, this form should be submitted within one month from the date of the exam.
  • The Thesis committee is required to meet with the student at the beginning of each academic year, and no later than the end of September, until the Thesis has been defended or the student’s candidacy in the Department has elapsed, to consider the student’s progress on the thesis since the last meeting and to provide advice regarding the student’s research as well as the student’s professional development. At the conclusion of each such meeting, the Thesis Committee must complete a Thesis Committee Report, which is to be signed by all committee members and filed with the Graduate Office by September 30.

It is the student’s responsiblity to arrange these meetings, but it is each Thesis Committee member’s responsibility to be reasonably available for each meeting.