Also, a voting member may be added at the discretion of the Graduate College Dean.
(Section XII-P) The proposal must be written to satisfy the requirements established for dissertations in this department as described in section “Instructions for Preparation of a Ph D Dissertation” given above.
During the meeting, the student will give an oral presentation of the intended research followed by a discussion of the written research proposal.
During or soon after the Proposal Review, the student and advisor will determine who will be listed as co-authors of those dissertation chapters that will result in a manuscript for submission to a journal (typically chapters 2-4).
One week prior to the meeting, the student will provide the Committee members with the following items.
During the meeting, the Committee will review the material provided by the student and listen to the student’s presentation.Both are available on-line at: The examination process associated with obtaining a Ph D is rigorous and consists of four distinct processes as outlined below.Early in the student’s academic progress towards a Ph D degree an assessment of their academic proficiency and research interests will be conducted.The proposal format will be that of an NIH-style R01 grant.A guide for writing this type of grant can be found at: 7) sections that will include a detailed description of your dissertation research.The following actions are required as part of this assessment.The student’s dissertation proposal must be formally accepted at least one semester prior to the semester of the student’s Final Examination.The proposal review process will involve a meeting of the student and committee members.The printed proposal must be provided to the committee members at least two weeks prior to the meeting date.The Graduate College does not require a Prelim, therefore there are no official forms required.However, the Graduate Program Coordinator must be informed of the occurrence of a Prelim and receive a copy of the summary letter (see below) for inclusion in the student’s academic file.