Thesis Committee

The Thesis Committee is comprised of at least 5 members, including the Thesis Advisor.  The committee will help guide the student throughout their independent research until completion of their PhD Degree. The student and Thesis Advisor will choose four other faculty members to serve on the committee. At least one of the four additional members must be in a different department than the Thesis Advisor. Three of the five committee members must be trainers in the Biophysics Program. It is recommended that students form their Thesis Committee soon after beginning in their lab, but this should be donw by the end of the student's first year in the Biophysics Graduate Degree Program.
Once a committee is formed, the student should schedule a meeting with all committee members.  The purpose of this first meeting is to introduce everybody, to discuss the student’s research area and determine appropriate steps to complete the program requirements, including suggesting courses for the student to take.  The student should continue to meet regularly with their committee throughout their progression in the Biophysics Graduate Degree Program, as outlined in the Timeline Overview.