Student Committees

1st Year: Initial Guidance Committee

  • In the first year BBSP students join a focus group (First Year Group) comprised of students and faculty advisors having related research interests.
  • First Year Groups meet in an informal course setting to work on development of critical thinking and scientific communication skills.
  • Please refer to BBSP website for more information:

2nd Year: 3-Member Thesis Committee (optional)

  • Consists of 3 faculty, selected by student; at least two of these must have a primary or joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics.
  • Research Advisor submits Annual Progress Report within one week of the meeting of the committee.

2nd Year: 5-Member Thesis Committee

  • Consists of at least 5 faculty, suggested by the student in consultation with the advisor
  • Selected during Spring semester of the 2nd Year (usually in March)
  • At least three of the committee members, including the advisor and the committee chair, must have a primary or joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics; other members may be from other departments on this campus or other universities.
  • A listing of the suggested committee must be submitted in advance to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
  • Full committee is required to meet at least once a year and meetings are scheduled by the Student Services Manager.

Role of the committee chair

  • The chair will ensure that meetings are conducted properly and fairly as well as the Oral Exam and Thesis Defense
  • After a meeting, the chair will complete the thesis committee's Annual Progress Report and return it within 48 hours to Lisa Phillippie (3024 Genetic Medicine Building).
  • Chair's responsibilities continue until the student defends his/her final thesis and earns the Ph.D. degree.