Dissertation Research

For all students

  • Within 6 months of passing the qualifying exams, the student convenes his/her Dissertation Research committee, composed of 5 faculty members (at least 2 from PHCO) with expertise in the proposed research area. The thesis advisor is a member of the committee but cannot be the chair.
  • The student presents a written thesis proposal similar to the written exam outlining their specific aims of the research at this first meeting. This document is often an updated version of the written exam.
  • All subsequent meetings occur on a yearly basis.
  • Committee meetings are scheduled by Nicole Arnold, the Student Services Manager