The PhD Supervisory Committee

The supervisor appoints several graduate faculty members to serve on the student’s PhD Supervisory Committee.  This committee is formed before the Comprehensive Examination is completed (preferably as soon as possible after the thesis topic is selected).

The membership of this committee consists of the thesis supervisor and at least two other members, normally from within the Department.  The thesis supervisor acts as chair of the committee.

The PhD Supervisory Committee is responsible for advising the supervisor and student on issues relating to the student’s research and progress within the PhD program.

The PhD Supervisory Committee must formally meet at least once per year.  At each meeting, the student provides a written progress report to the committee.  Soon after, the supervisor must provide a PhD Supervisory Committee Meeting Report Form to the Office of Student Services which outlines the result of the meeting.