Students are required to meet with their doctoral committee at least once a year. During the first meeting, which is held within 6 months after appointing the committee, students discuss their interests, outline a possible research project, and set a time for their Oral Qualifying Examination. It is recommended that a 1-2 page outline of potential goals for the project be submitted to the committee at least one week prior to the meeting.
Students are expected to present research updates during subsequent meetings. The aim of these meetings is to provide the student with constructive comments that will facilitate their work and avoid subsequent time-consuming problems. A 1-2 page written summary of research results must be provided to members one week prior to each committee meeting. These meetings should not extend beyond 90 minutes. Thus, it is important that the presentation succinctly summarize past progress and future goals.
At the conclusion of every meeting, each committee member must fill out a Report of Annual Committee Meeting, which will be turned in to the Graduate Program Student Affairs Office and included in the student's file.