Thesis Committee Letter

When a student submits a completed dissertation, the membership of the dissertation committee must match the members listed on the most recent dissertation committee form submitted and approved by the Laney Graduate School.

Students who do not meet this deadline will be placed on academic probation, will not be eligible for PDS funds, and may forfeit financial support.

Don't attempt to barge into a professor's office and ask him to contribute or confront him during a casual run-in.

Only meet with your committee members after informing them of your request in writing.

The dissertation committee form affirms both that a candidate has a proposal or prospectus that has been approved as required by program policies, and that the candidate has a dissertation committee formed in accordance with program policies.

Laney Graduate School staff will then confirm that the committee also meets LGS policy requirements.

The honors thesis advisor is very much like a graduate thesis advisor.

The presumption is that the advisor's scholarship or interest will be close to the student’s topic.

Because people who join dissertation committees essentially agree to do extra work in addition to teaching responsibilities, asking them as early as one year in advance can secure their help for your project.

Send your prospective members an email asking if they'd be willing to serve, along with a brief description of your dissertation.


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