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Selecting Your Committee

last modified 2011-11-07 12:21 PM

An important choice for graduate students is the selection of their capstone or comprehensive exam committee members. Student choices for committee members should be thoughtful and based upon their area of emphasis, interest, and - in the case of a capstone project - the nature of the research.

Advisors play an important role in a student's selection of committee members. They ensure that choices complement the student's program and will benefit the research. Once the advisor approves of the student's committee selections, the responsibility to contact the potential committee members and secure their agreement lies with the student.

The student is responsible to do the following steps:

  1. Select possible committee members.
  2. Consult the advisor for his/her opinion of the choices.
  3. Contact and secure the permission of the committee members.
  4. Communicate the approved and secured committee members to the Director of Graduate Studies.


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