In defining a dissertation topic, the student collaborates with her or his faculty advisor or dissertation advisor (if one is selected) in the choice of a topic for the dissertation.
The dissertation proposal is a comprehensive statement on the extent and nature of the student’s dissertation research interests.
Only one $300 credit per student will be issued, but it is usable throughout the remainder of her or his doctoral program until the balance is exhausted.
The print credit can be used only at the printers in Cubberley basement and CERAS, and cannot be used toward copying.
At the end of this meeting, the dissertation proposal committee members should sign the Cover Sheet for Dissertation Proposal and indicate their approval or rejection of the proposal.
This signed form should be submitted to the Doctoral Programs Officer.The Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committee form should be completed and given to the Doctoral Programs Officer to enter in the University student records system.Note: The proposal hearing committee and the reading committee do not have to be the same three faculty members.Committee members could require an earlier deadline (e.g., four weeks before the hearing).The major components of the proposal are as follows, with some variations across Areas and disciplines: Registration (i.e., enrollment) is required for any quarter during which a degree requirement is completed, including the dissertation proposal.In these cases, it is acceptable for the student to form a reading committee prior to the dissertation proposal hearing.The reading committee then serves as the proposal committee.The student and the dissertation advisor are responsible for scheduling a formal meeting or hearing to review the proposal; the student and proposal committee convene for this evaluative period.Normally, all must be present at the meeting either in person or via conference phone call.After the hearing, a memorandum listing the changes to be made will be written and submitted with the signed proposal cover sheet and a copy of the proposal itself to the Doctoral Programs Officer.Review and approval of the dissertation proposal occurs normally during the third year.