The Group Exploration Period and rotations help lay the foundation for committee selection. Make sure to explore the research in the department broadly to ensure you connect with the faculty who can best support your research.
In consultation with their advisors, scholars should begin the process of asking faculty to join their committee no later than the start of their second year. Scholars may begin these discussions at any time. However, committee assignments are not finalized until DGS review in the second year as described in the Committee Selection Timeline.
The chemistry graduate program relies on Laney Graduate School guidelines to define committee membership.
Expectations for Committee Members
In addition to acting as a resource for advice throughout the PhD, the committee will:
- Serve as the scholar’s Annual Report Committee
- Contribute to any other required progress reports
- Serve as the scholar’s dissertation committee
Expectations for Scholars
Scholars are expected to take an active role in managing their relationship with their committee members. This includes:
- Providing regular reports of research progress, including, but not necessarily limited to, the annual report and milestone requirements.
- Responding to email from the committee in a timely manner—within 24 hours on regular working days.
- Taking responsibility for scheduling of activities that require the committee to collaborate, including reserving rooms and providing at least one week’s notice when the committee needs to meet.
Committee Selection Timeline
September 30: Scholars submit committee selections to the Graduate Program Coordinator by email. The DGS will review and finalize committee requests, with possible adjustments to ensure distribution of responsibility across the faculty.
October 15: Scholars will receive a formal letter finalizing their committee.
Note: Scholars should submit the Laney Graduate School Dissertation Committee Signature Form when they apply for candidacy. This form must be submitted as soon as possible but no later than September 15 of the 4th year. See the Candidacy section of this handbook for details.