Ph.D. dissertation advisor and committee selection

Each student must secure a Doctoral Thesis Advisor (Dissertation Advisor, Advisor), and Dissertation Committee. The student should choose the Advisor according to her/his research interests and the field of mathematics where she/he wishes to pursue writing a dissertation. Typically the Advisor is a faculty member with whom the student has interacted previously, for instance by having taken classes with her/him. The student should identify an Advisor as early as possible, ideally during their first two years in the program, but no later than by the end of their 3rd year.

The Dissertation Committee, chosen in communication between the student and her/his Advisor, serves as an advisory board to the student during her/his doctoral program career, on issues such as class selection, research work, Oral Exam, dissertation preparation, and defense. The student is encouraged to form their committee as early as possible, but not later than the end of their 3rd year.

The Dissertation Committee must consist of a minimum of 5 graduate faculty members, including the Advisor, who functions as the committee’s chair. At least 2 faculty members must be from the student’s major department/program, and at least 1 faculty member of the committee must be from another department in a field related to the student’s major. Additionally, at least one Graduate School
representative must serve on the committee. Formal approval of the committee is made by the Graduate Dean.

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Please note: this represents the program handbook for the 2020-2021 academic year only. For an archived version of a previous year's handbook, or to obtain a hard copy of this current year's program handbook, please contact the program director.