Graduate Student Committees
Important elements of the graduate program at the departmental level are the Graduate Committee and the individual Supervisory or Advisory Committees.
The Graduate Committee reviews each application for graduate study in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and recommends an action to the Dean for Graduate Studies.
The Graduate Committee oversees the graduate academic program of the department; it approves the selection of a supervisor and Supervisory Committee for each Ph.D. student and an advisor and Advisory Committee for each M.S. student; it supervises the program of each student in the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs prior to the formation of an Advisory or Supervisory Committee, respectively.
The Graduate Committee directs the preparation and administration of comprehensive examinations and reviews the progress of each graduate student at least twice per year. It also reviews and recommends all graduate course offerings. Membership of the Graduate Committee shall be recommended by the departmental chairman, for approval and appointment by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.
Upon recommendation of the departmental Graduate Committee, the Dean for Graduate Studies appoints a Supervisory Committee for each Ph.D. student. The Supervisory Committee consists of a minimum of four fellows of the Graduate Faculty, one of whom is the student's supervisor and who serves as chairman of the committee. Once appointed, the Supervisory Committee becomes generally responsible for the student's progress and approves the program of studies and the area of research to be undertaken for the dissertation. The committee meets whenever necessary but no less than twice each year for the purpose of reviewing the student's progress and program.