Once admitted to candidacy, students will meet at least annually with the Thesis Advisory Committee to discuss research progress, future directions, plans for publications and career plans. One week prior to the commitee meeting, the student will ciruclate to all members of the committee a Committee Meeting Update form.
At the meeting, the student will provide a hard copy of the Committee Meeting Report form to the Chair of the committee. The Chair will summarize the content of the meeting on this form and collect signatures of approval from the committee members during the meeting. The completed form will be submitted to the MCB Graduate Program Coordinator (MCB_Program@brown.edu, Box G-L209) immediately after the meeting.
In preparation for submission of the thesis, students should schedule a final committee meeting in which an outline of the thesis is presented for approval by the committee and a defense date is agreed upon, typically 3-6 months before the defense is scheduled.
Annual Thesis Advisory Committee Meetings are required by the MCB Graduate Program and by the Brown Graduate School. Students who have gone more than a year since the last Committee Meeting will be placed on academic warning until they hold the required meeting. Students who have still not held a Committee Meeting within six months of receiving the initial academic warning will receive a second warning. Students who have still not held a Committee Meeting within six months of the second warning can be dismissed from the Program, as determined by the Director of the Graduate Program in consultation with the Thesis Advisory Committee and the MCB Graduate Program Executive Committee.