Prospectus & Defense Meetings
Prospectus and defense meetings, for both Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations, are governed by Departmental policy as well as Graduate School regulations.
Alicia Olechowski. Thesis Prospectus. Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in Life Science II, Room 285D.
Nupur Sahai. Dissertation Defense. Friday, March 24, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the DeJarnett American Heritage Room, 3rd Floor, Morris Library 331A.
Jeremy "Mac" Kelly. Thesis Defense. Monday, March 27, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the DeJarnett American Heritage Room, 3rd Floor, Morris Library 331A.
Raquel Mendizabal Martell. Thesis Defense. Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Life Science II, Room 295.
Matthew Ruehle. Thesis Defense. Monday, April 3, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Life Science II, Room 285D.
Vilosh Veeramani. Thesis Prospectus. Friday, May 5, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Room TBA.
Nicole Gilson. Dissertation Defense. Friday, May 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Life Science II, Room 285D.
Alana Curewitz. Dissertation Defense. Monday, May 8, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Life Science II, Room 295.
A thesis committee consists of three members and a dissertation committee consists of five members (additional members are allowed). The committee is chaired (or co-chaired) by a faculty member who is tenured or tenurable in Psychology, a majority of members who are tenured or tenurable in Psychology, and a member who is outside of the student's major program area. Dissertation committees must also include a member who is from a department other than Psychology. The dissertation committee chair must hold Direct Dissertation status as awarded by the Graduate School; this status is granted to faculty upon tenure and is sometimes granted to senior-level assistant professors.
Committee composition must be approved by the Department Chair, and students should request approval as soon as possible and after consultation with the committee chair. To request approval, please see the Psychology Graduate Office (Life Science II 281A).
Responsibility for scheduling prospectus and defense meetings rests with the candidate. The candidate, in consultation with committee members, will arrange a time that is suitable for all parties. Meetings are not scheduled during the recess period between semesters.
The expectation is that all members of a committee will attend the meeting. In the event that all timely attempts to schedule a meeting fail because one member is unavailable (e.g., on sabbatical leave), prior departmental approval to meet is required. Students seeking such approval should submit a written request to the Department Chair after obtaining concurrence from the chair of the dissertation committee and the member of the committee who cannot be present.
A complete copy of the prospectus document must be submitted to committee members at least one week prior to the scheduled prospectus meeting; likewise, the final document must be submitted at least one week prior to the final oral defense meeting.
Prospectus and defense meetings may not occur in the same semester.