Dissertation Proposal Procedure
At least two years prior to the dissertation defense, candidates must present a written proposal in either a National Institutes of Health (NIH) or National Science Foundation (NSF) format for their dissertation work to the advisory committee. The proposal will be given to the doctoral program coordinator two weeks in advance of meeting with the committee. The student must successfully defend the rationale and experimental procedures for the proposed doctoral dissertation. Students are encouraged to present an open seminar on the proposal prior to meeting with the advisory committee. Students who fail the proposal defense may repeat the proposal defense a maximum of one time. If a second failure occurs, the student may be dismissed from the program.