Curriculum & Timeline Second Year

Developing a Thesis Project

At the beginning of the second year of training, students choose a research advisor. Most of the second year is spent developing a research project. A Thesis Advisory Committee is chosen by the student in consultation with his/her mentor and the GGSB Student Advisory Committee. A written research proposal is provided to the Thesis Advisory Committee in advance of the first committee meeting. During this meeting, the student will present and defend his/her proposal. This first meeting constitutes the Qualifying Exam for Ph.D. candidacy. Following Qualifying Exam, the Thesis Advisory Committee meets with, and advises the student on a regular basis throughout the remainder of his/her training.

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