The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination Committee will be composed of four Food Science faculty members representing the fields of food chemistry, food microbiology, food engineering, and nutrition.

Members will be appointed by the Head for a period of four years and will become Chair of the committee in their fourth year. All committee members will have equal rights and voting privileges.

When a member of the Committee is unable to attend the examination or has a conflict of interest (e.g. adviser of the Ph.D. student being evaluated) that member will be responsible for finding a substitute within the Food Science Faculty in the field they represent, and notifying the Committee and the student of that change. In the event the Chair of the Committee has a conflict of interest, the next senior member of the Committee will act as Chair.