Doctoral Supervisory Committee

After a student has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, the student's adviser in consultation with the candidate will recommend a doctoral supervisory committee to the Department Head.

The Graduate Student Committee Policies and Procedures and Committee Appointment Signature Form will now be used to appoint and/or revise a doctoral committee (Please see back of handbook). The signature page of the form should be returned to Graduate Enrollment Services soon after the student is admitted to candidacy.

If a committee change is necessary, the signature page must be resubmitted but only with the signature(s) of the new committee member (s). A doctoral examination will not be scheduled until the signature page is completed and on file in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.

The Dean of the Graduate School, upon recommendation of the Department Head, will appoint a doctoral committee consisting of four or more active members of the Graduate Faculty, at least three of whom are members of the Food Science Graduate Faculty. In addition, it is required to have a member from another department of the University on the Committee. If a minor has been selected, a faculty member representing the minor field must be appointed to the Committee. The chairman of the committee generally is a member of the Food Science Graduate Faculty.

The committee is responsible for:

  1. Approving the broad outline of the student's program of course work and research.
  2. Approving the student‘s communication abilities.
  3. Approving the student‘s plan of research.
  4. Administering and evaluating the comprehensive and final examinations, and approving the thesis.