Committee Requirements

GBS students must meet the following committee progression deadlines. For our purposes, years are counted August-July.

  • Set up your committee. Deadline: no later than January of your second year. With your mentor, invite at least four faculty to serve on your committee. Your mentor is expected to serve as chair of the committee, and one member must have expertise outside your area of research.
  • Have your first committee meeting. Deadline: no later than April of your second year. After your first initial meeting, you must meet with your committee*:
    • Once a year during years three and four
    • Beginning in year five, meet every six months

* Failure to have committee meetings on this schedule may result in holds being placed on your registration.


Beginning in Fall 2016, new requirements are in place for committee meetings:

  • You and your mentor must complete committee meeting minutes forms (one for each) and bring the forms to the meeting.
  • You are expected to bring along an updated copy of the theme checklist, with copies for each member (including the theme director)
  • Committee meeting minutes forms are to be scanned and emailed to the process manager, Nan Travis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), along with a copy of the checklist, no later than one week after the meeting