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Adviser and Doctoral Advisory Committee

The adviser, who must be on the graduate faculty in the Department of Plant Science, will assist the student with course selection until the student passes the candidacy exam. For subsequent semesters, the course program should be approved by the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The adviser and student should discuss possible research projects and jointly decide on an area of research for the student. Based on the intended area of study, the adviser and student should select other members for the Doctoral Advisory Committee, which is chaired by the adviser. The Doctoral Advisory Committee must consist of at least four members of the graduate faculty (including the adviser). One member shall be from outside the Plant Science Department. The student should approach those faculty and ask if they are willing to serve on the Doctoral Advisory Committee. When the candidacy is scheduled (see below), the department head, upon recommendation of the adviser, will appoint a Candidacy Examination Committee of no less than four members of the graduate faculty to administer the candidacy examination. The Doctoral Advisory Committee is officially appointed after the student passes the candidacy exam. Usually the Candidacy Examination Committee and the Doctoral Advisory Committee are composed of the same members, but this is not required. The Doctoral Advisory Committee is appointed through the Office of Graduate Student Programs in the Graduate School via Stacy Smith, upon recommendation of the department head in consultation with the adviser. The Doctoral Advisory Committee is responsible for approving the broad outline of the student's program and should review the program as soon as possible after admission to candidacy. The committee will prepare, administer, and evaluate the candidate's examinations, as well as supervise and approve the thesis. The adviser serves as the chair of the committee during all exams and meetings.