Dissertation and Defense
When student and advisor have determined that the student is approximately one semester from defending his or her dissertation, the student meets with the Ph.D. Advisory/Thesis Final Committee to review the proposed content of the thesis. The Department’s expectation is that by the time of this meeting the student will have sufficient material for at least one first-authored publication in a major referenced journal.
Ph.D. candidates must present an open seminar in defense of their thesis. Following the defense, members of the Thesis Final Committee, and any other faculty member of Department of Biochemistry who so desires, meet with the student concerning the thesis. The thesis is revised, if necessary, after this meeting, and upon final approval by the Thesis Committee, deposited in the Graduate College.