Immediately after you submit the thesis in the proper form according to the Graduate School guidelines, you should email a copy of the thesis to all of your committee members and the Directors of Graduate Study for the MA.Your committee should have two full weeks to review the thesis.Composition of the DAC must be approved by the GPN Program Director in consultation with the GEC and when relevant, the Computational Neuroscience Curriculum Committee.
We will then call you back into the room, and let you know our decisions.
Assuming you pass, there are some documents we will need to sign as well.
This committee is expected to meet with the student every semester.
Not all members of the committee need to be present at each meeting (three members are sufficient for scheduling).
You are responsible for communicating your plans to your committee members as you plan for the defense.
Keep in mind that the faculty members may be part of multiple thesis committees, so waiting until the very last possible day for the defense can be a problem schedule-wise. You may also invite additional advisors (for example, other faculty or staff technologists) and a couple of supporters if you wish.Public Presentation The public presentation is an opportunity to share your project with the world after you have turned everything in.This usually takes the form of a Rendez-Vous session where you spend about 10 minutes talking about what you have done.The Chair’s chief responsibility is to make sure that the student works with the office to schedule the necessary meetings and serves as an interface between the committee’s recommendations to the student and any other concerns that the student or mentor may have during the training process.The Chair also formally introduces the student at the open defense presentation.At least two DAC members must be from the group of GPN training faculty (ideally one from each campus).The final 5 member composition of the DAC at the defense includes a minimum of 2 readers of the dissertation.Plan for two hours, though this could be a bit shorter depending on how our conversations go.Post-Defense After the defense it is necessary to make any required revisions, as well as additional documentation of your digital component, if needed.During the DAC meeting (limited to 1 hour per semester) students make a short Power Point presentation to the group highlighting their research accomplishments over the past academic period (with review of research goals) and receive feedback from faculty regarding any issues in approach or interpretation.Scheduling of the DAC meetings is done by the student (with guidance from the GPN office if needed).