Even the members of the committee are all familiar with it, please present it as though we hadn't heard about it before.(There may be a couple of other additional people present as observers who haven't read/seen your work.) You can also talk about any pieces you haven't finished yet too.
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.
At least one thesis reader must not be a collaborator on the thesis project, although she/he can be a collaborator with the laboratory. A completed Request for Special Service Appointment Form must be submitted for each non-BU committee member; students should submit these forms through the GMS registrar forms website.
An electronic copy of the form should be emailed to the GPN Assistant Director.
We can also install your project on screens or in Smith or elsewhere.
The semester after the successful completion of the Qualifying Exam, each student and their research mentor put together a dissertation advisory committee (DAC) that contains at least three members and eventually 5 members that are required to attend the dissertation defense.
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).
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.
Students should contact the GPN Program Director to obtain approval for the proposed DAC committee.