The Proposal Meeting
The proposal meeting is a formal evaluation of the dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal must include (but is not limited to) the introduction, research questions, literature review and methods section. In the proposal meeting, the committee members evaluate the relevance of the study, the appropriateness of the methods, and whether the student is adequately prepared to conduct the research, as well as other issues pertinent to the student’s proposal.
Upon successful passing of the dissertation proposal, students may submit the IRB. For the dissertation, students should be listed as the Principal Investigator (PI) and the chair should be listed as the Faculty Mentor.
Preparing for the Defense
In order to schedule the dissertation defense, the student must have a dissertation document which has been reviewed and approved by the committee chair. The student should schedule the dissertation defense taking into consideration that some time may be required after the defense for reviews before the final version of the dissertation can be submitted to the Graduate School.
Typically, students need to provide a minimum of one week for chairs to review it, but during the heavy parts of a semester, it is best to plan for two weeks. Remember that as you get ready to schedule any of these defenses (i.e., prospectus, comprehensive, or defense), there are forms that must be completed for the program and for the graduate school.