§ Part B should be arranged roughly 6-12 months after passing Part A of the exams.
§ The written report should be made available to the committee members at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. During this meeting, the report will be presented orally to the committee.
§ Your Part B committee will also be your Dissertation committee. The committee should consist of five members, one being your supervising professor. Of the five committee members, four should be inside the Microbiology Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) and one member should be chosen outside of the Microbiology GSC.
§ The student will present a clear and concise description of the intended thesis project in written, prose, form. The planned work will then be orally described to the committee, who will be able to offer suggestions and comments. The proposal will be retained in the student's file.
§ The proposed work should be clearly written and adequately documented, with an introduction indicating the significance of the project and it's potential contribution to knowledge. Although an outline might be useful for organizing the proposal, the final version submitted to the committee should be in prose form.
§ The project should be well-formulated prior to the meeting with the committee. Part B is not the occasion for the committee to assist the student in defining a worthwhile project.
§ If it appears that there are significant deficiencies in the research plan, the student may be asked to rewrite the proposal and resubmit it to the committee. The committee can then decide whether it wishes to meet again with the student for a second presentation.
§ Students will meet with their committee annual after advancement to candidacy.
§ After your exam, go to http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/pdn/index.html and fill out the forms under Doctoral Forms: Candidacy Application Packets.
§ Pick up a form for the committee members to sign from the Graduate Coordinator before your exam