Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Supervisory Committee

This Committee serves several important functions, including evaluating the student’s progress, advising the student on their research, and conducting the student’s General Exam.

  • Students must establish a Supervisory Committee by the Last Day of Autumn Quarter of the 2nd year in the Program.
  • The Supervisory Committee must be approved by the Program Directors.
  • Students can meet with their Supervisory Committees as often as necessary, but a minimum of one meeting per year is required to ensure adequate and timely progress toward the PhD degree.
  • First Supervisory Committee meeting must be held before the last day of Winter Quarter 2nd year.

These meetings are not examinations. They consist of a presentation on progress and future plans and extensive discussion. The Committee should approve the student’s progress before the General Exam is scheduled.

The Committee is made up of Faculty that the student selects, in consultation with the dissertation advisor, and with approval of the Program Directors.

The Supervisory Committee must:

  • Contain at least three (3) individuals who are members of the Program training faculty.
  • At least one (1) member of the Committee should represent an area of neuroscience outside the student’s immediate area of research.

A criterion for “outside” status is membership in a focus group outside the field of the  advisor. In addition, the student will select a Graduate School Representative (GSR) to the Supervisory Committee.

The GSR represents the interests of the student and should not have a primary appointment in the advisors’s home department, nor be part of the Neuroscience list in Graduate Faculty Locator. The GSR must attend the General Exam and Final Exam, but is not required to attend the  annual Supervisory Committee Meetings, although he or she should be invited.

It is suggested that the Committee contain at least four (4) members (in addition to the GSR) to avoid having to cancel the General Exam if a committee member cannot attend.

While it is not always possible to have all of the Supervisory Committee members attend each annual meeting, the following are Graduate School requirements:

  • Your advisor(s) attend your General Exam and Final Exam.
  • Your GSR attend your General Exam and Final Exam.
  • The Supervisory Committee must be appointed at least one (1) month before the warrant (request to schedule the exam) is submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Contact the Neuroscience Program Office to request Director and Graduate School approval for your Committee.

To verify faculty eligibility for Supervisory Committees, use the Graduate School Faculty Locator.

The Faculty Locator tells you who INELIGABALE to be your GSR on your Sup. Committee.

Do this to find out who can be on your committee:

  1. Do a search for faculty members last name
  2. Scroll down to appointments
  3. If “Interdisciplinary faculty appt in Neuroscience” is listed in the search, they are NOT eligible to be your GSR.