All students are required to conduct an annual Progress Report meeting with their Thesis Committee each year after passing the Preliminary Exam. The Progress meeting must be scheduled by mid-May and completed by the end of August of each consecutive academic year. Any exceptions to this timeline must be approved in advance by the DGS.
This evaluation provides a mechanism for the student to learn about their overall progress towards their degree and to identify areas of strength and weakness in the student’s development as an independent scientist. The Progress Report meeting is also an opportunity for the student to utilize the expertise of their mentoring committee in gaining expert advice toward advancing their career development and research objectives. The Progress Report ensures the student is making satisfactory research progress toward achievement of the PhD.
Requirements to complete
Prior to the Progress Report Meeting:
- Schedule a Progress Report meeting and submit your meeting date via this form.
- Prepare a short oral presentation (approximately 30 min) of research progress.
- Download and complete the top section of the Progress Report Form.
- Be sure to indicate that the yearly Seminar Requirement has been met.
- Provide the Form to your Thesis Advisor at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting.
At the Progress Report meeting:
- Seek your committee’s input about your IDP and career development plans.
- Present an oral report describing the past year’s accomplishments.
- The report will be discussed by you, the Thesis Advisor, and the Thesis Committee.
- Students who may be ready to graduate within the next year must solicit committee input on their proposed graduation timeline, and also determine if an additional mid-year committee meeting to discuss progress is warranted.
- At least three Thesis Committee members must be present and sign the Progress Report Form.
Following the Progress Report meeting:
- Upload the completed and signed “Progress Report Form” to your Box folder.