The Advisory Committee/Thesis Proposal Meeting Form should be:
POLICY ON THE ADVISEMENT OF GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AND THE APPOINTMENT OF THESIS ADVISORY COMMITTEES
The student must choose a thesis committee in consultation with the major advisor. The committee will consist of a minimum of three (3) graduate faculty members, one of whom must be the chair of the Thesis Advisory Committee and one must be from outside the student’s major department. All committee members must have current graduate faculty status. The committee must be approved by the chair of the department/director and the dean of the school or college. The Committee Membership Form is posted on the Graduate Programs website. If the approved committee membership changes, a new form indicating the proposed new membership must be submitted for approval.
Once the thesis is completed, a Thesis Oral Defense Scheduling Form must be filed with the dean of school or college by the chairperson of the Thesis Advisory Committee; the form is located on The . The application must be filed at least two (2) weeks prior to when the defense is to be held and must be accompanied by certification that the thesis is complete except for revision which may be necessary as a result of the oral defense and of the review of the thesis by the Thesis and Dissertation Editor.
Members of the permanent Thesis Advisory Committees:
The thesis advisory committee is formed by the student in consultation with the thesis advisor. The committee is comprised of at least four faculty, majority of whom are members of the Committee on Cell Physiology. One of the committee members, not the thesis advisor, serves as the procedural chair. The student will meet with the thesis advisory committee annually, more often as the thesis is completed.A written notice of the time and place of the defense of the thesis will be sent by the dean of the school or college to the candidate, each member of the committee, and the faculty at Fayetteville State University. The oral defense is an academic evaluation of the thesis by the committee, and is open to the committee members, university faculty, and approved guests. During the defense, the Thesis Advisory Committee may ask the candidate questions regarding subject matter in the student’s major field. The defense must be at least four (4) weeks before graduation, and a completed must be sent within three (3) days of the defense to the dean of school or college. A student may defend the thesis a maximum of two times. Maximum credit allowed for the thesis is six (6) semester hours.A written thesis and its defense are required for candidates in several master’s degree programs. Students should consult for program requirements for their specific programs. The purpose of the thesis is to provide an experience in scholarship, which will be of enduring value to the student in understanding how new knowledge is developed. The thesis provides tangible evidence of the student’s development as a scholar and especially his or her capacity to discover and effectively communicate research findings. The thesis should also enlarge the body of knowledge in the student’s chosen field. The thesis must represent an original investigation into a subject, which has been approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee and the dean of the student’s school or college. The department chair and the dean of school or college will ensure that Graduate Programs guidelines and policies are adhered to and will signify completion of requirements for the theses.Before a master's student can enroll in thesis hours, a Thesis Advisory Committee Form must be submitted and approved, so the committee is recorded in the student's record in the university system. Also, anytime changes in committee members and/or their roles on the committee occur, a Thesis Advisory Committee Form must be resubmitted and approved.