Ask faculty members to serve on your thesis/dissertation committee; seek out one of them to serve as your committee chair. These faculty members will be especially knowledgeable about your research topic and will guide the core of your research. Typically, you’ll work most closely with your committee chair. In order to serve on your committee, the faculty members must hold full or associate graduate faculty status at ISU or be granted a waiver to serve on your committee by the Graduate School. You can identify these faculty members through the Graduate Catalog or by contacting the Graduate School (438-2583). The following criteria must be met when establishing your committee:
Your chair and a majority of the members of the committee must be full members of your department’s graduate faculty;
The other members may be associate graduate faculty from inside or outside your department or even people from outside the university who may bring special and useful expertise to your study;
The majority of members come from the student's department/school;
If any of the above criteria are not met, an exception may be requested from the Graduate School. A vita will be required for any committee member without ISU Graduate Faculty status. You will submit the vita with your proposal approval form to the Graduate School for approval.
The Proposal Approval form will be completed in the next step of the thesis/dissertation process, which officially establishes your thesis/dissertation committee.