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Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC) Guidelines
The purpose of the Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC) is to follow the progress of the student, provide advice on the conduct of the dissertation research, and, ultimately, decide when the student is ready to complete the research and write a dissertation.
Each student should form and meet with his/her Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC) as soon as possible after the qualifying exam is completed, but in all cases, by six months following completion of the PQE, and every 12 months thereafter until the beginning of year 5 when meetings should convene once every six months. DMS rules require G5 and higher students to meet every six months.
Role of the Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC)
For the DAC Chair
Decisions on Completion of Dissertation Research
One of the major contributions of the dissertation committee comes in assisting the dissertation advisor and the student in reaching the decision to close off further experimentation and begin writing the dissertation.
Updated April, 2013