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What do committee members look for when they work with a student?
How are committee members chosen?
What help should students expect from committee members?
Normally, reputable institutions of higher education require that graduate and honors student research be guided and monitored by a committee. The committee typically consists of the chairperson (usually the student's advisor) and an additional number of faculty. Commonly, the thesis committee has three members and the dissertation committee between three and five, depending on the institution regulations. Sometimes, there is a requirement that one committee member be from another department or even from another institution.
The committee serves through the proposal stage until the satisfactory completion of the project. Occasional exceptions require two quite separate committees, with separate functions appropriate to the differences between an overview and a final defense.
The committee provides both guidance and evaluation. It is the most important guardian of the quality of honors and graduate study since