The student's supervisory committee must approve the research activities
associated with a dissertation. These activities must be performed
under the direct and continuing supervision of the supervisory committee chair.
If the proposed research involves the use of human subjects, animals or
radioactive materials, the student and the research adviser must obtain
prior written approval of the proposed research by the appropriate
Institutional Review Board, the Animal Care and Use Committee or the Radiation
For the approval process, the Ph.D. candidate must submit a brief dissertation
research proposal. The dissertation proposal shall include the following:
This proposal must be approved in writing by all
members of the student's supervisory committee and filed with the
School of Graduate Studies. It is in the best interest of the Ph.D.
student to complete the approval
process of the dissertation research proposal before significant
made on the completion of the dissertation. Any important changes in
the research outlined in the proposal must be approved by the
- An abstract.
- A statement regarding the general purpose of the research.
- Background information, including a review of the relevant
the rationale for the research and a concise statement of the
hypotheses to be investigated and/or the research questions to be
- Appropriate protocol or application if human subjects, animals or
radioactive materials are to be used in the research.