Most Ph.D. students will be assigned to a graduate adviser. For those who are not, the DGP will serve as an initial adviser and the student will work with them to prepare a rotation schedule and consult with them to identify a major adviser (also known as a “thesis advisor” or “major professor”). Prior to completion of the first year, the student must identify a graduate advisory committee that will meet at least once a year throughout the student’s degree program. The advisory committee will consist of the student’s major professor and at least three additional graduate faculty members, two from the plant biology and one from an outside department. All required committee members must hold appointments within the NC State Graduate School.
Scientists who are not members of the Graduate School faculty (e.g., adjunct faculty, industry scientists) may be appointed as additional members of the advisory committee. Prior to the preliminary exam, the Graduate School will assign a representative to the student’s committee. See the Graduate School Handbook for details.
The student should provide each committee member with the following before each meeting:
- an updated CV,
- a list of courses taken (with grades earned) and planned to be taken,
- a copy of their most recent annual report,
- a written progress report on their dissertation research, and
- be prepared to make a presentation on their research project
For the first committee meeting, the student will discuss his or her long-term goals and preliminary ideas concerning the dissertation research.