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Thesis Advisor and Thesis Committee Selection

All forms are available online and should be submitted to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee’s signature.

  1. Temporary Advisor. Upon entering the program, the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee acts as the student's temporary advisor until a thesis advisor has been obtained. In most cases, the Chair will not assist the student with course selection; rather, he or she will direct the student to a Russ College faculty member with similar research interests for advice on course selection. The student should understand that giving such advice does not mean that the faculty member has agreed to serve as the student’s thesis advisor. Typically, this faculty member will aid the student in course selection for only one semester.

  2. Thesis Advisor. The thesis advisor is a faculty member in the student's field of interest who will serve as the thesis research advisor and plan a program of study. The student must select a faculty member who is willing to serve as his or her thesis advisor by no later than the first week of the second semester. The Tentative M.S. Course of Study form must be submitted by no later than the eighth week of the second semester and must be signed by the advisor and the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee.

  3. Thesis Committee. The student's thesis examining committee is chosen in consultation with the thesis advisor.  The thesis committee must be established by no later than the eighth week of the second semester. The student thesis advisory committee shall consist of a minimum of four faculty members. Three of these must be members of the BME faculty, including the chair/advisor. Two committee members must be members of the Russ College and hold associate graduate or graduate faculty status. One of the members must be from outside the Russ College and hold associate or full graduate faculty status in his or her College. The committee member from outside the Russ College is appointed by the College at the request of the student. The student makes the request by submitting the Russ College thesis committee information and approval form to the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee. This form must be submitted by no later than the eighth week of the second semester.


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Russ College of Engineering and Technology
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