In consultation with the mentor, the student selects an advisory committee consisting of the mentor (serves as chair) and at least two additional faculty from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The student’s advisory committee includes the major advisor and at least two additional faculty, at least one of which must be from within the microbiology and immunology program. The third committee member may be from within or outside the department. At least one committee member must have a primary appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Each student should meet with his/ her advisory committee at least two times per year.
The advisory committee for combined degree candidates (MD or DDS-MS) must include an appropriate representative from the clinical faculty. It is the responsibility of the advisory committee to counsel the student both in coursework and in research, to determine academic deficiencies and to suggest corrective measures for such deficiencies, including appropriate coursework. The advisory committee also recommends for approval by the graduate school the transfer of academic credits earned at another institution. At each committee meeting, the advisory committee, mentor and trainee should review and approve the student’s educational plan for that year, including the trainees’ laboratory work and attendance at required seminars. Satisfactory completion of a research thesis and oral thesis defense is determined by the advisory committee, ordinarily at the end of two years of studies.