The student is responsible for scheduling the first meeting with his/her Special Committee a maximum of 3 months after successfully passing the ACE examination and he/she must have at least one meeting per year after that in order to remain in good academic standing. The number of meetings per year is often greater than one, depending on the student's research needs and progress.
For each Thesis advisory meeting the student should prepare an outline according to our guidelines (click on the link at the right) or write a 2 page description of their research in advance of their committee meeting, which MUST be distributed to their committee by email the day prior to the scheduled meeting. (If this is not distributed the day before the meeting, the meeting may be cancelled by faculty.) This document should include goals, hypotheses and progress to date.
At the thesis advisory committee meetings, the student will present the research he/she has have accomplished, the research they are currently pursuing, and a plan for their future research will be discussed and agreed upon. Only limited background information (2 powerpoint slides) on the project should be given so that the focus is on future plans.
The thesis advisory committee chair, (one of the faculty members), then documents the faculty members' recommendations in a written report that is also signed by the student. The Thesis advisory committee consists of your thesis advisor and two other faculty members; all faculty members must be faculty in the Weill Cornell Grad School of Biomedical Sciences. At least one faculty member of your thesis advisory committee must be a faculty member in the Pharmacology PhD Program.