Each graduate sequence has a thesis and non-thesis option. Here are the steps that thesis-option students should follow for their thesis proposal.
The thesis proposal, including the title, literature review, objectives, hypotheses, methodology, and experimental design must be approved by the student's thesis committee at the proposal presentation meeting. The Thesis Proposal Approval Form should be completed after the successful proposal presentation meeting and submitted and approved by the Graduate School before a student is admitted to candidacy to embark on thesis research.
Institutional policy also requires that all research proposals involving human subjects be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research proposals involving animals must be reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Research proposals involving biohazards must be reviewed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
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