Your advisor will help you choose faculty members who, along with your advisor, will serve on your advisory committee. The primary responsibility of this committee is to serve as your research paper committee. In addition, in cases of conflict between the graduate student and advisor, the advisory committee often is asked to arbitrate. All of these duties are discharged thoughtfully, with the student’s best interest in mind. Committees consist of three people; your advisor/major professor, one other HDFS faculty member, and a third HDFS faculty member OR an “outside” faculty member who may or may not be in the BHS department at PNW. After determining your chair/advisor/major professor, you will work together to put together your committee. After working with your chair on your research proposal and receiving permission from your advisor, you will propose your work to your committee for feedback and revisions before conducting your research. You will work closely with your chair throughout the research process and s/he will determine when you are ready to defend your work to the entire committee for the final degree requirement. See the HDFS MS website for links to the rubrics used for the proposal for proposal expectations.
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