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  1. Has your committee membership changed since you advanced to candidacy? 
    1. Check your committee membership here. If it is correct, skip to number 2. If it is not correct, learn how to change your committee membership below. 
    2. If so, you need to submit a request to the Graduate School to formally change your committee membership. Email the Graduate Coordinator to use the DocuSign version of this form. Resolving this change is not required before you propose, but must be completed at least 30 days before you defend. It is a good idea to submit this form as soon as committee membership changes occur. Learn more about committee changes here.
  2. Meet with your supervisor. 
    1. Discuss your plan to propose and your supervisor's requirements, if any, in preparation for your proposal. Create one slide as part of the presentation that focuses solely on professional development. Include your earlier plans when you entered the PhD program (IDP from your qualifying exam), challenges you have faced and overcome, what steps you have taken to achieve your professional goals, and your current plans as a result. Discuss this slide and have your supervisor review it prior to the proposal.
  3. Complete and print the Program of Work form
    1. Once your supervisor has signed this form, provide it to the Graduate Coordinator for review and placement in your student file.
  4. Arrange a date to give your dissertation proposal. 
    1. This process takes time because all of the committee members should be present. You may use the BME Room Reservation system to reserve space for your proposal.
    2. Required committee participation is set to N-1, meaning one committee member may be absent. Members may participate virtually. If you are in the process of changing your committee, your new committee members should attend your proposal, even if you have not formally updated your committee with the Graduate School.
  5. Notify the BME Graduate Coordinator of the date, time, and location of your proposal.
  6. Submit your written proposal to your committee at least two weeks in advance of your oral presentation. 
  7. Complete the BME Dissertation Proposal form in preparation for all members of your committee to sign at your proposal. 
    1. To use the DocuSign version of the proposal form, please email the Graduate Coordinator and include a list of your committee members and their email addresses. We recommend completing the DocuSign version on the day of your exam, shortly before the exam begins.
  8. Learning Outcomes Forms will be circulated to your committee by the Graduate Coordinator via DocuSign, if advanced notice of your proposal was given. If you have notified the Graduate Coordinator of your proposal date and time, the forms will be launched on the day of your proposal. If needed, the paper version of the form is available here.