Supervisory Committee Information

All graduate degrees must have graduate faculty oversee the student’s program of study and progress. For thesis and dissertation degrees, this oversight process is accomplished by a formal committee. Criteria for these committees are listed below based on the degree program.

Master’s Degree Committee Requirements

Timeline of Appointing a Committee

  • Supervisory committee should be established ASAP, but no later the beginning of the second semester and have the first committee meeting in the second semester. If the student takes < 12 credits in the first semester, the deadline is the end of the semester in which 12 credits

Members of the Committee

  • Mentor
  • Two members of the graduate faculty

Forms

Committee members are recommended by the student and mentor and reviewed by the Graduate Coordinator and Department Chair. The form must be signed by each person on the committee, the Graduate Coordinator and Department Chair BEFORE the Graduate Administrator can officially process the supervisory committee online.


Doctoral Degree Committee Requirements

Timeline of Appointing a Committee

  • The committee should be selected between 60 and 90 days after the student’s choice of a major professor, or by the end of the first summer term. The Dean of the Graduate School is an ex-officio member of all Supervisory Committees. Supervisory committees are required to have a minimum of four members. Registration for spring term of the second year will be flagged by the graduate school and it cannot be processed unless this committee has been formed.

Members of the Committee

  • The supervisory committee shall consist of no fewer than 5 members selected from the Graduate Faculty.  At least two different basic science departments are to be represented and your committee should not be composed of all Assistant Professors.  Composition of the Supervisory Committee is as follows:
    • Your mentor will be the committee chair
    • At least 2 additional members from the Biochemistry advanced concentration
    • One external member from the UF Graduate Faculty outside the Biochemistry concentration. (External membership cannot include any faculty member who is a member of the Biochemistry advanced concentration at the time of committee appointment)

Forms

Committee members are recommended by the student and mentor and reviewed by the appropriate BMS Advanced Concentration Director, Basic Science Department Chair, and Associate Dean for Graduate Education. The form must be signed by each person on the committee, the departmental chair for the mentor, the concentration director, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education BEFORE the Graduate Administrator can officially process the supervisory committee online.