THESIS & B-EXAM
(see BMCB Handbook for more details)
DEFENDING A THESIS SUCCESSFULLY REQUIRES AT A MINIMUM THAT THE STUDENT HAS OBTAINED SUFFICIENT DATA TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO AT LEAST ONE RESEARCH PAPER THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED OR PUBLISHED IN A PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL.
IF THE EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT MET, THE THESIS ADVISOR, WITH HELP FROM THE THESIS COMMITTEE, MUST DETERMINE THAT CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE STUDENT'S CONTROL THAT PREVENTED THE STUDENT FROM MEETING THESE EXPECTATIONS.
FINAL THESIS SEMINAR
The final thesis seminar usually is given immediately before or on the same day as the thesis defense, i.e. the “B” exam. However, in some cases students may want to present the thesis seminar up to six months before the B exam, in order to allow input from the special committee about final experiments.
THESIS DEFENSE ("B") EXAM
To schedule the oral defense of the Ph.D. thesis (or “B” exam): at least seven days before the exam you must distribute the thesis to the Special Committee, have the scheduling form signed by all the Special Committee members and the DGS, and present this signed form to the Graduate School. The GFA should also receive a copy of the schedule form at this time along with the title and abstract for the thesis seminar, and a publication list including all manuscripts you have published / submitted / in preparation.
** NOTE: Once the final thesis is submitted and approved, your status as a registered student expires, which also means your stipend and your health insurance will stop. So plan accordingly.
For International students, your F1 visa will also expire. Talk to ISSO about OPT and other visa related issues.