Students should formalize, no later than the end of the second semester, their Thesis Advisor and Thesis Committee members. Completion of the thesis track is contingent upon identification of a suitable Thesis Advisor. Applicants who intend to pursue this track are strongly encouraged to contact faculty in their field of specialization during the application process to secure a Thesis Advisor. Once a faculty member has agreed to act as a Thesis Advisor, the student will submit a detailed Research and/or Course Plan (the Program of Study) to a Thesis Committee consisting of at least three faculty including the Thesis Advisor; at least two Committee members must be Environmental Studies faculty. The Thesis Committee guides students through their course of study and their research. The Committee will advise the student on the acceptability of the Program of Study and will decide on any further steps to be taken in shaping the thesis research project. Students are expected to maintain an active discourse with, and seek advice from, their Committee. Committee meetings should be scheduled by the student or Thesis Advisor as specific problems or accumulated research demands.
Many advisers want the first draft of a thesis that you give to them to be complete: ., it includes all of the chapters and other required sections plus all the tables, figures and plates. The first draft should also be well written, and largely free of grammatical and spelling mistakes. Some faculty will refuse to read a draft that does not meet these criteria! If you are having problems writing the prose, you might consider consulting a counselor at the university's writing center.