Procedures and Deadlines
- Before the final semester, preferably when the degree plan is submitted, students should meet with the Graduate Advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies in order to make decisions about who will serve on the three-person portfolio committee.
- The projects that are to be included in the portfolio should not be revised. They should be included with whatever comments, markings, and grades that the professors made when the projects were originally returned to the students. Papers written in collaboration with other students are not acceptable.
- Students should complete their portfolios and submit them to their committee members at least three weeks before the date on which the students have scheduled their formal meeting with their committees.
- The formal meeting with the committee must take place no later than one week before the last day to report the results to the Graduate School for the semester in which the student intends to graduate (see the official calendar for exact dates).
- A student who fails to give satisfactory answers to the committee's questions about the portfolio at the formal meeting or who submits a portfolio that the committee judges to be unsatisfactory will have his or her graduation postponed until the student is able to submit a satisfactory portfolio and respond appropriately to questions from the committee.
- The chair of the portfolio review committee must submit a report on the outcome of the formal meeting to the Graduate Advisor of Interdisciplinary Studies no later than one week after the meeting, or before the last day to report the results to the Graduate School. The report will indicate whether the student's portfolio was satisfactory or unsatisfactory.