A Progressions Committee will monitor each student until they reach candidacy. During the first year the committee will solicit feedback from course coordinators and rotation research supervisors. At the end of each rotation the committee will meet individually with each student to provide guidance and review their progress. In the second and following years the committee will coordinate with the student’s chosen dissertation advisor to track their progress until the student enters into PhD candidacy.
During the period between the qualifying exam and entry into PhD candidacy each student and advisor will develop Individual Development Plans (IDPs) modeled around NIH guidelines. This includes developing a mentoring plan that assesses the needs and goals of each student, describes short and long term career objectives, and identifies professional development activities needed to reach them.
Once a student has passed the qualifying exam they will form their dissertation committee then enter in PhD candidacy. At this point advising and monitoring will be conducted by the dissertation committee through yearly progress report meetings.