When is the Deadline for Depositing the Thesis? Susan has separated the myth from the fact.
As an example of the distinction, in a copy manuscript tables and figures are placed near the end of the document. In a final manuscript they are put near the point where they are first mentioned. Susan, Our preference is that tables and figures be embedded in the thesis, not in an appendix, as this makes it much easier for the reader to view the information in context. My recollection is that all but one or two of the theses recently submitted have followed this practice.
Then the final copy goes to the Department Chair. Currently there is a new handbook being prepared for the doctoral students in clinical health psychology. Who can serve on a thesis committee? The chair and two other members of the committee must be members of the graduate faculty, full or associate. A fourth member can be a graduate teaching faculty member who has been certified by the unit head.
For more details on this, consult the document Thesis Committee Membership. The proposal will be submitted to the committee members at least 7 calendar days prior to the proposal defense. The committee will decide whether or not to approve the student’s proposal.
A student should not begin data collection or analysis until the thesis committee has approved the thesis. If you are using human participants in your research, you are required to obtain IRB approval for the research prior to collecting data. Check my IRB Tips for Psychology Students page. Following the proposal, completion of the thesis itself usually takes at least one semester. During that period, the student is responsible for keeping the thesis chair informed on his or her progress and, if necessary, should discuss the thesis with any of the other committee members.