The Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) should preferably be formed within 2 months after the nomination of supervisor for PhD candidates.
Members of this Committee will be appointed by the Chair of the CSI Graduate Program Academic Committee (GPAC). TAC Members need not be restricted only to staff members of CSI. Staff members and investigators from national Research Institutes/Centers and other faculties within NUS may be included.
Composition of the TAC
Supervisor + 2 Members
At most, one co-supervisor can be a member of the TAC. The other must not be involved with supervision of the student.
Roles of the TAC
The TAC is responsible for monitoring the student’s research progress. The Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s) will continue to be responsible for completing the biannual progress report that is submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The TAC will keep its own report and submit a copy to the GPAC.
- The TAC members will select a Chairman among themselves. The Chairman should not be the Supervisor or Co-Supervisor. It is the responsibility of the Chairman to chair all meetings of the TAC and communicate decisions of the TAC to the GPAC.
- The supervisor is responsible for calling the TAC meeting with the students. At least 3 TAC meetings should be held over the period of four years. The outcome of these meetings can be incorporated into the student’s biannual progress reports in February and September each year. At least 2 TAC members must be present at each meeting with the student.
- According to the TAC reports submitted and/or feedback from TAC members and supervisor(s), GPAC may advise student to conduct more TAC meetings, if necessary.
- It is compulsory to hold a TAC meeting with at least 2 members present, within three months before the student is due to submit his/her PhD Qualifying Examination (PQE) Report and his/her PhD thesis. This is to ensure that the TAC has adequately reviewed the student’s progress and that there is sufficient time for the student to make amendments/revision before actual submission.
- Before the meeting, the student will have to submit a report. The first report should have an introduction with the aims of the project, proposed methodology and any preliminary results that are available. Subsequent reports should include a summary of results obtained and any new results since the last report with a discussion on the significance of the new results. TAC is present.
- At the end of the meeting, the TAC will make recommendations for further work where appropriate.
- The TAC will complete a brief report of the meeting for its own reference which is copied to the GPAC.
The supervisor(s) will still be responsible for ensuring that the candidate is eligible for upgrading before putting the candidate up for the PhD Qualifying Examination.