But, uh, how do you not know the members of your committee? Isn't your advisor at least on the committee?
Well, this was not my thesis defense, this was a defense of my research proposal prior to submission to the IRB for final approval....before I can even begin collecting data.
This has been a crazy process. I am in the last week of the last course of two + years of research and statistics courses. I started working on forming a committee for this study in August. The university sent out a list of 60 candidates to all of the final-year students. We needed to find three who would serve on our committees, one of which would serve as a "chair person." I exhausted the list, only to discover that they were all maxed out with last years group of graduate students. It took my until January 29 to finally form an adequate committee. Then it took the three committee members until last night to reach a point where they could orally agree to sign off on my study. During this time there has been no feedback to me pertaining to changes or modifications needed for my proposal.
Anyway, it went smoothly, took about 45 minutes, and now there's a 23 page IRB form I need to fill out and send to my chair person for his signature; but at least the ball is back in my court.
FWIW, I started the process of forming a committee before
finishing all of the required course work because I planned on collecting data during this current school year....which is quickly slipping away from me. I will now need to find a way to incorporate Summer vacation into the collection portion of my plan.
Probably PUI. Definitely an كافر