Before preparation of the dissertation is well underway, the student should file an approved prospectus of the proposed research (i.e., dissertation proposal) with the Graduate School. Dissertation proposals are typically developed by the student in close consultation with the major advisor and other members of the advisory committee. The student is expected to orally present the proposed dissertation research in a departmental seminar and should check with the departmental Ph.D. coordinator regarding the timing and specific requirements of the presentation. All members of the advisory committee need to approve the proposal by signing the form mandated by the Graduate School.
Note: Any research conducted involving human participants must have prior approval by the University Institutional Review Board.
found on Graduate School web page at “forms for enrolled doctoral students”