Graduate Program in Orthodontics

Graduate Program in Orthodontics

Description

The Department of Orthodontics at the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is committed to the concept of excellence in graduate Orthodontic education. The achievement of excellence demands, in part, a balanced program consisting of advanced instruction in diagnosis and treatment planning, clinical treatment, and the psychological and biological aspects of human growth and development. The fulfillment of such a concept also demands a dynamic and dedicated faculty, as well as a variety of active affiliations with medical and dental diagnostic and treatment centers in the metropolitan Detroit area.

It is our belief that the development of scientific attitudes, of inquiring minds, and of professional curiosity is every bit as important as the development of technical skill and craftsmanship. Put differently, we are dedicated to the task of producing not only a competent orthodontic specialist, but also a professional person and long-term self-learner.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Director of Graduate Orthodontics Program

Riyad Al-Qawasmi B.D.S., M.S.D., FRCDC, Ph.D.

ortho@udmercy.edu

 

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    Clinical and Research Affiliations

    The program maintains a number of active affiliations with neighboring institutions in order to provide a broader scope and more in-depth exposure to both clinical and research procedures.

    Hospitals

    For example, the program maintains active affiliations with Beaumont Hospitals and coordinates with Children's Hospital of Michigan.  The affiliation with Beaumont provides in-depth exposure in diagnosis and treatment for patients with facial anomalies, including cleft lip and palate.  Coordination with Children's provides a referral source for cleft lip and palate patients who need orthodontic treatment.

    Research

    A number of student research projects have been conducted in jointly with various divisions within the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.  Some research projects are conducted in collaboration with private practices of alumni and other experts.

    Associations

    In addition to the clinical and research experiences outlined above, graduate students participate in program presentations and scientific exhibits at a number of regional and national orthodontic meetings such as those held by the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists.

     

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    The Orthodontic Clinic Experience

    Clinical Teaching

    The Graduate Orthodontic Clinic is in operation five days every week. During this time, five separate and distinct "Clinical Teaching Teams", functioning one-half day each week, instruct the graduate students in variously modified approaches to treatment utilizing the edgewise mechanism. The students also spend approximately four half-days each week in specialty clinics, staffed by additional "Teaching Teams": the Mixed Dentition and TMJ (semesters 1-4 only) clinics operate alternate half days each week. The Advanced Orthodontic Clinics meets one half-day per week in the second year.

    Immediate Hand-on Experience

    Since it is the philosophy of the Department of Orthodontics to expose the student to as many varied clinical experiences as is both possible and practical, his or her clinical exposure is both extensive and immediate. Almost immediately after his or her arrival into the program, each student begins treatment for approximately 35 patients in need of comprehensive therapy. In the first year, he or she will have also begun treatment for approximately three Orthognathic Surgery cases, 10 Mixed Dentition cases, and three TMJ cases. Therefore, each student will be directly exposed to and responsible for the treatment of about 53 active treatment patients during the first year of the training program. In addition, approximately 25 transfer patients and 55 retention patients will be assigned in the second year. These patients are carefully screened and selected from the many orthodontic examinations that are conducted each year.

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    Orthodontics Application and Admission Policies

    U.S. and Canadian Applicants

    Please follow the admissions steps as described below in order to be considered as a candidate for the Graduate Orthodontics Program at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry:

    For application questions, please contact Lisa Wyrick at wyricklm@udmercy.edu or 313-494-6651.

    For program questions, please contact P.J. Baker at ortho@udmercy.edu or 313-494-6606.

    • Application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service program (PASS). On the PASS website is a connecting link to the University of Detroit Mercy’s graduate Orthodontic program.
      • Applications for admissions to the Orthodontic program will be available starting in May.
      • The application MUST be completed and returned to PASS no later than September 1st of the year preceding your desired registration.
      • The completed PASS application should include all documents requested by PASS.
    • Applicants MUST sign up with the National Match to receive a MATCH number.
    • Pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 or the new Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE)
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) are accepted, but not required. If taken, scores may be submitted in support of the application.
    • After starting the PASS application process, send the REQUIRED two additional materials listed here by September 1st to the address listed below*
      • $75.00 application fee paid directly to: Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Graduate Orthodontic Program. Include your name and PASS ID number.
      • A 2”X2” passport size photograph with name and PASS ID number on the back

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
    Graduate Orthodontics Program--Admissions
    2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48208-2576

    *Failure to include these required materials will result in application rejection

    After preliminary screening, those candidates being considered for admission will be notified of a required interview appointment with members of the Graduate Orthodontic Admissions Committee. These interviews will be scheduled in late October to early November. Five students are accepted into the graduate program per academic year**.

    Upon notification of the National Match results in December and acceptance into the program, a non-refundable $1,500 deposit is required. During the period between January and July prior to the beginning of the formal program, each accepted student will be sent some preparatory materials, a reading list, and instructions so that he or she may be better prepared to begin their intensive training in Orthodontics.

    **Admission to the graduate Orthodontics program for all applicants graduating from ADA accredited U.S. or Canadian dental schools is based on academic credentials as well as other appropriate credentials requested by PASS and the postgraduate Orthodontic program. Candidates are not judged on race, religion, or national origin.

    Foreign Dental School Applicants

    At the present time all individuals in foreign countries may apply. All foreign applicants must complete the following exams to be considered as a candidate for the Graduate Orthodontic Program at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry:

    • Completion of the TOEFL test
      • Graduates of foreign dental schools must demonstrate competence in the English language.
      • Non-native English speakers are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based examination, 250 on the computer-based examination or 100 on the internet-based examination.
    •  Pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 or the new Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDDE).
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) are accepted, but not required. If taken, they may be submitted in support of the application.
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    Orthodontics Program Fees and Expenses

    The following chart shows the estimated cost of two years of study leading to the MS degree in Orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

    First Year

    Tuition $86,500.00
    Dental Health Insurance $2,846.00
    Books, instruments, equipment & camera* $3750
    School Fees $646.00
    Instrument Rental $7,000.00
    Total $100,742.00
    Minus Tuition Deposit -$1,500
    Estimated Total $99,242

    Second Year

    Tuition $86,500.00
    School Fees $600.00
    Dental Health Insurance $2,846.00
    Instrument Rental $7,000.00
    Total $96,946.00

    *Includes a 35mm digital camera capable of taking intraoral color photographs

    All post-graduate students must have health insurance coverage or must enroll in the University plan provided through Aetna Health Insurance Policy; for the Waive/Enroll process go to: www.aetnastudenthealth.com.  Fees are subject to change without notice. It is anticipated that the costs of tuition and books will increase commensurate with inflation, budget needs, or similar affecting factors. Current costs are available upon request.

    It is not possible for our full-time graduate students to work outside of the graduate program while enrolled. Such outside activity would seriously compromise the educational experience and the fulfillment of responsibilities to the patients and the division of Orthodontics.

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    Orthodontics Curriculum

    The primary purpose of this program is to prepare the dentist for the clinical practice of orthodontics while providing insight into the scientific basis of orthodontics. It is designed to cover two calendar years, which includes six terms, two of them being summer sessions. The program runs from the last week of June to June 30th two years later. The program combines a basic science foundation with clinical and psychological training relevant to treatment.

    Special instructions are given in functional rehabilitation for adult and juvenile dentition, diagnosis, treatment planning and associated appliance therapy. Emphasis will be placed upon the function of the neuromuscular system and the temporomandibular joint as affected by the teeth and facial pattern. Special opportunity is provided to work with cleft lip and palate patients as well as individuals exhibiting other facial anomalies.

    The major portion of the course material in orthodontics is presented by lecture, seminar and conference instruction. Clinical lectures and seminars are supplemented and emphasized by correction of malocclusions in the Orthodontic Clinic. The principal appliance mechanism used in the clinic is the edgewise appliance. Guest lectures are presented throughout the first and second years to acquaint the student with other areas of research and therapy related to orthodontics. Research by the graduate will permit the investigation of problems in almost any area of student interest.

    The degree of Master of Science will be granted by Detroit Mercy upon the satisfactory completion of all requirements, which include a minimum of 46 credit hours, the satisfactory defense of the student's research results, and the completion of the research paper.

    Required Courses Include:

    • Orthodontic Technique
    • Cranio-facial Growth and Development
    • Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic
    • Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic
    • Oral Physiology
    • Research Project
    • Dento-facial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic
    • TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic
    • Physiology and Pharmaco-therapeutics
    • Microbiology and Asepsis
    • Cleft Lip and Palate Seminar and Clinic
    • Biomechanics and Biomaterials
    • Research Methodology and Biostatistics
    • Craniofacial Pathology and Genetics
    • Literature Review
    • Cephalometrics
    • Orthodontics/Periodontics Seminar and Clinic
    • Practice Management
    • Ethics and Jurisprudence

    For course descriptions, click here.

    Curriculum

    ORTHODONTICS POST-GRADUATE CURRICULUM

    Two-year curriculum: June 26 to June 30 of second year                                                                  

     

    Orthodontics SUMMER TERM First Year (5 wks) - Preclinical Orientation

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DBS 5010

    Head & Neck Anatomy

    M. Ahmad

    2

    DOD 5000

    Orthodontic Technique

    R. Al-Qawasmi, H. Kang

    6

    DOD 5100

    Roentgenographic Cephalometrics

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DOD 5140

    Physiology of Bone & Tooth Movement

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5780

    Biomechanics

    M. Siddiqi/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    TOTALS

    12

     

    Orthodontics FALL TERM First Year

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DBS 5130

    Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

    T. Dadul

    DEF

    DBS 5170

    Oral Pathology

    J. Ojha 

    3

    DOD 5010

    Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    7

    DOD 5210

    Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/ H. Kang

    2.5

    DOD 5131

    Retention Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5310

    TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic

    F. Plaza Villegas

    1

    DOD 5380

    Journal Club

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5432

    Advanced 3D Orthodontics and Clear Aligners Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

     1.5

    DOD 5510

    Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/ H. Kang

    1.5

    DOD 5630

    Speech Physiology and Pathology

    K. Nolan/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5710

    Craniofacial Growth and Development

    F. Plaza Villegas

    1

    DOD 5771

    Sleep Medicine Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5831

    Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Seminar

    J. Spolyar/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5910

    Basic Research Methodology

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5990

    Physiology and Pharmacotherapeutics

    R. Al-Qawasmi

     0.5

    TOTALS

    24




    Orthodontics WINTER TERM First Year

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DBS 5130

    Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

    J. Geist/T. Dadul

    2

    DSD 5111

    Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    P. Zarkowski

    1

    DOD 5120

    Literature Review

    E. El Naghy

    1

    DOD 5020

    Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    7

    DOD 5132

    Retention Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5220

    Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/ H. Kang

    2.5

    DOD 5320

    TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic

    F. Plaza Villegas

    1

    DOD 5390

    Journal Club

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5440

    Human Development

    R. Al-Qawasmi/M. Hasanin

    1

    DOD 5442

    Advanced 3D Orthodontics and Clear Aligners Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5520

    Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    1.5

    DBS 5720

    Microbiology and Asepsis

    E. Krukonis

    2

    DOD 5920

    Basic Research Methods Biostatistics

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5930

    Research Project

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5832

    Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DOD 5772

    Sleep Medicine Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DRD 5000

    Graduate Dental Materials

    R. Pacheco

    1

    TOTALS

    26.5

     

    Orthodontics SPRING/SUMMER TERM First Year

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DOD 5030

    Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    7

    DOD 5133 Retention Seminar and Clinic R. Al-Qawasmi 1

    DOD 5230

    Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/  H. Kang

    2.5

    DOD 5330

    TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic

    F. Plaza Villegas

    1

    DOD 5452

    Advanced 3D Orthodontics and Clear Aligners Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5530

    Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    1.5

    DOD 5730 Advanced Orthodontic Clinic R. Al-Qawasmi 1

    DOD 5069

    Orthodontic/Periodontic Seminar and Clinic

    B. Kinaia/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5833

    Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DOD 5930

    Research Project

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5950

    Advanced Orthodontic Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5773

    Sleep Medicine Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5980

    Craniofacial Pathology and Genetics

    F. Khosrow-Shahian/R. AlQawasmi

    1

    TOTALS

    22

     

     

    Orthodontics FALL TERM Second Year

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DOD 5040

    Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    7

    DOD 5070

    Orthodontic/Periodontic Seminar & Clinic

    B. Kinaia/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5134

    Retention Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5240

    Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    2.5

    DOD 5340

    TMJ and Occlusion Seminar and Clinic

    F. Plaza Villegas

    1

    DOD 5463

    Case Analysis & Treatment Planning

    B. Whateley/R. Al-Qawasmi

    0.5

    DOD 5660

    Business of Orthodontics

    J. Backinger/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5462

     

    Advanced 3D Orthodontics and Clear Aligners

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5540

    Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    1.5

    DOD 5740

    Advanced Orthodontic Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5781

    Biomaterials-Biomechanics

    A. Haerian/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5774

    Sleep Medicine Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5834

    Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DOD 5930

    Research Project

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    TOTALS

    22

    Orthodontics WINTER TERM Second Year

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DOD 5050

    Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    7

    DOD 5080

    Orthodontic/Periodontic Seminar and Clinic

    B. Kinaia/R.Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5121

    Literature Review

    H. Kang

    2

    DOD 5135

    Retention Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5151

    Case Analysis & Treatment Planning

    B. Whaely/R. Al-Qawasmi

    0.5

    DOD 5250

    Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/ H. Kang

    2.5

    DOD 5472

     

    Advanced 3D Orthodontics and Clear Aligners

    R.Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5550

    Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V.Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    1.5

    DOD 5640

    Practice Teaching

    F. Plaza Villegas

    2

    DOD 5650

    Table Clinic Preparation

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5750

    Advanced Orthodontics Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5775

    Sleep Medicine Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5930

    Research Project

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    DOD 5835

    Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    DEF

    TOTALS

    24.5

     

    Orthodontics SPRING TERM Second Year

    Course #

     

    Course Title

    Course Director

    Credit Hours

    DOD 5060

    Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    7

    DOD 5090

    Orthodontic/Periodontic Seminar and Clinic

    B. Kinaia/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5136

    Retention Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5260

    Early Treatment Seminar and Clinic

    V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    2.5

    DOD 5482

     

    Advanced 3D Orthodontics and Clear Aligners Seminar and Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5560

    Dentofacial Abnormalities Seminar and Clinic

    V. Pangrazio-Kulbersh/H. Kang

    1.5

    DOD 5760

    Advanced Orthodontics Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5776

    Sleep Medicine Seminar & Clinic

    M. Murphy/R. Al-Qawasmi

    1

    DOD 5836

    Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Seminar & Clinic

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    2

    DOD 5930

    Research Project

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    6

    DOD 5940

    Orthodontic Continuing Education Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    DOD 5951

    Advanced Orthodontic Seminar

    R. Al-Qawasmi

    1.5

    TOTALS

    27.5

     

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    Orthodontics Research Program

    The Research Program

    One of the requirements for the successful completion of the Orthodontic program in the Graduate Department of Orthodontics at University of Detroit Mercy is that you initiate, conduct, and complete an original research project, including a written article for submission to a professional journal. The basis for the requirement stems from the conviction that a research experience can, perhaps better than any other learning experience, develop and/or refine habits of critical thinking and reading. More to the point, in conducting his or her own research a student learns how to ask and address hypothesis-driven questions.  We believe at Detroit Mercy that one of our roles of the prepared graduate from orthodontics is to continue life-long learning.  A large portion of this learning is from scientific journals, so practicing orthodontists must be able to read, comprehend and evaluate this body of literature throughout their lifetimes.

    The Research Project

    Topic Requirements

    The research topic can be, for the most part, of your own choosing. However, the project must meet the generally accepted definition of "original research". In this sense, essays, reviews of the literature, and "state-of-the-art" papers will not be acceptable as fulfilling the research project requirements. The research issue must be one that can be formulated in terms of a research hypothesis and one that is amenable to systematic and scientific investigation, including statistical evaluation of the data. Also, the project should be one that can be completed during your two-year program.

    The director of Research and the Research Committee at the outset must approve all research topics.

    Within the limitations mentioned above, it should be obvious that the topic areas available to you are virtually unlimited. You are not required to pursue a research topic within the area of orthodontics, or even dentistry; nor must the topic necessarily be directly dentally-related. Thus, such diverse fields as acoustics, mechanical engineering, microbiology, neurology, nutrition, ophthalmology, pediatrics, physiology, and speech pathology would be entirely acceptable as areas within which you could perform your research.

    The Research Process

    The department offers two courses whose primary goals are to provide you with sufficient understanding of the elements of the research process to enable you to satisfactorily conduct and complete a research project during your graduate program, to conduct independent research, both now and at any time in your professional life, and to enable you to more effectively analyze and evaluate material in both clinical and research dental literature. The beginning course places considerable emphasis on assisting you in the selection of a research topic, planning the design, and initiating the research. Research interactions are available with a number of divisions within the School of Dentistry and selected private clinical practitioners.

    The Research Paper

    The University of Detroit Mercy Orthodontic program no longer requires the traditional thesis as the written report of your research. In place of the thesis, the program requires that the written report take the form of an article in suitable form for submission to a professional journal. The journal to which you submit your research may be of your own choosing. If you select a target journal at the outset of your research project, the format and style of the written report will adhere to that employed by that particular journal.

    If you do not have a particular journal in mind as you begin your research, the written report will simply follow the format utilized by most professional journals in reporting research results, that is: Introduction, Review of the Literature, Methods and Materials, Results, Discussion, Summary and Conclusions, and References. The program director, the director of Research, and your project advisor will work closely with you during his phase of your project.

    Project Advisor and Review Committee

    In carrying out your research project there are several people who will be available to you for advice and assistance. These include your program director, the director of Research, your project advisor, your Review Committee, and members of the faculty. 

    Project Advisor

    The project advisor generally will be a faculty member of this institution or some affiliated institution, and is the person with whom you will work most closely in terms of advice and guidance throughout the project. In most instances you may select the individual who will serve as your project advisor.

    Review Committee

    Your Review Committee will consist of a minimum of three persons: the program director, the project advisors, and the director of Research.  Additional qualified persons may be asked to serve on the Review Committee by any of the persons previously mentioned, or by you. Such a request need only be relayed to the director or Research, who will make the necessary arrangements.

    Hearings

    At least two "research hearings" will be held. A "preliminary hearing" will be held soon after you have established your research design. It is at this time that any questions, confusions, or apprehensions concerning the research, either on the part of the Review Committee or yourself, should be fully aired.

    The "final hearing" will be held after you have completed your research project and after each member of your Review Committee has received a copy of the final version of your research report. If, for any reason, either you or any member of your Review Committee should wish to convene the committee for an additional hearing, such requests simply may be relayed to the program director who will make the appropriate arrangements. The recommendations of the committee are given to the student immediately following the hearing, who is then responsible for implementing these recommendations.