The Plan I program requires a thesis based on original research approved by a thesis committee. Students must complete a total of 27 units of VEN299 Graduate Research.
The Plan I thesis committee consists of the Major Professor and two other faculty suitable to provide research guidance in the scientific area of the thesis topic. The committee is nominated by the Graduate Advisor and appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Plan I students should identify their Major Professor by the end of their first quarter, establish a thesis topic by their second quarter, and commence thesis research during their third quarter of graduate study. The composition of the thesis committee should be discussed with their Graduate Advisor soon thereafter.