It should also indicate whether IRB approval (Institutional Review Board; for research involving human subjects) and/or IACUC approval (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; for research involving vertebrate animals) will be required and, if so, from which institutions.The research description should be no longer than 100 words.Committees of five members are possible, but more than five is unwieldy.] Beginning in the third year of registration, a student must meet with his or her DAC at least once during Fall and Spring terms.
At least one member of this committee must be eligible to serve as the DAC Chair.
The form should also confirm the Dissertation Advisor and general area of dissertation research.
The role of the committee is to offer advice in formulating the research.
It is recognized that the research direction may change in the process of developing a formal dissertation proposal.
At least two members of the DAC must be formally affiliated with the SHBT program; at least one member must be affiliated with the Program in order to provide an outside perspective.
Students are required to identify two tentative DAC members by the beginning of the third year of registration, and to declare a final DAC by the end of the third year of registration.
The Dissertation Advisor is responsible for overseeing the student's dissertation project, providing a supportive research environment, and mentoring the student.
The Dissertation Advisor is chosen by the student and must be a faculty member of Harvard University or MIT.
If so, updated forms should be submitted with the revised information.
The Letter of Intent proposes a general area of dissertation research and a Dissertation Advisor.