BIF-IGS Supervision


‘Thesis Advisory Committee‘ (TAC)

  • The BioInterfaces International Graduate School aims at a close and intensive supervision of the doctoral researcher by their PI.
  • Six months after commencement at latest, the doctoral researcher must propose a “Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)” that consists of at least three senior scientists including the PhD supervisor. At least one of the TAC members should be a PI from a different discipline.
  • The first TAC meeting should be held six months after the doctoral researcher starts. Afterwards it takes place every year as often as is required:
    1st TAC meeting after 6 months
    2nd TAC meeting in the 2nd year
    3rd TAC meeting in the 3rd year or directly before your defense
  • Based on these meetings, the TAC evaluates both the doctoral researcher´s work and the supervision given by the PI, and provides recommendations for future directions.
  • In collaboration with the supervisor, the TAC is responsible for assessing both the suitability of the project as well as monitoring the academic progress of the candidate. The TAC also finally decides when a given project has advanced sufficiently to be submitted as a PhD thesis.