An IMPRS-IS thesis advisory committee (TAC) consists of three or more individuals who agree to help guide an IMPRS-IS scholar’s doctoral research and career development. This group includes a scholar’s primary advisor (and co-advisor, if any).
An IMPRS-IS TAC must also include:
From this selection, at least two of our three institutions must be represented. These three institutions are the University of Stuttgart, University of Tübingen, and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.
Yes, IMPRS-IS scholars may have more than 3 TAC members.
In addition to your primary advisor, seek to find a minimum of two additional IMPRS-IS faculty members to serve on your TAC. A scholar can access a variety of resources to find ideal committee members, such as:
Proper planning increases the likeliness of successfully earning a Ph.D. Therefore, it is required that IMPRS-IS scholars write a Ph.D. abstract and project plan. A scholar may choose to present these documents to an IMPRS-IS faculty member when asking that member to serve on their TAC. Scholars should upload these documents to their ZEBRA profile.
In order for a TAC to be considered official, all committee members must sign the TAC agreement.
Each scholar must meet together with their entire TAC at least three times over the course of their Ph.D. We recommend these meetings take place in months 6-9, 15-18, and 30-33 after the beginning of the Ph.D. project.
The guidelines for an executive summary are as follows:
The final step needed to consider a TAC meeting successful is to submit the executive summary to the IMPRS-IS coordination office. This is done through two simple steps:
1.) A scholar uploads the executive summary, with the TAC meeting form attached, as a PDF to their ZEBRA profile.
2.) The scholar then emails Sara Sorce (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inform the coordination office of this submission.
Remember: A TAC meeting officially counts toward a student's program requirements only after the TAC executive summary and signed meeting form have been submitted.
All needed forms can be found in the TAC procedure pdf below.
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