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The graduate school states you should have a full committee when starting your 4th semester. If you do not have your committee selected you will have a hold placed on your registration the following semester.
You may submit your select your special committee online in your student center.
Guidelines for selecting your special committees:
Rules: your committee needs to have at least 3 members:
- a chair, the main person advising your research
- a second CS field member who is not in the immediate area of your advisor
- a member of a field other than CS, representing an outside minor which you will do.
- it is perfectly fine, in fact advisable, to have more than one faculty from the same area on your committee. This will lead to having more than 3 member committees, which is great! Extra committee members are an extra source of advice, and likely an extra source of recommendations.
- Committees can be changed any number of times later - all you need is a signature from everyone on your committee stating that they are OK with the change. Although it becomes a bit more difficult to change your committee after your A exam.
- You may also have members of your committee who are not field members. You need to have 3 who are field members, so a non-field member would be a 4th. You may want to add a Cornell researcher, who is not a field member, or even someone not from Cornell (if you are working with someone long distance). This is called an ad-hoc committee member. Please reach out to me for instructions on how to add an ad hoc member if you decide you would like to do this.