Photo Credits

Header photo (right):
Credit: Laura Lartigue, Courtesy of Photoshare
Caption: The International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), an USAID-sponsored non-governmental organization is bringing citizens into the political dialogue through a nationwide civil society strengthening program. In this photo, taken in Bokariah village, Guinea, an IFES field agent explains to villagers how their tax money can be used to pay for community projects, like the construction of bridges or schools. Bokariah, Guinea.

Header photo (left):
Credit: © 2007 Sudipto Das, Courtesy of Photoshare
Caption: A farmer and his family members plow the land in a village in West Midnapore, West Bengal, India

Dissertation and Defense

The student will complete a draft of their dissertation in consultation with the committee. With the addition of two more faculty members, the committee will administer the student's final dissertation defense. The full committee of five members must represent at least three different departments or schools (departments with joint graduate faculties, i.e., Sociology/Rural Sociology or Economics/Agricultural & Applied Economics, are considered one department) and all three disciplines of the student's Program of Study. A draft of the full dissertation should be given to each committee member at least fourteen days before the defense.

It is the student's responsibility to arrange a date with the committee for the defense of the dissertation. At least three weeks before the defense, upon receiving notice from the advisor, the Program Office will submit the defense warrant request to the Graduate School. Upon successful completion of the defense and dissertation, the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School and the student is permitted to graduate from the University of Wisconsin.

The student should refer to "A Guide to Preparing Your Doctoral Dissertation" and "Deadlines, Defending, Depositing Your Ph.D. Dissertation" published by the Graduate School.