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The doctoral dissertation is the document presenting the results of the student’s original investigation in the field of primary interest. It must represent a contribution to knowledge, adequately supported by data, and be written in a manner consistent with the highest standards of scholarship. It is expected that the work described in the thesis be published in research journals and conferences.

The dissertation will be reviewed by all members of the advisory committee and must receive their approval prior to submission to the Graduate School. Students must conform to the Graduate School regulations regarding the dissertation and application for a degree, as described in the Graduate School Handbook at UNC Chapel Hill or NC State. This examination will be open to all members of the Department and will be announced on both campuses by the Chair of the student’s Advisory Committee.