The student will select three faculty members; one will be the chair, to serve on their thesis committee. There should also be one other faculty member from the department on the committee. One committee member must be from outside the department as required by college bylaws but must have at least a Master’s Degree. All members will be voting members of the committee. This committee will receive and approve the student’s proposal and then supervise the conduct of the students’ research. The thesis committee should be formed around the time of the successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination [NOTE: If required, the research proposal must also be approved by the University’s Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects before any data is collected.] The thesis committee will also certify when the student is ready to defend the thesis. This final thesis defense is formal and must be done before the thesis is accepted. The final draft of the thesis must be in the committee’s hands at least one week before the scheduled defense. The defense can be scheduled NO LATER than 21 days prior to the university’s deadline for submission of the thesis. The thesis must be written in acceptable English, and all members of the committee must indicate acceptance by their signatures. Students must provide each committee member with a copy of their thesis. The student will also be required to give a presentation to the faculty and interested students on their thesis topic.
The Library System
The University of Houston campus libraries include The M.D. Anderson Library (the main library), The Franzheim Architecture Library, The Law Center Library, The Music Library, The Optometry Library, and The Pharmacy Library.
The M.D. Anderson Library houses a balanced collection with particular strength in Science, Engineering, Education, Psychology, and Business. The library is a depository for both United States and Texas State documents. Several large sets of research materials are available on microfilm, such as a collection of Early American Imprints, which includes all books, pamphlets, and magazines published in the United States from 1693-1800.
The M.D. Anderson Library has one of the nation’s most sophisticated computerized card catalogs. The on-line library catalog provides information about the collections of the University Park Libraries, as well as, those at the Clear Lake, Victoria, and Downtown campuses. This system provides the groundwork for the major data base that will support the university’s computer network. The library plans to move toward digitized journal records in scientific areas, providing access to current academic and scientific journals in both hard copy and computer disk format. The library also has a major group of work stations dedicated for student use.
The library also has a very good Interlibrary Loan service, which will allow access to books and hard copies of articles not directly available at the library. The library also has extensive E-Books and journals available on-line. All students should become very familiar with the library and its resources.
The University of Houston has assumed a leadership position in the application of Computer Technology to an educational environment. Its University Computing Center (UCC) provides a broad range of services to aid students and faculty in their research. Through its Academic Computing Services, the center sets up research accounts for graduate students and provides documents explaining local commands, procedures, and software. Academic Computing Services also sponsors free, non-credit seminars to help acquaint users with the University’s computing systems and available software.
The Department has exceptional computer resources for graduate students. Students have access to IBM-Compatible personal computers, and a variety of software for data analysis, mapping, and work processing. The department encourages all students to become computer literate. The computers are set up to be easily accessible for student work, both data analysis and word processing. Most computer needs for the thesis/practicum may be accomplished through the department alone.