The DAC has three main missions:
- First and foremost, the DAC is a scientific advisory committee that will provide expert advice on all aspects of the dissertation, extending from experimental paradigms to project feasibility within the time frame of a PhD dissertation and to the scientific impact of the work.
- Second, the DAC will help monitor student progress to ensure that the major objectives and standards (discussed below) for completion of a PhD dissertation are being met in a timely fashion. In this capacity, the DAC determines whether the student’s research meets the program requirements and the student may begin writing the dissertation. In addition to evaluating completed experiments and manuscripts, progress will also be considered with respect to maturity in scientific judgment.