Special Committee Selection

The graduate school states you should have a full committee when starting your 3rd semester. If you do not have your committee selected before your 3rd semester, you will have a hold placed on your registration.

You may submit your special committee online in your student center.

Guidelines for selecting your special committees:

Rules: your committee needs to have at least 2 members:

  • a chair, the main person advising your research
  • a member of a field other than CS, representing an outside minor which you will do.

An example of how your committee should look in Student Center if you choose the minimum of two members:

  • Faculty Member - Role - Concentration
  • Faculty A - Chairman - Systems
  • Faculty B - Minor - Applied Math

*Please do not use the plan "Computer Science", you must use the concentration in which your member represents such as Artificial Intelligence, Systems, etc.

  • 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 2 member committees, which is great! Extra committee members are an extra source of advice, and likely an extra source of recommendations.
  • You may also have members of your committee who are not field members. You need to have 2 who are field members, so a non-field member would be a 3rd. 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.