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The Special Committee

For research degrees, most fields of study have no core course requirements. Instead, students pick a group of faculty members to work with during their coursework and research. These faculty members comprise the “Special Committee” and will guide students throughout their graduate study. The advisor, also known as the committee chair, works closely with students to make sure they meet their academic objectives. 

While the committee chair must be a member of the student’s special committee, committee members can be drawn from nearly 1800 graduate faculty. Cornell encourages graduate students to form a committee whose members cross disciplines.