Seminar Presentation and Defense
All students are required to present a seminar to the marine science faculty, staff and students on their thesis or dissertation research. The seminar is open to any interested individuals and will be advertised by the SMS Registrar in the Academic Studies Digest and on the VIMS Internal Events calendar.
Immediately following the seminar, students will undergo an oral examination, the defense of his or her thesis or dissertation, by the student's Advisory Committee. The defense will be chaired and administered by a moderator who is not a member of the student's committee. SMS policy prohibits audio or video recording of exams and defenses, although exceptions may be made for students with documented disabilities.
The SMS Registrar will compile the milestone forms to be signed at the defense at least one business day prior to the defense date. Hard copies of the forms will be printed and made available for pickup by the moderator or faculty advisor from the SMS Registrar's office. Electronic files will be shared with the moderator and faculty advisor via Box if electronic files are needed for external committee members.