Annual Progress Report instructions

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2022-23 Summary of Steps to Completing Your Annual Progress Report Meeting Requirement

1. Schedule your meeting to take place by May 31, 2023. The IPiB Steering Committee recommends that you schedule 1.5 hours, but a well-prepared and efficiently run meeting should be completed within an hour. If you plan to defend your thesis by August 1, 2023, you may not be required to hold an annual meeting.

2. Reserve a room for your meeting and confirm everything with your committee members. Please see Section 3.10.3 of the 2022-23 IPiB Handbook for minimum committee member attendance. Ultimately, you must meet with all members of your committee, so it is to your advantage to have all your members present at your initial meeting.

3. Let me, Kate Ryan (, know the date of your meeting.

4. Meet with your PI well ahead of your committee meeting to discuss how best to present your progress since your last committee meeting and your plans for the coming year. In general, the written progress report should contain detailed information and the oral report should be a high-level summary. You should ask for feedback on both from your PI before presenting them to your committee.

5. At least two days prior to your meeting, provide each of your committee members with a 2- to 3-page (single-spaced) summary of aims accomplished in the last year and plans for the coming year. Attach a cumulative list of your submitted and published papers, if any.

6. Prepare a maximum 20-minute oral presentation (the actual talk may go longer if the committee asks questions during your presentation) summarizing your progress and plans going forward. A maximum of 20 slides is recommended. Remember to focus on your activities for the past year and plans for the next year.

7. Allow at least 30 minutes for discussion, which may occur during or after your presentation.

8. Toward the end of your meeting, it is appropriate for the PI to leave the room for a few minutes to give the student the opportunity to confer with the other committee members. Likewise, when the PI returns it is appropriate for the student to leave the room for a few minutes.

9. With committee input, your PI completes the Annual Progress Report Meeting form and gathers committee members’ signatures and your signature. Return the completed form to me, and I will scan it and send copies to you and your committee members. Alternatively, you may scan the completed form and send it to your committee members and me. If you plan to hold your meeting virtually, signatures on the Annual Progress Report Meeting form are not required as long as the completed form is emailed to me, and the student and all committee members are copied on the email.