After a student passes the second-year candidacy exam, a faculty committee known as the thesis review committee will be appointed to review periodically the student's progress.
Usually, the thesis review committee will include members of the candidacy committee, and will be appointed by the option representative based upon the student's recommendations.
This committee will meet with the student before fall registration each year, either as a group or individually, to review progress, suggest improvements in research, etc. In order to expedite the review, the student should submit a two or three-page concise outline of progress and of proposed future research to each member of his or her committee before the annual review meeting.
See "Thesis Review Committee" on page 3 of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Studies Guide (PDF) for details.