Each student has to have a thesis comittee, to be chosen after the rotation period. This consists of three members of the IMPRS faculty, whereby one member could be a postdoc from a lab of the faculty. The thesis advisor is one member, the two other members come from other research groups, whereby only one can be from the same institution. Participation of an additional external member is possible. The committee meets at least once per year, starting within the first six months of commencing the thesis project. The student will provide a written report before the meeting and present his/her plans and results during a 30min presentation, followed by a discussion. The thesis committee will make suggestions for participating in specific teaching modules that should complement the skills of the candidate.