How do you address a committee member?
You don’t address each member personally (not even if one of them is your uncle), but as part of the committee. To avoid being impersonal, you need to address each member by name, but this would be impractical in a salutation. I prefer “Dear Committee”. “Dear Sirs/Mesdames” strikes me as odd.
How do you thank a dissertation committee member?
Show them that you paid attention by thanking them for the specific roles that they played and the specific ways that they helped you get to the end. Saying something like, thank you for being on my committee, without you I would have had to have somebody else on my committee, isn’t going to endear you to them.
What is a doctoral thesis called?
Major papers presented as the final project for a master’s degree are normally called thesis; and major papers presenting the student’s research towards a doctoral degree are called theses or dissertations. PhD theses are usually over two hundred pages.
What is doctoral defense?
Defense in the context of the dissertating process refers to the presenting, explaining and defending of your ideas. It also includes laying out the rationale behind your choices and decisions, for example, regarding theory selection and research methods.