Schedule your defense, and meet with your committee for the review. Once you successfully defend your proposal, it serves as a aquot;contractaquot; between you and your committee, in which you agree to carry out the proposed study as described and ... Start by creating tables in the editorial style youa#39;re required to use. ... Revise the proposal into dissertation format. ... Youa#39;ll probably want to prepare AV materials to guide you through your initial presentation (before the tough questions start).