Second, working with a panelist is good training in preparing students to work with not only one but a group of superiors who have a say regarding the outcome of the project being worked on. Being able to do so develops humility, patience, and interpersonal skills. Third, a thesis/thesis project is a creative endeavor. Creative input from the panelists should always be welcomed as input from different experts, writers, etc. who see the students thesis/research focus from a fresh angle or perspective.