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  1. Hi everybody, I am starting a masters program in the fall and I am wondering if Im having a normal experience for picking a thesis. I have a pretty strong idea of the area Id like to study. Im interested in remote sensing in intertidal areas with an emphasis on understanding the impact of sea level rise. I got into a Marine Science program that has access to a lot of folks doing various work across different aspects of marine science including remote sensing but my advisor is a marine mammal and GIS specialist. For some reason or another, my advisor got the impression that I would be interested in working in wetlands. There is a research team that she is coordinating with that is already doing UAV RS wetland work and she really seems to want me to do research with them. I am interested in the UAV part but really am much more interested in intertidal areas. I will probably go on and do a PhD after my masters but Im wondering what I should do? Should I just do the wetlands project? Its part of a NOAA research study and the funding, resources and support are already there. I would get a lot of support but its not what Im really excited about at this point. Should I stick to my gut and really push to do an intertidal project? Or should I just do the wetlands work and if Im still interested in intertidal areas find a lab for a PhD project that will support intertidal RS. Also, my advisor said she really doesn't recommend people coming into a masters program with plans for a thesis, that they should take a semester or two to see what is even possible before they pick something, so I am willing to admit that I am probably jumping the gun. I also feel like Ive gotten off on the wrong foot with her. I really like this advisor and the program does seem like a good fit otherwise. I do feel a little annoyed that I am being pressured into the wetlands research but I also realize that sometimes for a masters program its more important to just get a project done. Thanks SF in the bay area
  2. Hello everyone! I am about 8 months in to my MPhil program and I am applying for Fall 2018 admission into U.S. Neuroscience Ph.D. programs. I completed my B.S. in the U.S., and I have quite a bit of research experience (~3.5 years), a poster presentation at a international conference and other conferences at my institution, a 2nd author paper and some grants/awards that I was fortunate enough to receive. As for now, I feel like I took on a fairly "big" Master's research project: in terms of work to do and unfamiliarity (for both my PI and myself). It's a little out there, and maybe not considered a "standard" research direction in my field (if that is even a thing). My worry is this: what if I don't have any success from my Master's thesis? My thesis has to be approved etc etc in order for me to graduate, but I was hoping to work towards (at least) a poster presentation. Since I am applying this cycle, I have to talk about my project - which I feel hasn't made much progress! Agh! How much is this a factor in applying to programs? Am I expecting too much from a 2-year research project? Is getting an approved thesis fine or will they expect more (especially considering my undergraduate experience)?? Any comments would be appreciated! Thank you all!
  3. Hi, Context: accepted to two MS degree programs in Biomedical Engineering, waiting on a few more decisions. Questions: One of the programs is asking for a decision by March 13th, giving me two weeks from notification to accept or decline. Is this common? What is the general process for finding a lab in which I would work on my master's thesis? Does this come before or after I accept an offer? I feel like it would make sense to accept an offer based on knowing where I would be conducting research. Is it possible that the labs I'm interested in to fill their research assistantship spots by the time I accept my offer, thus resulting in me attending a school without an opportunity to conduct research I'm interested in? Should I begin contacting faculty I'm interested in working with before or after I accept the offer? Should I contact multiple professors? (I've listed 2 or 3 faculty I'm interested in working with in my application/SoP). I guess overall, how limited is the information available to me prior to accepting an offer of admission regarding funding, research, etc? Hopefully these questions belong in this subforum. Thanks, any input is appreciated.
  4. I'm nearing my last semester of my two year Master's program (anthropology) and I feel like I've barely learned enough to scape by in my field, never mind apply to PhD programs. Unfortunately(/fortunately) I know I am not alone in this feeling, as two other students in my cohort feel the same way and share many of the same frustrations. My advisor is very respected and connected in my field and is available for occasional meetings, however, he offers very, very little direction or concrete guidance, and has actually said to another MA student regarding their thesis to "just get it done," strongly implying to that person not to worry too much about how good it is. This advisor is retiring soon and it is painfully obvious that he has already checked out on the MA students, while most of his PhD students are already 4-5 years into their programs and know what they are doing. I know this from talking to others in the lab and the department. I also have heard from multiple people that this advisor does not actually READ term papers and have been plainly told that it doesn't matter what we write in them because "you'll just get an A." I am happy about getting As, but I'm concerned about the almost total lack of critical feedback that I've come to learn is the department norm. Aside from gripes about the program, my main issue right now is coming up with and executing a worthwhile thesis project with little-to-no guidance for someone who pretty plainly has stated that he just wants it done while I already feel under-confident in my abilities as a student. I really respect my advisor (and hope I've managed to maintain enough anonymity here) and I understand that he has many obligations, but I feel lost and I have pretty much given up on expecting any more guidance. I have been reading as many articles and MA theses as I can in my proposed research area and beyond and I am learning a lot, but I'm struggling with how I can apply what I learn to come up with and do a project on my own. I don't know how to gauge what scope is appropriate, what the limits and possibilities are for resources within and outside the lab, or how to design a project and a thesis proposal. While I don't currently have the confidence that I can come up with something potentially publishable, I really want to produce something that I will at least be comfortable showing my peers or possibly using down the line if I want to apply to PhD programs. I should mention that I'm beyond the point where switching focus or advisors is a possibility and I actually think my advisor is the best option in our department anyway. I feel dissatisfied with my MA experience as a whole and desperately want more training and education, but I also don't feel like I am at all prepared for a PhD program right now and I know my feelings of inadequacy are holding me back. Once I get past the thesis and graduating I intend to continue studying and getting practical experience outside of a formal program, but right now that seems so out of reach. I'm realizing how much I'm going to need to learn and teach myself and it feels daunting. I appreciate any advice or accounts of similar experiences.
  5. Hi everyone I started my masters and my advisor is a young assistant professor. When I contacted her to before application, she said that she had a project while when I came here (another country), she said that we have to find a topic. The problem is she is new to the field and does not help me at all. She expects me to go and find a topic myself. I tried to have meetings at first regularly, but after a couple of meeting that I noticed she does not give a me helpful feedback I stopped. It has been a more than a month now that I havent talked to her. Today I prepared a table of previous studies and wanted her to take a look at it and then we can have a meeting next day, yet she refused to read it and told me to find a hypothesis and write about it and show her the results. Guys, I am not sure that if I am a lazy student, or she really does not do her job as an advisor... Please help me to figure this out.
  6. I am applying to graduate programs (M.A. and M.S.) in clinical and general psychology. However, I noticed that Boston University's M.A. program in general psychology was only a year long (8 courses) and they did not require a thesis. Instead, the program requires a "Directed Study." As I understand it, a directed study is essentially the thesis research without the formal defense at the end. As someone who is using the M.A. as a stepping stone for a PhD, would not doing a thesis hurt my chances of acceptance? Has anyone done a directed study in place of a thesis? General advice and/or testimonials would be great!
  7. Hello! I'm just hopping from different forums. I'm in my second year in Masters in Information Technology. I would like to ask from this international forum if what is the best ideas for capstone project. I'm working in a private school so my on hand data would be all the records of students including grades, schedules, subjects, payments, rooms and other personal information of student as well as the administrative data that works decision making pertaining to tuition fee and student-class room size. I have an intermediate skill in programming, I can code in python and PHP. I'm also a designer that works in graphic and in web. My initial ideas for my capstone is DATA VISUALIZATIONS and ANALYTICS. Our professor require us to submit 3 titles with description. I'll be grateful If you guys do have any ideas, links or other resources that might be helpful accomplishing this project. Gasho, Claro sd
  8. Greetings all, Really just looking for opinions, suggestions, comments, or even just reactions of any sort… For the most part, the undergrad theses are empirical studies applying econometric methods to data. I'm currently trying to think of a nice idea for my thesis - something relevant/significant, novel, or unorthodox to catch attention and ideally win Best Thesis Award. I find the overall theme of "Economics Applied Unto Itself" to be most interesting - things like "the economic value of an economist", "the value of economic knowledge", or "the effect of the development and teaching of the economics discipline on the behavior of the actual economy itself". Obviously those idea themes are too broad and abstract to be topics; I just wanted to mention the inspiration/feel where I'm coming from (in case it happens to be silly/weird). Such broad themes are open to multiple specific interpretations, and I was able to think of a number of them. Below is the one I think (hope) to be the most novel and significant/relevant for something feasible at my level. __________________________________________________ Topic: “Valuing the Economic R&D of the Academe” The basic idea behind this is to estimate a figure for the amount of value economic R&D generates in my university. This is to ideally measure the impact, "productivity", or "efficiency" of the university's economic R&D program in terms of all the costs related to its funding and operation, as well as its outputs and their effects. This can then be set in cross-comparison to the economic R&D of other universities or even the R&D of other disciplines such as engineering and psychology. Doing this would ideally yield an insight into how impactful economic R&D really is, and possibly how it fares in comparison to R&D in other areas. The term ‘R&D’ is most often used in reference to scientific R&D, which yields benefit through innovation and technological change. However, the R&D of the natural sciences isn’t the only kind there is; neither is technological progress the only way R&D can benefit society (e.g. social progress from sociological/psychological R&D). Unfortunatley, there appears to be little economic research done exploring the nature of other kinds of R&D. So what better place to start than with yourself? To me, the significance appears to be quite straightforward. Economists are well known for being highly critical about all kinds of things. Now, via the same objective/empirical tools, it’s time they practice what they preach and turn their critical analysis onto their own line of work as well. While this thesis topic would be treading unfrequented territory with a limited scope, at the very least, it hopes to pioneer future more in-depth and reliable research. With respect to policy implication, I see this perhaps potentially leading to the development of a more refined approach to financing R&D and guiding of its operations to maximize productivity. __________________________________________________ Would you say that this interests you, has potential, or at least makes sense? Have you ever heard of or encountered a study like this before? Any good sources - similar books/studies? Any issues or suggestions of alternative topics/approaches you’d like to raise? Was that all just silly and stupid like I fear it might be? Thank you!
  9. Would it look weird to the adcomm if I have two of my three thesis committee members to write my LORs. The third professor for the LOR I'm thinking of is one I took a class in my MA program. And the third committee member I'm not planning to ask for LOR is not the main advisor but he kind of hated my thesis (topic and everything) so I was wondering if I should still ask him.
  10. After I got told to remove all of the things I thought would be useful have in my MA thesis, the defense question I can't really answer: what good is this thesis. (My answer: not much). The solution, of course, is not going to be to put back what I think belongs there. No. I will have to add small sections of summary and text boxes explaining little things throughout the text. Instead of the useful material, so that the product will turn out to look like some other book the committee admires. The problem is, I don't think such books are useful or good, but apparently that is what the committee has agreed on. And then in the fall I have been asked to take another course and re-address the topic of my thesis, (as I work toward my PhD) because it has potential. Did I mention that I was specifically told to save all the things I had to take out of the thesis? Because I am going to use most of them for this thing in the fall. But I have to make that new product look like some other book series they all admire. A book series that I hate and don't want any part of because I don't think it's good or helpful. My advisor very much wants me to do all this, and wants to do something good for me. My advisor thinks this is the good thing to do. This advisor is usually right, but I just can't see it here. I guess this is my ego getting in the way. And my advisor taught me so much, which is a debt I can't ever repay. So I will probably do all of this and it's eating me alive with the futility of it and the anger. I believe what I am going to produce is utterly bad and crappy. And they are going to love it. But I feel like I am just going to be wasting everyone's time. I need to pull my ego out of this. Any ideas how?
  11. Hello everyone. This is my first time posting in the forum. I just started a MA in political science for spring. My school has a Thesis and a Non-thesis 3 professional with 2 extra classes option. I was all set to choose the thesis option until I finally was able to sit down with my advisor. She really pushed for the non-thesis option. I told her my goal was to pursue a PhD after completing my Masters, but she still insisted on the other option. Then I believe she let out the real reason they push the option. She said that before they started this option they had a low completion rate. To me this means this is why they push it so hard, because she said that three 25 page papers are a lot easier to complete compared to the large project that is a thesis. I really think a thesis would be really beneficial to show PhD programs, along with a good gpa, gre scores, and LORs. My question is which option should I go with? I feel my advisor, being the co-chair of the school, is biased on the matter. I am leaning towards the thesis option. Thank you all in advance!!!
  12. Hello fellow Criminology/Criminal Justice enthusiasts, I am a typical overwhelmed graduate student looking for some help. Since I’ve exhausted most other options, I naturally turned to the internet for guidance. I was in the process of finishing my master’s degree when all progress came to a screeching halt thanks to the program’s thesis requirement. I know this is extremely common, by my situation is a bit unusual in that I’ve had no problem when it comes to the actual writing portion of the project. I had an easy time coming up with hypotheses, procuring data, analyzing it, and writing about the results. The committee member in charge of the project supervised me through the process and he thinks I have a good product. My only problem is that the project requires the approval of three committee members and, for the life of me, I can’t find a second or third committee member. Everyone I ask seems to think it will be a large time commitment which would be understandable if it was a Doctoral dissertation, but since this is a simple research project of 50 – 60 pages with a huge chunk of it already written this should not be the case. And so, I’ve come to this forum hoping to find potential candidates to fill these roles Background on the study: The first hypothesis is simply that there will be a moderate negative correlation between the two variables: 1.State Brady scores (from the Brady Campaigns annual scorecard), and 2. State firearm homicide rates. (i.e. the higher the Brady score, the lower the firearm homicide rate). This hypothesis is based on the literature review which shows inconsistent or inconclusive results with similar studies on state gun laws and firearm homicide. The second hypothesis is much more interesting and insightful. It suggests that when the homicide population is broken into age groups, the correlation between the two variables will be stronger as age increases. Currently, the population is broken into five age groups: 1.) 14-24 years, 2.) 25-34 Years, 3). 35-44 years, 4). 45-54 years, and 5.) >55 years. Therefore, if the second hypothesis is correct then group 5 will have a stronger correlation coefficient than group 4, which will have a stronger coefficient then group 3, etc. Who can be a committee member: The criteria for this is much more flexible than you might think. Since the study is related to criminology, I prefer the committee members be professionals in the field or at least have an advanced degree in the subject or a similar subject. (i.e. a PhD or Master’s degree), however this does not have to be the case. Acceptable committee members could specialize in writing, APA format, data analysis, etc or simply be considered experts in the subject matter. Committee members do not have to do any paperwork or attend a thesis defense. Committee members literally just advise the student until they produce a paper that the members deem acceptable and then sign the final product. If any of you could help or know someone who could help, it would help me immensely. Thank you.
  13. Hi guys, I'm noticing in other threads that a couple of us are working (or pretending to work while checking our email) on theses or a last handful of classes. I was wondering if anyone had some good time management tips that they're using to keep moving forward with their work while waiting to hear back from programs? If you've found a system that works, feel free to share!
  14. Hi everybody, I got a little complicated question, but I'll try to make it as clear as possible. For my thesis I am doing research on the impact of the shifts within GOLD classifications on the quality of life of COPD patients. The dependent variable is the quality of life and the independent variable is the GOLD classification. I only look at the GOLD 2011 and the GOLD 2015 classification, with the GOLD classification as a categorical variable: GOLD A, B, C and D. One of my sub-questions I have difficulties with is: 'To what extent does the quality of life change in the GOLD 2011 and GOLD 2015 classificationgroups from baseline to year 1? I do not know exactly what tests I should run in order to find an answer to this question. What I do know is that the knowledge about the (level of) quality of life within the GOLD classification can be found by running a One Way Independent ANOVA test (if the dependent variable is normally distributed) or Kruskal-Wallis test (if the dependent variable is not normally distributed) with the GOLD 2011 (ABCD) and GOLD 2015 (A BC D). My main research question is 'What is the relation between the quality of life of COPD patiënts and the different GOLD 2015 classificationgroups and in which extent does this differ from the GOLD 2011? Thanks in advance!
  15. Hi everyone, I am doing Bachelor in KAIST Korea, double Majoring in Mathematics and Business management, my graduation is coming in Summer 2017. I'm now gathering information for applying for a Master/ PhD in Applied Mathematics, especially finnacial mathematics, (Stochastic process and Statistics), in the U.S, or Canada/Europe/Austrailia with application period being this 2016 Fall. As being a student doing Double Major, it is not required for me to do a research or graduation thesis, and even if I do, it is hard for me to get one because of the structure in my department. Frankly, professors believe that the knowledge that we learn as a Bachelor is not enough to do any research yet, and I do feel the same way. For me, my background in financial mathematics is not really strong. Recently I've just done an Individual study on portfolio management. And I also have done some financial mathematics course, (option and bond value theory, GBM, etc.) but it is not a focused branch in my school as well, meaning that there is not so many courses on this field in my university. I am wondering if it is OK to apply without any graduation thesis, more specifically I wonder if the thesis is an important factor on the admittance decision. Really desperpate for help, thanks.
  16. Dear all, I am currently facing a small dilemma in selecting an appropriate writing sample for a PhD program in Romance Literatures. I will obtain a B.A. this May. Sample may be up to 20 pages. Currently, I have two possible writing sample choices: (1) the first twenty pages from my current Honors thesis (out of 80 pages) on a unique topic has not garnered much attention from within the scholarly community. This excerpt has 37 outside sources, cites a multitude of works, and offers much commentary; however, it is more of a "general" overview of literary works with lots of historical contextualisations than honed-in textual analyses. (2) twenty pages of a "close-reading" of a work of literature that orbits a question given by a professor of mine. There are 17 outside sources; however, the majority of citations are from the particular work assigned to us. The analyses are more specific (to the one novel) and demonstrate a solid unpacking of the book. Given that PhD programs are typically more "research bent," would it be advisable to send the Honors thesis sample rather than the close-reading one? Or would a PhD program (especially one in literature) prefer a writing sample that demonstrates mastery of one particular text at the expense of fewer outside sources? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much in advance for your help and enlightening suggestions!!
  17. I have just started my thesis research for my M.A in Sociology. The research is focusing on sexual attitudes in relation to gender role stereotypes, interpersonal violence and rape culture myths. I intend to use the findings of the survey to in relation with the coding of advertisements. Participants are still needed. Survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes, varies with individual. All responses are greatly appreciated! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dC1MRHNSOVludTk2RG1zVmxqQk9WS0E6MQ#gid=0 Thank you in advance.
  18. Hello Grad Cafe, My question might seem ridiculous but I'd rather be really careful about the particulars of plagiarism than regret something later. For the last two years of my graduate degree, I have been growing a research project which I thought of, found funding for, conducted all interviews, did all field research, etc. I have developed a website to share my research with family and friends. I have also been fortunate to have written about my research for multiple major media groups (RFE/RL, Foreign Policy Magazine, etc.). I'm thrilled that my research has made its way around the web, but now that it's submission time, I am not sure what is proper procedure... My question is as follows... when something is published online it tends to be very polished and packaged. I'd like to use some of the passages that I've written on my blog and for these publications in my dissertation because they so articulately express my research. If I properly cite these passages, am I in the clear? Keep in mind that no other figure (like an editor) spun my story in a certain way -- it was always my research, my ideas, and my own writing. Do I have to use citations? Do I include myself in the bibliography (this sounds embarrassing)? Do I put myself in quotations (even more embarrassing)? Thanks! Alexis
  19. Any updates/admits on UIUC CS MS(Thesis) Results ? I guess MCS admits are already out.
  20. Ok, real quick with my situation: I finished my BA in History in May 09. Started MA in History in August 09, and completed all course work in 12 months, and enrolled in the thesis course in August 2010. I'm currently in the Air Force and found out and left for flight training soon after. I received an "Incomplete" for the thesis course, and have something like 7 years to complete it. I was not required to write a thesis during my undergrad, and my graduate work was full of courses with the "read a book in a week, write a 3 page book review, and give a 5 minute presentation to your peers" sorts of classes. I did write a few original 12-15 page papers for professional conferences as an Undergrad and first semester Graduate student. Ok, so fast forward to present. I still haven't started on writing this damn thesis. The clock is ticking, I'm getting antsy, and know I need to get the ball rolling. I have little interest in pursuing a PhD at this point, like I did when starting grad school. I have 8 years left of my 20 years until retirement in the Air Force, and have thought about possibly pursuing community college or online teaching work down the road. So the thesis... Because I have been out of the loop for a year and half or so, I've kind of lost contact with my advisor (who is also the dept chair). I've sent him two emails over the last few months with no response. For all I know, he's on sabbatical. Or he was paid for the course I took with him, thinks I bailed, and isn't answering me. My questions to him have pretty much been exactly what I'm here seeking... Was anyone else lost when it came to beginning your thesis? Overwhelmed? Confused? My research interests are in early American colonial history, and I interned at two maritime museums. My institutions thesis handbook is very broad, with nothing even specific for the humanities. Hell, I don't even know how many pages I need to be shooting for, as I've read here and other places it ranges wildly. As for content, am I looking to write an historical narrative of something specific (a person, battle, ship, town) or something more broad? I know you must walk a line between to broad and too narrow. Maybe I just have too much pride to call my advisor and ask him these questions well after I should have when I enrolled, but was too busy flying airplanes. If anyone can offer any information, support, ect, I would be extremely grateful. I want to get this thing done. I'm not looking to change historical thought or break ground on new ideology. I'm looking to get my $20,000 piece of paper and move on with my life. Thanks so much! </rant>
  21. Hi ya'll! I'm trying to figure out how to start a critical response essay as the title says, BUT the questions are if the book lived up to my expectations or not. Seems like a basic response to me, but I still need the: problem/thesis, evidence, and point/conclusion. I'm thinking the thesis/problem should be "did this live up to my expectations?" Any ideas? I'm bugging out!
  22. ...who blew off writing your thesis and now have to scramble to get it done before you start your PhD program in a few weeks? Or is it just me?
  23. Hi I am writing my master's thesis. I have developed a web application as my masters project. Now i need to carry out some testing of the application and my supervisor suggested to carry out some unit tests. Now first of all I am not sure how to carry out unit tests and secondly how to present the result of unit test in the report If some one can point me out to a sample thesis with unit test result I would be really grateful