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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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!!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!!
  9. 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
  10. Any updates/admits on UIUC CS MS(Thesis) Results ? I guess MCS admits are already out.
  11. 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>
  12. 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!
  13. ...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?
  14. 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
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