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  1. I'm done writing my thesis proposal, and I'm working on filling out the RTAF for the graduate school. I've selected two faculty members for my thesis advisory committee but I need at least one more person to serve on my committee. I've found an archaeologist who worked at the site I'm interested in, but how do I go about contacting her to ask if she'll serve on my committee? Is name-dropping acceptable? Would it be best to include a CV/resume and a copy of my proposal, or would this be perceived as annoying fluff? What form of communication is preferred? Any and all information is appreciated! I constantly overthink things which is good for a thesis but not so good for explaining to people why I'd love to work with them and what I'm interested in, so I want to get these initial communications right!
  2. Does anybody have a dissertation proposal story to share? Anything related to deadlines that got missed because no one told you what the deadline was, communicating with multiple faculty, some who rarely respond to emails, departments that don't communicate the rules but expect them to be followed, etc. Also, advice on how to deal with difficulties like these tactfully without sounding snarky or blame-y (sometimes I feel like writing, "I sent you an email about this two weeks ago") would be great! Most of the faculty are great, but I am just not catching on to the styles of others. Thanks!
  3. Most of the people will talk about major GPA in this forum but I find most of universities won't print major GPA on the transcript. So how you guys calculated that? Simply eliminated the courses not on the degree requirement or only calculated the courses opened by this major's department? And will committees really look at it when apply for phd? Since major GPA is calculated by ourselves and doesn't appear on transcript.
  4. DavidPhillips

    Thesis Committee

    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. Is there a logic to this other than "find people who are knowledgeable in the area of and sympathetic to your specific dissertation topic" ? My university's handbook tells us to choose 5 committee members, specifying that a maximum of two can be chosen from outside the university. Why would that be a good plan? Is there some reason why you would WANT someone from outside the university given the added bureaucratic red tape and trouble for everyone involved? Reasons I can think of: Your university lacks people with the right expertise. Your beloved former adviser has moved to a different university (or was convicted on all counts, or sent into space with a monkey and a dog, or gave up academia for a NASCAR career). Why else? Is there prestige associated with getting mucky-mucks to be on your committee? I know that your adviser's reputation matters a lot-- but how important is the committee that you choose? Is choosing someone from another university a way of positioning oneself so as to increase the chances of getting a job at one of their institutions? [*]Is this a matter of literally linking your name with theirs in some sort of social networking way (electronic and otherwise)? From a different perspective (that probably matters most): ******Unless you have a pre-existing relationship, why the heck would a professor at another institution agree to be on your committee simply because he/she has expertise that's useful to you? What's their incentive?? What do they get out of it other than extra work? ****** So... what's the story here? I'm wondering if there isn't some super-clever thing that some people have figured out to do in selecting their committee. That's my question... but any other advice on selecting a committee (esp. in the social sciences) would be very welcome!
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