Posts Tagged graduation

New Year’s In the U.S.A.

Lets set some resolutions shall we?  I read a GREAT comment posted below an article about the first year of grad school.  After all the advice and the references to citation software, getting “involved” in a program, knowing your advisors and their expectations, BLAH BLAH, there is a comment.  This comment rises high above the rest, described by its author (Packard27) as an overarching suggestion for people rowing the boat that is graduate school.

“You can print [this] out and stick it on both your morning mirror and  your PC/Laptop/etc once you begin to write your dissertation: ‘YOUR SINGULAR & ONLY MISSION IS TO GRADUATE.’”

To all the MavGrads out there, this is an easy New Year’s resolution.  It should take only a few moments of your time, a little tape, and some self-control (i.e. when you get your first draft back, don’t go ripping these notes into tiny little pieces, laughing hysterically, terrifying your five cats).

1. Print out several signs with the language indicated above.
2. Tape them all around the house (Yes, on your gaming console’s CONTROLLER)
3. Sit back and let your plea to the universe be heard.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  Keep your eye on the prize and get that diploma!  One day you’ll be freeeeeeee!

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Get Down to Business About Your Career

One of my hands is hot and the other is cold.  The reason I notice this is because I have decided the put my hands up to my chin like Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch, not Downey Jr.).  I can’t think.  Sadly, the hand-to-chin-thing is useless for me.  The holidays are around the corner and my head is spinning.  New Year’s Eve is so close and another year is almost gone.

Times like these are GREAT times for career reflections.  As much as personal reflections and road maps to happiness, weight loss, and world travel, are created with intense desire most naturally these times of year, career development seems to take up only the smallest moment in time.  Believe it or not, it is probably easier to move forward career-wise than it is to lose 20 lbs. or plan a trip around the world (cough, money, cough).

I typically stick to academic-type career sources in this blog, but today I want to mention Bold Career’s Holiday Post.  First – the name of this Career Development firm is BOLD CAREER.  It is great!  The author of the post and firm’s fearless leader, Ian Christie, was the former Senior Director at Monster.com.  So – yes – it is a business-esque article with some very business-ish suggestions that you can probably ignore.  But, overall this article is a New-Year-Get-Motivated-You-Can-Do-It-Waahoooo-Go-Get-’em Career Guide, neatly sectioned in phases, numbered, and sub-headed with letters (Social, Reflective, and New Beginnings).  While the photo of the board room makes me feel physically ill, the content is WORTH IT.

Oh how this article dragged me out of a deep, dark hole.  I have been here before folks and I am sure that I will be here again (next year and the year after).  It is nice to have something tangible to help you get down to it; to help you roll your sleeves up (old sweat shirt, robe, adult onesie, ANY type of sleeves will do) and just challenge that part of your brain that likes to watch television until 3 a.m. and procrastinate on comps.  This corporate guy has a lot to offer advice-wise, and I think even The Dude would approve.

My favorite quote by Christie is when he discusses removing roadblocks. He writes, “Let’s face it. We can have a lot of baggage.” Haaaa.  I have baggage that is for sure.  I also have a Netflix account so there is like, a third of my life gone.  I am really looking forward to working through these phases over the winter break and I hope you are too!  Let me know  how it works out – or if you want to discuss, I am available.  Just email ashleyh@uta.edu.  Spend some time this holiday getting down to business about your career and get competitive in the market place.  It is a rough world out there.  Even Santa knows he needs to corner the market if he wants to stay relevant! (Just kidding, Santa would never do that to the Easter Bunny – not even a Milka Chocolate Santa).

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Embargo or Not To Embargo?

An article by Stacey Patton in The Chronicle – July, 2013 raises two side of the debate:

  1. Some publishers don’t want work that is available on online for free.
  2. Who purchases what and when and where constantly changes while average sales are stable – so an embargo is moot.

The article goes on to state that some academics and publishers support embargoes as a way to protect your work and warn that you will be up a creek when you finish revisions and your ideas are already free of charge.  Others indicate that many authors’ first books published and based on their dissertations and editors are trained to help turn dissertations into books; books sell, and the difference between success and failure is editing.

READ IT!  And get more information before you decide whether or not to fill out an embargo for your works.  FYI – UTA does not have a form for embargos. You need to speak with T&D mechanical checks by emailing kwitkowski@uta.edu.

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Ph.D. Graduation Policies that Make or Break!!

Are you ABD about to morph into PhD?  Now there is a 3 hour dissertation course available for you to take your last semester!   This course number was created to keep students from needing to register for 9 credit hours in their final semester!  That kind of money can really add up if something prevents you from graduating in your intended semester – like the mice in the lab next to yours escape and break into your lab and devour all of your African Clawed Frogs or the computer that stores 2 years of research data spontaneously explodes…

Hopefully, nothing will prevent you from completing your degree as you intend.  When it’s time for you  to select your final semester enrollment (YEA!), keep the following in mind.

Review the following and speak to your graduate advisor before you make your final decision.

  1. You must have 9 cumulative dissertation credit hours to graduate.
  2. You need a “P” or an “R” in all 9 hours.
  3. You may need more dissertation credits as required by your department, but no less.
  4. You MUST enroll in a dissertation course and receive a P in your final semester.
  5. Dissertation courses include 6399, 6699, 6999, and 7399. You CANNOT graduate if you enroll in 6399.
  6. You CAN graduate if you enroll in 7399.
  7. You can enroll in 7399 ONE TIME ONLY!!!!
  8. If you do not graduate while enrolled in 7399:
    • You MUST take a minimum of 6 dissertation credit hours during your final semester (6699 or 6999)
    • You must receive a “P.”
    • You must meet all other graduation requirements.
    • If not, then you must enroll again in 6 hours of dissertation.
    • If there is a chance that you may not graduate in the semester you first apply, do NOT enroll in 7399.
    • If you enroll in 7399 twice, the second course will NOT count towards your graduation. DON’T DO IT!

Hopefully, when you are pretty darn certain you are going to graduate, this class will save you some money and some time!  Then you can enjoy your last semester spent locked in the lab finishing up your dissertation, with no social life what so ever, and Siri as your best friend.   YAY!

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Two Workshops Next Week!!

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Curriculum Vitae & Resume Critiques

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 12:00pm–2:30pm

Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 303

Bring your CV or Resume and have a professional take a look! Get immediate feedback on existing job application materials, such as CVs, resumes, cover letters, and statements of purpose. Or, bring your laptop computer and work one-on-one with editors throughout the session. You can arrive with a blank page, start from scratch, and leave with a CV that is application-ready. SNACKS PROVIDED!

Dissertation Writing Group

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm

Email lberry@uta.edu for location

Do you have trouble locating a quiet place to write? Would you like to discuss your writing or organization with a trained tutor? Sign up now to work in a quiet, supportive environment that allows for intense, focused, and productive writing. A writing tutor will be available for consultation, but the purpose of this event is focused writing. No content will be presented. After registering to attend the event, email Lisa Berry (lberry@uta.edu) for location information. If you do not own a laptop computer, one can be provided for you. Include this information in your email.

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Know What to Expect When You Graduate

Graduating with a Ph.D. is difficult enough on its own, without having to worry about paying off student loans and searching for available tenure-tracks across the country.  Most of you out there will find adjunct positions to help you along the way to your ultimate career goals.  So – know what to expect.

The Adjunct Project helps current and future adjunct faculty get a feel for salaries and what to expect as a cultural “norm” as far as work is concerned.  There is even an advice page.  Get suggestions and assistance from “near peers,” or colleagues who are a few years ahead of you.  They are blazing the path that is closest to your current experience so their advice won’t be outdated.

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What’s Coming Up – Events to Know About

Tuesday, February 26th 2013
Word for Dissertations & Theses
Learn the advanced features in Word 2007 typically used to write longer documents; meet the Graduate School’s formatting requirements in less time, with less stress.
6:00pm–8:00pm Library, Room 315 A

Thursday, February 28th 2013
Graduation Workshop
Get important dates and deadlines you need to meet in your final term.  Q&A after.
2:00pm–3:00pm Davis Hall, Room B17

Register online!

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Congrats GRADS!

Congratulations graduates!

Remember – the Office of Graduate Studies and the rest of UTA campus is closed starting Dec. 22, until Jan.2, 2013.  Degrees are conferred within 4 to 6 weeks after grades post (that’s TODAY) so taking into consideration the campus closure – please expect to receive notification through Jan. and early Feb.  Diplomas will be mailed or ready for pick up shortly after.

Happy holidays!!

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New Formatting Standards for Theses and Dissertations

The Office of Graduate Studies has revised the formatting standards for theses and dissertations.

Students may choose to use either the current or the new formatting standards for fall 2012 and spring 2013.  Only documents meeting the new standards will be accepted beginning in summer 2013. If you think there is even a small chance that you may need the summer term or an additional semester to complete you paper it is important that you use the NEW template.

The Office of Graduate Studies and the Central Library have created the new guidelines, along with a new template, to address the more challenging aspects of the current requirements, e.g., the insertion of 2-inch margins on new sections.

Please note: thesis and dissertation documents must be written in the proper format in order to be accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies.

New Template Guidelines

Graduation Checklist and Downloadable documents

UT Arlington’s requirements ensure that all thesis/dissertation documents have a uniform appearance and are suitable for archiving. While we are sensitive to the fact that disciplines have their own guidelines, our requirements mainly follow the guidelines provided in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition.

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Getting Through the Dissertation Doldrums

No!  Not the “D” word!!!!  As a graduate student, it is easy to get into the grind, keeping your nose to the book (or eye to the microscope), especially with a dissertation looming eerily overhead.  Ooooooo, Ahhhhhhh, Eeeeeeee!  How appropriate with Halloween approaching. 

UT Arlington is where you spend the majority of your time and energy.  Everyday, the same people and places – also the same resources.  Advice from these familiar locations begins to blur together in a sea of blue and orange jibber jabber.

  • A great way to regain strength is to get a new perspective. 
  • A new perspective requires new information. 
  • New (and reliable) information is available online; yes, you CAN stay in your mad scientist cave and still get a new perspective, so no excuses! (Upon reflection, disorienting fevers above 101 degrees and no less than two broken arms, preventing the use of a mouse will be allowed.) 

One great place to start is at UT Austin’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium and List serve.  While every aspect of the site may not be available to you – some fresh advice from Professors in your discipline IS available to you.  Tips from Faculty along with sample proposals from students at a different university are at your fingertips.  I’m not sending you elsewhere for kicks and giggles (is kicks the right word?). This info can give you a new perspective.  It can also help you get an idea of the performance standard in your area of expertise across institutions.  

More knowledge = Less anxiety = not avoiding your dissertation = you graduating! 

 

Still afraid of the “D” word?  

…….Well, now I have to assume you mean the DARK! And that’s a totally realistic fear, so who am I to judge?  Maybe after you visit the web page I suggested you can leave your computer screen on as a night light.

  

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