Posts Tagged thesis

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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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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Summer Workshop Calendar

Classes are out for the summer.  Use this time to address social and professional issues that have been set on the back burner.  Gear up for your BIG PAPER (dissertation/thesis) and learn how to format in Microsoft Word like a pro BEFORE you start writing – this prevents delays in mechanical checks and LOTS of frustration.

June 6th 2013:
Managing the Time Trap – Organizational Skills Online Workshop

Wednesday, June 12th 2013:
Composition and Expected Content of a Curriculum Vitae

Tuesday, June 18th 2013:
Word for Dissertations & Theses

Wednesday, June 26th 2013:
Curriculum Vitae & Resume Critiques

Register online through EDGE.

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Everyone Loves to Hate a Theif

The German University system has recently taken a blow as several high-ups have been accused and found guilty of plagiarism.  One such person was Germany’s Minister of Research and Education, Annette Schava:

“Rarely do political scandal and academe collide so publicly as they have now, in Europe. In February, Germany’s education minister stepped down after Heinrich Heine University, in Düsseldorf, revoked her doctorate because her thesis lifted passages from other sources without proper attribution.” The Chronicle – Feb. 2013

Several other high-ups have been accused as well.  As a result, this scandal has been associated with the quality of the German University system in general.

Wolfgang E.J. Weber, director of the Institute for European Cultural History, says his historian colleagues from elsewhere in Europe no longer consider the German system to be the gold standard. The Chronicle – Feb. 2013

For students who put their blood (probably not literally), sweat (maybe literally), and tears (definitely literally) into their theses and dissertations, this seems like sand in the face.  Imagine if you finally received a title that that took you three years to earn and now it means next to nothing. Not my idea of a good time.  Information in the digital age travels fast.  This news affects anyone who has ever received a degree from a German institution.  Its like a blemish on a record of good standing – one that may never go away despite the repeated attempts to buff it clean.

Keep this in mind the next time you cut and paste.  The worst part – this is NOT a slippery slope that I am creating as an example to scare you.  This is HAPPENING right now.  Academics across the globe are looking at Germany and thinking “What the heck happened over there?” because several of their leaders were able to get away with cheating in school.  Take a tip from American leaders – cheat on your spouse, cheat on your taxes, but do NOT cheat on your schoolwork.

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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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Looking Forward to Your Defense

For those of you applying for graduation and getting ready to set defense dates, I thought I would resource an article from last spring from the Chronicle of Higher Education: So You’re Defending Your Dissertation Tomorrow! The author, Gina Barreca,  states, “You’ve already won this race; now there’s nothing to do but enjoy the scenery as you cross the finish line.”

Some additional suggestions:

  • Wear comfy clothing.
  • Remember you have EARNED the right to be considered the expert in the room.
  • Bring water.  People staring at you = dry mouth.
  • Remember that part of what happens during the defense has more to do with the personalities of the faculty that you.
  • It will be over before you know it!

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Word for Dissertation and Theses

New template?  No problem!  The Library is hosting a “Word for Dissertations and Theses” workshop.


When? Oct. 30 6-8pm, Central Library Room 315A

Don’t let Microsoft Word make writing your dissertation more difficult than it already is!  Learn advanced features in Word 2010 that make formatting your paper to meet Graduate School requirements a breeze.

Register NOW!!

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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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