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Finding an undergrad research topic for my thesis (in Psychology)?

I'm currently in my 3rd of undergrad (BA, Psychology). I'm planning to do an honours thesis next year but am completely overwhelmed on deciding what to research on. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I tell my supervisor the reason my proposal is late?

I'm a grad student working on a thesis proposal. Said thesis proposal was due about a week ago. The work was going pretty well until it got sidelined by an unexpected and devastating breakup with my SO, who I'd been living with. Between the moving-out and the emotional exhaustion I've neglected to update my supervisor, who's just emailed me asking why she hasn't seen the finished product yet. I'm nearly done at this point (I anticipate getting it to her by tomorrow), but I'm unsure about how to explain the delay. Is it appropriate to tell my supervisor that I'm late because of the breakup, or should I just say sorry and leave it at that?
posted by tealsocks on Aug 13, 2013 - 21 answers

Should I do an undergraduate honors thesis?

I'm entering into my final year of undergraduate studies. As an Honors College student, I have the option to complete a thesis this year. I've already made it through the preparation semester and had my proposal accepted, but I'm not very passionate about the topic I selected, and I'm not sure if the effort of continuing with the project will be worth the reward. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by rensar on Jul 31, 2013 - 22 answers

PhD thesis woes - what do I tell my supervisor?

I am in the final year of my PhD. I suffered from many months of depression and an inability to get my writing done in a timely fashion. I am now playing catch-up. I have a telephone appointment with my supervisor next week, and wonder if and how I should disclose the difficulty I faced, and am still facing. I don't want to burden her with my personal issues. How do I, or should I, discuss this? How do I regain her faith in me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Where did my brain go?

Help me rescue my analytical faculties so I can survive the last months of grad school with my dignity intact. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Apr 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Online Work Tracking Solutions for PhD student writing buddies?

There seems to be huge number of online work/project tracking/logging programs out there, but they are mostly designed for small businesses and freelancers (e.g. focussed on invoicing) and charge by the month. I've seen a few that look OK like Toggl and Slimtimer but none that seems ideal for my needs yet. Can anyone recommend ones (ideally free and with the ability to track different tasks & share that tracking/logging) that are easy to use, have decent functionality, and would be good for 2 friends working on writing their PhD theses and would like to try and help each other keep track of how much work they're doing? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Thesis argument about cultural contact zones

Hi Mefites! So I'm wondering if anyone can help me in finding something to argue in a 5-6 page paper regarding 'cultural contact zones' in Orwell's essay ' A Passage to India'. Specifically, "the concept of a “contact zone” emphasizes how subjects are constituted in and by their relations to each other, usually involving conditions of coercion, inequality, and conflict. It treats the relations among colonizers and colonized not in terms of separateness but in terms of interaction and interlocking understandings and practices, often within radically asymmetrical relations of power." ( this is part of the prompt). Any suggestions? I'm usually a fairly competent writer but am having trouble here. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for bibliographic sources for a Thesis on Biometry and Privacy

Lookin for bibliographic sources fomr Biometry/Privacy thesis. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Feb 14, 2013 - 0 answers

Research career post-PhD?

Defending and depositing my engineering dissertation by end of April. Strained relations with advisor and distant relations with committee. What next, and how? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 answers

advice for how to present a non-fiction book to a lecture audience

I will be need to present my thesis (which is a 200 page theoretical book) to an audience in about a week. Some of the audience will have read it, but the majority will have not. The argument of the book is too complex and extended to summarize into a 10 minute presentation, so I am not sure what to present. If I try to condense it or if I select just a part to present, the result will be that the whole book will be judged based on that one part. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Jan 21, 2013 - 11 answers

A nice thesis theme to my website

Where To Find a Thesis Wordpress Theme Designer? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Oct 18, 2012 - 2 answers

A list of sources in a Word doc isn't gonna cut it.

I'm writing my MA capstone research paper and feel like I need to step up my game with managing citations and possibly using something other than Word. Help? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Sep 6, 2012 - 11 answers

After all those papers, how do I not know how to reference this?

Having some difficulties with figures and my MSc thesis. Help? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Aug 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Open-source thesis design?

Where can I find dissertations with excellent design? I would like to directly copy someone's LaTeX formatting for a hard-science thesis. [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

I simply KANT write my thesis...help me?

I need advice on how to finish this master's thesis that is consuming me with guilt, anxiety and helplessness [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jun 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Scrapping a thesis: Awful Idea?

I graduate in two weeks and my senior thesis is still unwritten due to a myriad of circumstances. Should I just scrap it and take my BA without the honors distinction? [more inside]
posted by shesdeadimalive on May 7, 2012 - 35 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Geographers always want to know where

Where (in what physical space) should I write my MA thesis? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Mar 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Persistent 403 errors on a Wordpress site running Thesis theme

Google's bots are returning 403 errors on all my pages on a Wordpress-based site running the Thesis theme. I'm out of troubleshooting ideas. Halp? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Feb 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Thesis Structuring - Help!

Will I get this done, even if it ends in madness? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Grad School Last Minute Thesis Advisor Switch

Graduate school issues. Starting my thesis this upcoming semester. Just the other day, my tentative advisor suggested that I switch to another advisor. Is it weird to ask a professor to be an advisor for my thesis a week before the semester starts? And what's the best way to ask? [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Jan 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for a french thesis

What is the best way to get access to a thesis published in 1966 in L'Universite Nancy Faculte des Sciences, France? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Jan 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me master my research/writing/reference management workflow.

Is there an app that can help me take notes, tag them by topic, then export my notes by tag while retaining information about their source? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Nov 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Footnotes in Word - Help!

Footnotes in Word - Help! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Oct 12, 2011 - 3 answers

How to reference online material

How do you properly reference an online forum post in a masters thesis using APA 6? [more inside]
posted by meech on Oct 11, 2011 - 1 answer

History and Religion Clashing?

How do you write about religion historically? I'm writing my history honors thesis on evangelical Christians, but all of my drafts sound theological and not historical. When I try to fix the problem, I end up just reciting facts. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy?

Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy (the topic touches on racism and discrimination)? [more inside]
posted by keijo on Sep 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?

Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Sep 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me implement version control and offsite backups for my thesis

I'm just starting my undergraduate thesis, and would like a backup method a bit more reliable then my standard 'ThesisV3.tex' + emailing it to myself method. I've never worked with version control before, though I'm sure I can figure that out. I am however worried about *where* to have my offline backup sync too. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Sep 8, 2011 - 25 answers

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 19 answers

Help us choose a professional Wordpress theme

I need advice on a professional Wordpress theme for my organization's web site. We will be doing most of the site creation and maintenance in-house; our staff has no specialized knowledge in any web languages but is comfortable using Google and following directions for what to insert into various files. What theme is going to give us the least headaches for our efforts? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jun 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Case study integration within a thesis?

How to approach (personally created) case study integration within a thesis? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Apr 5, 2011 - 2 answers

To thesis or not?

I am considering writing a senior honors thesis. Please help me work through the various worries I have so I can make a decision. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Apr 1, 2011 - 22 answers

My thesis needs a power-up.

I'm looking for feedback from grad students who have used a thesis or dissertation coach. How did it work out for you? [more inside]
posted by analog on Feb 14, 2011 - 9 answers

PhD Failure - What next?

Where next after failing my UK PhD at the viva stage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Would it be rude to ask a professor for a potential list of other professors?

I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 14 answers

WordPress content with manual home page?

Can I put a manually updated home page in front of what WordPress generates, using the Thesis theme framework? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Nov 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Rudimentary bibliography suggestions from The Hive - Poe and Lovecraft

I'm writing my Masters thesis next year on madness and occult knowledge in the work of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 4, 2010 - 27 answers

Corruption of scientific fact?

Any ideas on where I can find a list or a book detailing corporate corruption of scientific fact for their gain? [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Oct 25, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I properly use screenshots in a Master's paper?

How do I properly use screenshots in a Master's paper? [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Oct 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Copyleft my Master's thesis?

Is it silly or futile to try and convince my university to copyleft (rather than copyright) my Master's thesis? [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Oct 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me choose my thesis topic, which exists somewhere in the confluence of techno-sociology, media studies, developmental psychology, and the study of attention.

Help me choose my thesis topic, which exists somewhere in the confluence of techno-sociology, media studies, developmental psychology, and the study of attention. [more inside]
posted by Roach on Sep 30, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I organize my research project?

What's the best way to organize my research for a big proposal and presentation? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul on Aug 14, 2010 - 3 answers

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense

What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca on Jun 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me love working with Latex

I'm using Latex to write my Master's thesis. I love how pretty everything looks in PDF, but there has to be an easier way to do the actual writing, right? [more inside]
posted by snoogles on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

What voice to write thesis in?

ThesisFilter: What voice should I write my thesis in? First/second/third person? Active? Passive? Passive-agressive? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin on Apr 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Was it attempted plagiarism?

A couple of years ago I was an undergrad looking for part-time research work, and a friend-of-a-friend connected me to a PhD candidate who needed help with her thesis. I spoke to her and her request set off plagiarism alarm bells for me, so I declined the project. I always doubted whether I handled it correctly, though, and I just found out that the friend-of-a-friend who referred me is still a little ticked at me for asking the PhD student these questions and then declining the work. Did I handle this alright, or was I being a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 30 answers

Position: Relative: Disaster

CSS Filter: I've implemented a couple CSS image position properties on my new site design using "position:relative." My problem is that somehow the images I've added, with links, have disabled all links to to the right of the image. Is there any way to fix this? (link to page inside) [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Apr 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Everyone else uses Times New Roman

My SO is about to submit her doctoral thesis. What font should she use? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Dec 6, 2009 - 67 answers

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