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ERIC Number: EJ788506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
The Last Year of Your Graduate School Experience: Advice from a Major Professor
Collins, Mary E.
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v37 p32-37 2008
Most graduate students are unaware of the procedures and expectations during the last year of their graduate program and, especially, not from the faculty perspective. The timeline I describe in this article begins with what needs to be done almost a year before finishing and ends with what happens after you, the graduate student, pass the final defense exam. Recommendations include how to organize your thoughts before you start to write, how to work with your committee, as well as some dos and don'ts at your defense exam. Lastly, I discuss some of the emotional aspects of what you and your major professor might experience during this year. My advice is for Ph.D. students, but much of it is also applicable to Masters students. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A