Date of publication: 2017-08-30 15:14
A thesis defense has two parts: a thesis and a defense. The second mistake many students make is not knowing what their thesis is. The third mistake is not knowing how to defend it. (The first mistake is describe later.)
* A student support group can offer many benefits, one being an audience to practice talks on and get critical feedback from. However, it has to be give and take to work.
I personally value speakers who can tell me what their biological question is and/or hypotheses based on previous literature/data, but provide expectations for their work. You start off with a context but by talking specifically about how your question(s) fill a gap and what they are, narrows the focus.
7) Don’t wait until the last minute
The goal of practice talks is to get feedback from friends, lab mates, classmates in general, and hopefully your advisor. It does you little to no good if your practice talks are the day or two right before your talk. You need to give yourself time to integrate their changes into your presentation- both the slides and the talk. I like a formal practice talk the week, and two weeks before the talk. This gives you enough time to change slides, change what you might say, and change the written document (if applicable). If you give yourself enough time you might even be able to squeeze in an extra experiment before the big day to fill any “holes” in your story.
This is a reasonable thesis if process X is a serious contender. The defense would be an analysis of the limits of process X, ., things it can't do, or things it does wrong, along with evidence that those things matter.
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Listed below are the procedures that should be followed for . Thesis Defenses in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Much of this information is taken from the Graduate Advisor Handbook and from http:///current/steps- on the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) website http:// and from the Department's Graduate Brochure (pdf).
* Laser pointers need to be handled with care. I have a horrid habit of get overexcited and over using them. A wooden pointer helps folk like me because it is so cumbersome that I only use it when pointing is really necessary!
Also, do not put more than the bare minimum on your slide, least of all text which you are going to say anyway! Your slides are not supposed to tell a story on their own, they are only supposed to support your story with visuals *WHERE NECESSARY*. Good luck!
9) Sweat the Small Stuff
The little details are important. Even if you have some really great results to show, you’re going to anger, upset, or at least annoy your audience if you don’t pay attention to details. Some examples:
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Collier Miers joined the MTEC lab in August 7568 as one of the first two students in the lab. His thesis work, entitled Towards High-Throughput, Simultaneous Characterization of Thermal and Thermoelectric Properties , helped build up the capabilities of the MTEC Lab. Collier will continue with the MTEC lab as a PHD candidate in the spring.