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Congratulations to Thesis Defenders!

The following Government and Global Security Studies students successfully defended their Master's theses last week.  Writing a thesis is no small feat, and successfully making it through the review and defense is a real achievement.  Congratulations!

David Black
Jenny Cross
Ryan Curran
Jasmine Darland
Romeo Domdii Cliff
Sean Evins
Scott Fisher
Carlos Freitas
Gazelle Ghorbani
Adam Graf
Megan Haebler
Patrick Hanley
Robb Heier

Adrienne Hoar
Daniel Jones
Ricardo Lopez
Sarah Lovenheim
Andrew McNamee
Andrea Monts
Jhonna Schupp
Jennifer Shevchek
Zachary Stokes
Jack Swetland
Jennifer Wahlen
Teressa Wykpisz-Lee



Students: Please take a minute to share a few details about your work. Your colleagues who are at the beginning of this process always appreciate examples of successful projects.

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Congratulations! You all did a great job!

December 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterBlake Ethridge


December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOliver Gilbert

A thesis defense is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it brings about feelings of honor and accomplishment. On the other hand, it stirs the nerves and can be intimidating. These are perfectly natural and common feelings. I recall having all of these emotions leading into my defense. I was lucky in that I had strong advisors who helped me prepare for the experience. However, I failed to consider that the thesis panel would possibly not be made up of staff that I am familiar with or that are familiar with my thesis. As a result, I feel as though I might have let my nerves get the best of me, keeping me from relaying perhaps what I feel is most relevant and important about my topic. Therefore, I recommend that future defenders not only prepare notes and key points that they want to share, but that they also try to think ahead about what questions may be asked from someone who is completely unaware of your thesis. A "plan" for your defense is fine, but don't be scared to shift away from it based on the questions that are posed. Be open to whatever comes your way. Looking back, I realize that I am probably harder on myself than I should be. But aren't most of us? In conclusion, I am proud and grateful for the insight provided by my thesis advisors, readers, and the panel. Their outside perspective and expertise was invaluable. I strongly encourage others to identify advisors and readers early on in their thesis development. Good luck to those of you who are looking forward to defending later in the year!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJhonna Schupp

The thesis process is a fun, lonely, and intellectually rewarding exercise. Consult your adviser as much as possible, it will make the process much easier. Good luck!

February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRomeo Domdii Cliff

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