The last stop before graduation - defending my thesis

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), I'll be defending my thesis. This takes place in front of a committee of three, including my advisor. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, here's how it works:

The oral defense ordinarily will not exceed 60 minutes in length. Refreshments of any sort should not be provided by the student to the Thesis Committee.

The Thesis Advisor shall serve as chair of the thesis defense meeting. At the thesis defense, the student should prepare and deliver an opening statement summarizing the most significant findings of the research project. The opening statement should not exceed 10 minutes in length. All members of the Thesis Committee shall have the opportunity to ask questions on any topic relevant to the execution of the thesis project or the student’s program of study.

After approximately 60 minutes, the student will be asked to leave the examination room at the conclusion of the oral defense to allow for faculty discussion of the oral defense. Immediately following this discussion, all Thesis Committee members must cast a “yes” or “no” vote regarding the approval of the thesis. Students do not pass a thesis defense if more than one “no” vote is received.

The student will be notified of the results of the oral defense within 24 hours of the completion of that defense.

Sounds like a lot fun, doesn't it?

By Friday, I'll know if it's all over - just in time for the weekend. If I make it, I'll see y'all at the graduation party in a couple of weeks.

Stay tuned ...

4 Response to "The last stop before graduation - defending my thesis"

  1. Anonymous 22/4/08 19:00
    Well, I wish you the best of luck. I did find the title of your thesis to be quite explanatory of your crimes against blogland though, "Mike Reino and William Shatner:Role Models for Today's Youth".

    I was disappointed to see that you could not give the committee a "cold one" due to the refreshment prohibition. Sounds like you better tape one to the outside of the door on your way in though.

    Cheers, and we look forward to you getting through the last gauntlet.
  2. Leavin Heavin Dude 25/4/08 03:28
    dude, did they use a whip on you?

    did you like it?
  3. Bill Pickle 16/9/10 08:15
    Good luck, Earl. A lot of hard work and time is about to pay off.
  4. Earl Capps 16/9/10 08:21
    Bill, it did about 2 1/2 years ago.

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