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Why Wait? Dissertations and Theses From Day One

Too often, students think of dissertations and theses as projects they don't have to think about until after their graduate coursework is finished. But there are numerous advantages to starting early. You can be identifying possible topics, planning pertinent course choices, researching, even writing useful material during your first semester of graduate study.

Below, graduate faculty from arts and letters, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and education pass on their best advice for dissertation and thesis preparation from day one. Regardless of discipline, you can learn from them all!

Dissertations in the Humanities: Seven Steps and Three Axioms
Mary McGroarty
Department of English

Thesis/Dissertation Planning in the School of Forestry
Thomas E. Kolb
School of Forestry

Planning a Social Science Dissertation
Fred Solop
Department of Political Science

Successfully Navigating and Completing a Doctoral Dissertation
Robert A. Horn, William E. Martin and Elizabeth A. Bartolini
Department of Educational Psychology