2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

MES Thesis

Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 quarters

MES Faculty

To complete their degree, MES students are required to complete a 16 credit thesis,* the prospectus for which is finished immediately after Case Studies, the second year core class. During Case Studies, students are assigned a faculty mentor, or "reader."  Each reader is assigned a CRN (course reference number), and students will be notified of their reader's CRN by email from the MES office prior to registration.  In addition to the thesis, students are required to attend a bi-weekly thesis workshop, as described below. Thesis presentations are given in week 9 and 10 of the Spring quarter.

Thesis Workshop Winter and Spring 2013

Faculty Leader: Martha Henderson
Room: Sem 2 B1107
Dates: Tuesdays, 6-8p, Jan 8 & 22, Feb 5 & 19, March 5, Apr 9 & 23, May 7 & 21

The goal of Thesis Workshop is to support thesis students through their projects by presenting and inviting issues and concerns that all thesis students face as they complete their projects. Workshop activities and assignments support students while students work one-on-one with their faculty thesis reader. Faculty reader expectations of student progress is primary, the Workshop supports students and readers and does not supersede the relationship between reader and student.

Workshop will cover:

  • Dates in both quarters on which thesis benchmarks must be completed
  • Procedures for completing the processing of thesis document once approved by the thesis reader
  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Lab and equipment support
  • Peer review and support
  • Advice and support from faculty for completing thesis projects

All thesis students are required to attend Workshop. Attendance will be taken. Thesis readers will be kept up-to-date on student performance in Workshop. Failure to achieve goals identified in Workshop will be forwarded to thesis readers.

Workshop will meet on the following Tuesday evenings 6-8pm:

            January 8         Establishing a thesis completion schedule/project management

            January 22       Gathering data

            February 5       Writing process: seminar on The Clockwork Muse

            February 19     Writing context and content – beyond description

            March 5           Data analysis

            April 9              Writing – filling in the blanks

            April 23            Writing analysis and conclusion chapters

            May 7              Obtaining permission to present/Presentation guidelines

            May 21            Organize panel presentations – final schedule/Procedures for turning in final documents


*This requirement applies to all students who started MES in Fall 2011 or later.  If you started in a prior year, please see your MES student handbook for your specific requirements.

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