I got a PhD defense date!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Naira, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Naira

    Naira Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I finally have a defense date set for my PhD and it is only two months away! Yay! :techman:

    I think in many countries people have already handed in their thesis months before its actual defense but this is not the case here. So, I have two months to:
    1. Finish and submit a journal I am working on.
    2. Finish coding a software demo I am working on.
    3. Fly off to Italy to present a paper and the above demo.
    4. Actually write my thesis.
    5. Prepare my defense presentation.
    6. Prepare all the required paperwork concerning the defense.

    Yikes! :eek:

    I am kind of bored with the paper and the demo; the paper because it is not new and exciting work but extensions of previous work and the demo because I have some implementation issues with PrimeFaces that bug me. However, I am really looking forward to shape all my papers together in a single text and to actually present the whole thing.

    And I am really, really, looking forward to doing nothing after work for at least two ot three months (i.e., until I get bored of sitting and start something new). :cool:
     
  2. Tora Ziyal

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    Best wishes!
     
  3. JoeZhang

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    Great stuff!

    Yeah, it varies a lot from place to place - in the UK, you hand it and then it really depends how long it takes to get your external and internal experts together - generally at least three months.

    Are you in a country where you have a public defence?

    I'm also curious how long your thesis is? Since you plan to write it in less than 2 months? I guess it is a technical one?
     
  4. Naira

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    ^ Normally, it should take more time. However, most of my text is already in my papers since I was lucky to have quite a few of them accepted. Plus, I am into Computer Science, texts are very technical indeed.

    Here (in Greece) you defend your thesis in a public defense where 7 (external and internal) experts are present. Anyone can come, ask questions etc. The experts' commitee have already read your text a few days befoere and after the presentation they optionally suggest improvements. After those improvements are considered by you, the final text is handed in and, after a final check by the experts' commitee, you are declared a Dr.
     
  5. StarMan

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    Well, this first year Comp. Sci. student wishes you all the best. :)
     
  6. Maestro

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    Hey, good luck. I've not gotten that far in my education, but the people who I know who've been there say it was a stressful time, but very rewarding once finished.
     
  7. Unicron

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    Congrats Naira! ;) :D

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  8. Count Zero

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    Congratulations would be premature and probably bad luck so I'll leave it at "Great!". :)

    Two months left to write the actual thesis sounds like me (I wrote most of my Master thesis over a period of four days) but from what you've posted it seems that it won't be the desperate, frenzied last-ditch effort on the verge of a nervous breakdown without much in the way of sleep it will probably end up being for me. ;)

    The process you've described sounds somewhat odd to me, especially the final version of the thesis being handed in after the defense but doing it that way has its advantages.
     
  9. Mary Ann

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    Good luck! Hope it all works out well for you. :)
     
  10. Finn

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    Good luck. I'm just a lowly MS recipient this summer :lol: