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Date: Dec. 23, 2017, 1:00 pm
Details: Join us at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts – Foellinger Great Hall. See more.
EVL maintains a collection of past Master's Thesis in Maxine's office. Take a look at several of them. They cover a wide range of projects and will give you the best idea of what is expected in the writeup.
11. Schedule a time to do your defence. Do this at least 2 months in advance. Your thesis committee members travel a lot and it is often very difficult to schedule a time that they can all meet. 1 month before your defence give all of your committee members a copy of your thesis to read.
This written draft allows your committee to bring up any major criticisms / additions that they feel are necessary now, before you get to the defense. You do not want to have to deal with them during step #11 below.
Make sure you have a handle on all of the departmental paperwork you need to fill out.
12. Defending your thesis: Use the guide on how to give good EVL presentations to prepare for your defence (/cavern/seminars/ - this is a Powerpoint file). Your defence will usually last at most an hour in which you must do a talk and a demonstration. Rehearse this well because failing this presentation will usually mean failing your thesis.
Talk to your advisor about the presentation. Show him/her your slides. He/She has done many presentations and can point out any obvious problems.
If you haven't done many presentations, you should probably gather a group of your friends together a couple days before your actual presentaion and go through your entire presentation and demonstration with them in the actual room with the actual slides and the actual time constraints. Tell your friends to be brutal in their criticism. Its better to find all of the problems now with your friends.
While you are working on steps #1-10 above, go to ALL of the Masters or PhD defenses associated with the lab. See how other people present their work. Listen to the questions that are asked. Watch for what works and what doesn't work.
Your defense is a public event open to anyone who wants to come. These are usually held in the AccessGrid room and will be attended by your committee and many students from the lab. Once you have presented there is a time for public questions by the audienced or your committee. After that, you and the audience will be excused and your committee will discuss your work in private for about 15 minutes. At that point they will decide if you have satisfactorally completed your degree and will tell you so. You may need to make some modifications to the thesis or do some additional work before the committee will sign off.
14. Here is a schedule that you should go by for an MS thesis.