2014 Master's Thesis/Project Writings Workshops Series
- Beginning in September 2014, Carson Medley, Thesis Editor and Advisor for the Office of Graduate Studies, will present a series of extensive writing workshops for M.A. candidates who plan on writing a master's thesis or project. The workshops, however, are open to all graduate students regardless of their culminating activity.
- The workshop series will address specific components of the master's thesis and projects as well as general writing and organizational strategies. Ultimately, the workshops will cover all aspects of academic writing and research and benefit all students regardless of discipline. The workshop series has been designed and organized in a way that will guide students in a linear path to the deadline of their culminating activity. The workshop dates are also available on our website:http://www.csuchico.edu/graduatestudies/
- The presentations will also be available on our website for all those students who cannot attend.
9/24/14 SSC 150 3-4pm
Workshop 2: “What Is a Thesis/Project?” will introduce the student to the culminating activity of their graduate education, the thesis or project, which has terrified students for years. This workshop will discuss the differences between the Thesis and Project, and help students decide which option is best for them. This workshop will also go into the history of and reasoning behind the thesis—to answer a research question—as well as providing a breakdown of the thesis/project into all its parts:
- Chapter One: The Problem
- Chapter Two: The Literature Review
- Chapter Three: The Methodology
- Chapter Four: Presentation and Analysis of the Data
- Chapter Five: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations
10/8/14 SSC 150 3-4pm
Workshop 3: “I Have this Great Idea,” will discuss the critical point of coming up with the idea to turn into a thesis. We will talk about where ideas come from, and how to turn potential idea into a thesis. We will spend a lot of time exploring theses and projects on the Chico Digital Repository.
10/22/14 3 SSC 150 3-4pm
Workshop 4: “My Only Problem is that I Don’t Have a Problem at All,” will teach the student how to find the problem, the issue—the conflict—in his or her thesis. The research problem applies to a special and specific kind of problem that is unlike any other problems—this problem is an explanatory device presented in carefully written concise and showing, not telling, sentences, that are about finding out how to fix this universal, not personal, problem. We will strategize ways to detach yourself from the problem, on the surface, and conceal how it relates to your personal or social values. Possible solutions to the problem will drive your thesis, keep pushing it forward when your legs are tired and all you want to do is sit down and bow out of the race.
10/29/14 SSC 150 3-4pm
Workshop 5: “Which Came First—the Answer or the Question?” will address the most important, and least discussed, aspect of the thesis: the research question that is so enthralling that the graduate student has no problem living with it for at least the next year of her life. A graduate student cannot be a good thinker and a poor questioner. I will discuss how each discipline is driven not by the answers, but by the essential questions. This workshop will teach students how to master the art of questioning, and illustrate how these questions will lead to the thesis. I will focus on the following methods of questioning: questioning goals and purposes:
- Questioning Goals and Purposes
- Questioning Questions
- Questioning Information, Data, and Experience
- Questioning Concepts and Ideas
- Questioning Assumptions
- Questioning Implications and Consequences
- Questioning Viewpoints and Perspectives