Friday, September 26, 2008


So, I just had a big meeting with my prof and the due date for my thesis has been pushed up about 4 weeks from what I was hoping/expecting. The next couple weeks I have some other major commitments, so I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to get everything done. So, I may not be blogging much over the next month or so.

At this meeting, my advisor told me to find out when my committee members were available to schedule a defense. Here's how the conversation went:

Me: So...who should I contact?
Advisor: Your committee members.
Me: Who's that?
Advisor: I don't know. Didn't we have committee meetings over the past two years?
Me: Well, I met with professor A all the time to figure out my thesis, so I'm guessing professor A should be on my committee...
Advisor: Hm. (pulls out my file). Not in here.

So we troop over to the administrative office, where my advisor pulls out my official school record (it's pretty thick - I'm sorta curious as to what's in it) and finds that I in fact have no committee.

Advisor: So who should be on your committee?
Me: Well, I'm assuming professor A...
Advisor: Who else?
Me: Um, there's professor B who comes to our big group meetings. But I haven't spoken to professor B in over a year and my thesis doesn't really involve professor B's field of study...
Advisor: Perfect! Send them an e-mail.

So my e-mail said something along the lines of, "Congratulations! You're in my committee, and my defense is going to be this very close date, so are you free? I'll send along a review copy by this even closer date. Thanks!"

I hope they're not in too much of a foul mood when I defend my thesis.


Silver Fox said...

Yikes! I hope you're already along in your writing, but either way, sounds like you will be quite busy. Best of luck on the entire process all the way through the defense.

McMoots said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one to have such a hastily-formed committee.

Mine worked out OK.

Short Geologist said...

Thanks - I think these committee members are used to this sort of thing from my advisor already.

The timing of the thesis is such that I should be able to squeeze in the content, but I'm not going to be able to really go through it or hand it off to someone else to look at it in time. So it will be more sloppy than I'd may have figured out already that I'm somewhat of a perfectionist.