This is the first post in the Cocoon's new Grad-School Toolkit series. As I explained in the series preview, the series was inspired by a reader suggestion that it might be helpful to grad students and grad programs to compile and organize all of the Cocoon's grad-school-related posts in one place. The thought/hope is that students and programs may find the series useful as a useful resource to improve grad student life and better enable students to progress successfully through their program.
This series, which I see as constantly evolving, will be comprised by a series of posts, each of which is dedicated to a different topic--such as dissertations, publishing, teaching, work-life balance, mental health, well-being, and so on. The posts will will initially be a compilation of past posts on those subjects here at the Cocoon. However, as the Cocoon continues on, my plan is to continually update each post in the series so that the series can be a constantly evolving and developing "toolkit." I also plan to invite readers to submit (either anonymously or in their own name) special guest posts offering students and programs information or advice on topics of their interest.
Today's post will focus on dissertations. Because, in my experience dissertations are by far one of the parts of grad school that students struggle with the most, I thought they might be a good subject to begin with. What follows, then, are some previous posts on the Cocoon on writing dissertations, departmental policies on dissertations (e.g. traditional book-type dissertations vs. "star paper" alternatives), and so on--as well as links to each entry in Trevor's in-progress dissertation series. I will then update both lists continuously as the Cocoon moves forward!
General dissertation-related posts:
- Two suggestions for struggling ABDs (May 2012)
- How to Write a Dissertation -- Part I: Finding a Topic (July 2012)
- How to Write a Dissertation -- Part II: Getting the Dissertation Moving (July 2012)
- Some thoughts on preventing permanent ABDs (Dec 2012)
- What's going on with dissertations?: Traditional dissertations vs. star papers (April 2013)
- What do you like about your dissertation? (April 2013)
- Dissertations that became books (April 2014)
- In Defense of Dissertations -- a follow-up to Millikan's Dewey Lecture (May 2014)
- Dissertation groups and developing dissertation-writing skills (June 2015)
- A Dissertation Retrospective (June 2016)
Trevor's Dissertation Reflection Series:
- Dissertation Reflection Series, Part 1: Is It Really That Hard?
- Dissertation Reflection Series, Part 2: A Different Kind of Project
- Dissertation Reflection Series, Part 3: Stacking Commitments
- Dissertation Reflection Series, Part 4: The First Job Market Run
- Dissertation Reflection Series, Part 5: When You Start to Hate Writing