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By pursuing the PhD, you are making an enormous investment in yourself. Take time along the way to appreciate what your commitment to this effort says about you, personally and professionally. The dissertation is a symbol of the hours and commitment that you have devoted to the process. And when you have finished it, and the dissertation is submitted and defended, be sure to celebrate! 2 Tasks of the Physics Dissertation by Quality Level Very Good Not discussed Acceptable Uses it appropriately; uses it to derive the correct physical understanding from the data; experiment demonstrates student’s understanding of theory Unacceptable Wrong; not relevant to the experiment; not understood; regurgitated; described at a nominal level 29 (continued) Methods Outstanding Acceptable Student has done just enough work; provides minimum information about the method Not discussed Unacceptable Uses the same equipment and same methods as previous students 12/8/08 2:20 PM A nice, coherent description of method; shows student’s understanding of the advantages and disadvantages and strengths and weaknesses of the method used; elegantly conceived theoretical or new mathematical approach to a problem; new methods, techniques, instruments, or devices that make a quantum leap; develops an algorithm; codes data in a way that yields stable and efficient results Very Good Page 30 Results/Data Analysis Outstanding Provides a coherent introduction and summary of the results; has enough detail to provide understanding of intermediate steps; finds and analyzes challenging data; applies a known technique to a new context; analyzes the data in a new way and obtains better, more believable results or information thought impossible to obtain Very Good Acceptable Contains a large amount of high-quality data; thoroughly investigates almost all sources of error.

Learn and internalize the professional standards of your discipline. Come up with a clearly defined researchable question or problem whose answer/results will be important to your field. Know the literature in your field and in related fields, especially as it relates to your dissertation topic. Take the initiative to explore new ideas and new literatures. Look at other fields and other disciplines for ideas. Do what you say you are going to do in your dissertation proposal or something very close to it, but remember, ideas evolve and so should your research.

Cite only books or review articles, go back to the original papers. Take the literature at face value. Present a descriptive summary of the literature devoid of critical analysis of it. Cite papers you have not read or do not understand. Plagiarize or misuse your sources. • • • • Omit theory. Use the wrong theory(ies). Use the theory(ies) or equations inappropriately. Build theory when there is no need for theory. • • Theory • • • • Link your theory to your research question(s), methods, and observations.

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