Monday, May 3, 2010

Thesis Defense

The classical thesis defense, I am told, used to look something like this:

The brilliant professor sits, blowing wisdom out of his nostrils, while the student peaks over the edge of a mushroom nervously, hoping to be allowed to pass. Grad students to this day have nightmares that their defense will be this way.

Students: never fear. All you have to do to prevent that is to come up with a thesis idea so preposterous that only nutcases will be willing to serve on your committee and you can have a defense that looks like this instead:

Trust me. I had one Thursday. It was wonderful.


  1. I agree with you that people doesn’t have to be afraid with their thesis defense. If you really know what the content of your paper from thesis abstracts up until the conclusion. Then you really have nothing to be scared of. Just keep calm and answer the question with all you’ve got!


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