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  • Upcoming committee meeting

    Posted on April 20th, 2014 Rosemary Zlokas No comments

    I am really excited (and possibly a little nervous) for my first committee meeting this week.  On Thursday, I will be meeting with Dr. Jones, Dr. Mollin, and Dr. Cline to discuss my thesis proposal.  I have already discussed this project several times over with each of them, but I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say after reading my whole proposal.  It also helps that I have had each member as a teacher already, so I (hopefully) know what to expect in terms of their critiques and can begin to anticipate what they will have to say.

    Here is what I hope to come away from this meeting with:

    • Suggestions for changes to the proposal
    • A narrowed scope, possibly a more specific time frame
    • A refinement of my proposed sources
    • Suggestions for additional sources, if need be
    • A better and more clear summer research plan
    • Suggestions for how to better approach my historiography
    • Suggestions on what to clarify (especially terms and ideas)
    • Realigning (and possibly eliminating) some subquestions and subarguments
    • Assurance that this project is worthwhile pursuing
    • That all of my committee members are on board
    • An understanding of what the “public history” component/requirements will be

    Here is what I hope my committee members come away from this meeting with:

    • Feelings of excitement over this project!
    • Opinions that this project is worthwhile pursing
    • Answers to any questions they may have
    • Assurances for any concerns they may have
    • A better understanding (and appreciation) for my topic
    • A feeling that we can work well together, along with the other committee members

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    • Thanks for the list of what you hope to get out of the committee meeting! At this point I think it’s safe to assume we are all “on board” and think it’s a project worth pursuing. Refining, narrowing, helping you focus…that’s what I hope will happen.

    • tayloringradschool

      Piggybacking off of Dr. Jones’s comment, don’t be nervous! They clearly want to work with you like your project, so now they’re just for help 🙂 And I think what you want to get out of the meeting speaks directly to narrowing down, which is great. Wishing you luck!

    • I like your lists! Very organized thinking!

      I am also wondering about the public history component of my project as well…if it is even possible for me to do! I think what you stated in another blog entry about having a digital part to your thesis was a great idea.

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