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Stage 1. Initiating Thesis/Dissertation Work

Research and Scholarly Work

Process and Policy

Feedback and Evaluation

Outline a project that can be realistically completed

Identify potential journals for publication of research, so your student can become familiar with the types of work published and the formatting guidelines

Review proper use of citations

Advise student about good practices in scholarly writing in your discipline

Advise student to review university policies for thesis and dissertation

Have student review the program handbook and the Graduate Student Handbook, with special attention to expectations and requirements

Advise the student to attend ethics/responsible conduct of research workshops

Complete a Program of Study

Plan for the advisory committee to meet at least once per year

Best Practices

Research and Scholarly Work

  • Ensure that students use citations from authoritative sources, follow an acceptable citation style, and have complete citations.
  • Recommend that the student attend a citation management workshop offered by the UCF Libraries and consider using a citation management software. Share how you manage your own research work and what tools you have found helpful.

Process and Policy

  • The doctoral candidacy examination must be completed early enough so the student can be advanced to candidacy before the first day of classes for the semester in which they will begin to enroll in dissertation hours.
  • All transfer work, course substitutions, traveling scholar, and all exceptions to university requirements must be completed by this time.

Feedback and Evaluation

  • Have the advisory committee regularly evaluate the student on progress and record these evaluations in your student files.
  • Complete the Program of Study such that the student has time to complete all required coursework in a timely fashion.



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