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Stage 3. Research Phase

Research and Scholarly Work

Process and Policy

Feedback and Evaluation

Lay out the basic thesis/dissertation structure

Set a schedule for research and thesis/dissertation completion

Work on writing skills and proper use of citations

Have student assist in review of publications

Review chapters as drafts are available

Discuss intellectual property handling with the student

Maintain student progress: Meet regularly and review the completion schedule

Assign appropriate S/U grades

Best Practices

The biggest problem during this period will be to ensure that the student is making timely progress on the thesis/dissertation. Good practice says to meet regularly with your student. Meeting once a week is recommended, although this will vary by subject matter and expectations.

Please refer back to the schedule that you developed with the student about chapter delivery at your regular meetings with the student to ensure that the schedule is being maintained. If not, then either redo the schedule or have a frank discussion with the student about your expectations for progress. If necessary, please document in writing the progress to date at certain points.

Research and Scholarly Work

  • Lay out the thesis or dissertation with the student, so they can see the chapters that must be written, and provide assignment deadlines for the chapters that are realistic. This will help students with procrastination and motivation issues and keep everyone on track. The deadlines can be flexible as the research warrants.

Process and Policy

  • Have a discussion with your student about intellectual property and the necessity, if it exists, for holding the dissertation pending copyright or patent. Both you and the student need to understand and agree on how the dissertation will be handled, once approved.
  • Review the choices that UCF allows for ETD dissemination (release) and advise the student on the option that is best for their research. This decision does not have to be made until the beginning of the student's last semester of thesis or dissertation.

Feedback and Evaluation

  • Please do not continue to give S (Satisfactory) grades on research hours if students are not making adequate degree progress.
  • If a student's performance becomes unacceptable at any point, please familiarize yourself with the requirements found in the Assistantships section of the Graduate Guide regarding the "Resignation Process" and "Early Termination Before End of Appointment" for assistantship students.


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