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Masters defense.

Six hours of driving later, I find myself sitting in a friend's home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Tomorrow I head in to UPEI to defend the Masters research I started in January 2007 (The influence of pasture management intensity on the species richness and abundance of beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Staphylinidae and Curculionoidea) on a Nova Scotia pasture); I should have finished in 2009, but, when I moved back to Nova Scotia progress practically halted... I can blame only myself. But, none-the-less, I'm finally defending to get my Master of Science degree. It's been a long process, but, I've learned a lot; exactly what one should do in any degree Razz

The process will involve a presentation of my research and results, taking ~30 minutes, then another 30+ minutes of questions by the general public, my thesis committee and the university graduate studies committee. My PowerPoint is all ready to go, and I'm pretty confident, though I could probably run through the introduction one or tow more times to tighten it up, and I always look forward to the questioning after a presentation, it always brings up some new way of looking at the same old information I've looked at over 5 years, and challenges my knowledge of the subject, specific or general. My only real concern is whether or not the thesis will require much in the way of edits following the defense in order to be accepted. I really hate the editing process in writing, but, the end result will be a finely crafted, tight bit of literature. From there I can start looking into publishing in an appropriate journal or two.

Here goes nothing Wink

3 blog comments below

Good luck on that. Masters degree would really look good on you.
loremar on Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:54 am
Thanks, loremar.

The defense went pretty well, and the thesis has been conditionally accepted based on a couple editorial edits being made. I should have it out of my hands in the next week... Then I just have to start making plans for submission to some journals for publication. I'm going to need to do some extra analyses to get something that will be accepted by any journal worth it's salt, but, it'll be great to make my work accessible to the greater scientific community.
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:43 am
Congratulations Ankhanu! Best of luck getting published! I can't wait to read your article so hurry up already. laugh
standready on Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:07 am

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