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no, I haven't received anything yet. As far as I know the council meets for the first time this year on February 4 and I can expect a letter after that.
Happened to me before that I have something important which straddles two different years. I published two articles in different journals. They published the online version with DOI in October of one year and the printed version in January the next year. Frustrating.
I have a brief question. I had my viva in December 2009 with the result that the PhD was awarded with minor corrections. The report was completed and sent off in December as well. I did the corrections in early January this year and submitted the signed form that everything has been completed with a hard-bound copy of the thesis. The thesis date was September 2009, I asked my supervisor what date I should put in for the final hard-bound version and he said to use the original date when the thesis was submitted for examination (September 2009).
I am waiting for the official letter from academic council to tell me that I have been awarded the degree and info on the graduation date (I think graduation in my school is not until June).
So when writing when I was awarded the PhD what do I say? Do I use the year 2009 because this is when the examiners decided to recommend the award of the PhD and it is also the submission year of the thesis, or do I go with 2010?
The corrections have been accepted by my internal examiner today. So final steps are: just printing off the corrected version on quality paper, get it hard-bound and submit it. It's finally over.
I wish everyone the best of luck, whether you are at the beginning with your research, in the middle of it or at the end, fingers and toes crossed for you all! (up)
Well, I finally bit the bullet and made all the corrections over the last three days. I think they are ok but I now have to wait to find out if it is enough so I can print the thing off again and hand it in (for the final time). The snow helped as I was house-bound. (snowman)
How's everyone else getting on with corrections and amendments? Wish you all the best and all the energy and strength to get it done quickly. I'd say my final post will be once I know that everything is completely finished.
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well, I managed a sentence here and there for my corrections but am still avoiding the main chunks of it. The more I try to do it the more I hate it and have an (almost) physical dislike of doing anything with it. This is weird. It should be over but it isn't and I really cannot see how they can term these corrections "minor". Blasted thesis. :-s
EDIT: Sorry someone3 I only saw your question now. I read it in Rowena Murray's book on how to write your thesis. I must say thought that in the end all the books I bought on thesis writing etc did not really help me really. I had 6 months to go, didn't have a first draft then and had to do something. About 2 month before submission date I had my first draft ready. Got it back with suggested changes. Did it over again and submitted 3 weeks before my deadline ran out. So, maybe this may give some people hope, yes you can write everything in a month if you really have no more time left but I wouldn't recommend it. For some, like me it was the only option as I did not heed my supervisors' advice on starting to write early.
yes, it's like there's a barrier now that your brain has to get through. I honestly did not think it would be like this. If these are minor corrections how do the major corrections look like?
As for your feeling of loss, I think I read somewhere that some students will suffer some kind of "bereavement" after completing their research thesis. I can believe that, certainly after what you said it must be quite depressing. I myself do not have that feeling (or maybe it'll wait till it is really over, after submitting the corrected version and graduation?). It's almost schizophrenic: I want this thing to be over and done with but I don't want too look at it again either. :p
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thanks and Happy New Year to you, too! :-)
Yes, I know you are absolutely right, it will be worth it in the end and it may seem I am a bit ungrateful having gotten through the viva process and am now "whinging" about the corrections. I did do all the grammar and typos so far. It is just the real work that's now getting me down. Having to go back and rethink certain decisions I made for example, justifying certain aspects which have been shown during the viva not to be entirely justifiable etc.
I haven't been given a time limit but was hoping to carry out all corrections by the end of January. It seems doubtful however, as I cannot get myself to do it or raise the energy to do it.
And from reading what you wrote I know I am not the only one without energy which makes me feel a bit better. ;-)
Maybe a motivational thread for all who have still minor or major corrections to do after their viva may be in order? Also (to the ADMINS) is there a possibility in future for a post-doc section (e.g. Post-doc life) for this forum? Would be great to continue reading about how and what people are doing after their PhD experience.
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