Thursday, November 03, 2005
It's getting closer and closer....
Well, yes, Christmas IS getting closer, as is the date of my birthday (when I will receive my banjo; and Josh is throwing me a birthday party, which is one of sweetest things I ever did hear). But also...
My Proposal Defense.
If all goes well, my proposal defense will be Wednesday, December 7th, in the afternoon. So far it looks good; I've just sent an email out to my committee confirming that date as good for them. They'd all said earlier this week that it would be fine, but I know a lot of other people are scheduling defences in December, so I have to check. My friend Rosa is defending her proposal Dec. 14. Katie Kirby's dissertation defense will be sometime in early December. Amy Peters' defense will be sometime in December. Maybe some others... my friends Paul and Ariane are also getting close to defending theirs.
Once it's defended, I'm officially A.B.D. -- which, obviously enough, stands for "All But Dissertation." It means that all that stands between me and my PhD is writing the damn thing. This proposal defense is the last hoop I have to jump through until I defend the actual dissertation.
Anyway, the proposal "defense" is mostly my committee making sure that my project sounds good and doable... it's more a chance to make sure I'm on the right track, mention things I should make sure to include, that sort of thing.
Here's the committee: My advisor, Dr. Michael Baur (who did his PhD in Toronto with Graeme Nicholson, lovely lovely Graeme), my two readers, Dr. John Davenport and Dr. Merold Westphal (warning, that's a pdf file), and my examiner, Dr. James Marsh, who is retiring at the end of this year.
Wish me luck getting this damn thing scheduled, and getting the revisions to my proposal finished in time! I'll have to hand in the final copy of my proposal two weeks before the defense date.
jane 12:43 PM [+]