Research Study on Theses and Dissertations

If you are a graduate student working on your master thesis or doctorate dissertation, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to examine the feelings graduate students have and the amount of progress they make toward completing their master thesis or doctoral dissertation.

If you are working on your thesis or dissertation this semester, please consider joining our study.

The study will use an experiential sampling method. Participants will be asked to complete a series of weekly surveys. The study will occur over a 10-12 week period and should take no more than a total of 4 hours. You will be asked to complete an initial set of surveys about your personal characteristics (about an hour). You will then be asked to complete a weekly survey about your feelings, goal progress, and weekly goals (about 15 minutes a week). At the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete a survey on your productivity and satisfaction with your progress.

If you complete all of the surveys, you will receive a gift card that can be used to buy a valuable resource related to thesis and dissertation writing. Your participation may also benefit you because you will be asked to monitor your weekly progress. You may be helping future graduate students because we hope that the results of this research project will provide insight into what works and what doesn’t work when writing a thesis or dissertation.

Please consider volunteering your time to help us address these important questions. We really appreciate your willingness to lend a hand and contribute to this research project.

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