Creating the Thesis

Having selected a thesis project (Conducting Research), and created a plan to achieve your thesis goals (Developing the Proposal), now it’s time to begin the actual thesis work.

Working on a thesis is different from taking a class with an instructor - you are now the one who sets the schedule, brings together materials, makes project choices, and produces the final results, mindful of any graduation dates you are hoping to meet.

Putting together a thesis can seem daunting at times, but you aren’t alone in all of this. After your thesis proposal has been approved, you will transition from working with a Research Advisor to working with a Thesis Director. Your Thesis Director is typically selected by your Research Advisor towards the end of the proposal process (unless your Research Advisor has specified otherwise to you).

Important first steps to start your thesis work in the right direction will be to:

  • Review your thesis proposal with your Thesis Director
  • Work out a schedule for regular meetings
  • Establish a working relationship and check on expectations

Reviewing expectations with your director for the final thesis product is important as the thesis is a graded project and your Thesis Director will be the main contributor to establishing the final grade.

In the sections that make up Creating the Thesis you will learn:

  • How to get started with your thesis work
  • How to follow through to complete your thesis project

along with:

  • How to get approval for your final thesis - It will need to be approved by both your Thesis Director and your Research Advisor

You will also find information about:

  • Thesis deadlines
  • Other available resources
  • Uploading the final version of your thesis

The key to completing a thesis is to make sure you have created as detailed a work plan as possible as part of your thesis proposal, and that you then follow through with your plan. The more that you can anticipate ahead of time, the smoother the process will be for you.