Tag Archives: Thesis

Improve Your Research Skills! Sign up for an NYU Libraries Class Today

Need help managing and organizing your research sources? Using and analyzing data sets? Integrating metadata into a digital humanities project?
Bobst Library has several upcoming  classes that cover citation management tools (like RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero), data sets and software, and digital humanities topics.

Bobst Library class schedule and sign-up:

Twelve Draper Students to Present at Threesis!

We are proud to announce that this year, Draper has the highest participation in Threesis if any department in the Graduate School of Arts & Science! Come out to support your Draper colleagues on April 11!

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: Final Round begins at 4:00pm. Doors open at 3:30pm.
Location: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center,
60 Washington Square South, Room 401

RSVP for this event by clicking this link: http://gsas.nyu.edu/object/gsas.threesis2015.rsvp

The Threesis Academic Challenge is an academic competition for GSAS master’s students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (e.g. creative project, science experiment or research paper) in three minutes or less to a panel of judges in accessible language a non-expert can understand. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts, and presentation skills. Students compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere.

GSAS will award prizes totaling $3,000 and departments participating in the GSAS Threesis Incentive Program will award $300 to finalists from participating departments and programs. By attending the event you will have a chance to vote for the 2015 GSAS Threesis Audience Choice Winner.

Wine and cheese reception to follow the program.

Click here to learn more about the event and see video of winning presentations as well as highlights from last year’s event.

Wrangling Your References: Research Management in the Real World

April 8, 3:00 – 4:30PM at the Grad Exchange (Bobst 10th Floor)

  • Do you want to spend the least amount of time possible on compiling and formatting the bibliography for your thesis or dissertation?
  • Do you seemingly have over a thousand article PDFs, all with unhelpful names like “gfc.211005.5.1.56,” saved in a hundred different folders across multiple computers?
  • Have you ever panicked at the thought of citing a tweet in APA style?
  • Do you want to learn more about different tools and workflows for managing and organizing your research?

If so, join NYU Libraries for  “Wrangling Your References: Research Management in the Real World,” a panel discussion about different options for research and citation management, to be held on April 8, 2015, 3-4:30pm, in the Grad Exchange (Bobst Library, 10th Floor).

Three researchers from different fields will be revealing their personal secrets to making the research/writing process easier and more effective. Librarians will also be on hand to answer all your questions about personal research management tools like EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks/FLOW, and Zotero, including which one is right for you.

Light refreshments will be served! RSVP at http://nyu.libcal.com/event.php?id=936477

Important Upcoming Draper Dates and Info

Wednesday, April 16, 5:00pm
Draper Thesis Deadline for students graduating in spring 2014. Need more info about how to submit or what happens after that? Your questions should be answered here.

Friday, April 18 – Tuesday, April 22
Georgia will be out of the office. This means Draper will be short-staffed. Our office will be open normal hours (9am-5pm) but please be aware that it may take us longer than usual to respond to inquiries.
Thursday, May 15, 5:00pm
Draper end-of-semester party and celebration of graduating students! Friends and family welcome! More info to come.
Graduation ceremonies:
In addition to the Draper party, spring 2014 graduates as well as grads from summer or fall 2013 are eligible to walk in the all-NYU Commencement and/or the GSAS-specific Convocation. Please peruse these websites for more information on attire, tickets, etc. The registration deadline for GSAS Convocation is April 23.
Please note that only students who have completed all their degree requirements are eligible to walk in either of these ceremonies. Students who complete their requirements past the current deadlines are welcome to walk in next year’s ceremonies.

Reminders! MA writing workshop is tomorrow (new time) and Ph.D. Bootcamp starts Saturday!

Spring MA Thesis Writing Workshop
Led by Emma Heaney and Robin Nagle
Friday, March 28
Draper Map Room
14 University Place
Will you be writing your thesis sometime in the next few semesters? Wonder where to start and how to get organized? Curious about honing a topic and finding an advisor? The thesis writing workshop will answer these and other pressing questions. Emma Heaney and Robin Nagle will help you learn how to approach the project with less stress and more focus (even if you won’t be writing your thesis for a while).
Ph.D. Application Bootcamp
A multi-session workshop led by Theresa MacPhail & Alan Itkin
Please note: Students *must* have attended a PhD Application Workshop to participate in the Bootcamp. Both sessions of the Bootcamp are required. 

Session One: Saturday, March 29,  Noon – 2:00 pm

Session Two: Saturday, April 12,  Noon – 2:00 pm

Draper Map Room

14 University Place

RSVP: draper.program@nyu.edu

So you know that you want to get a Ph.D. You’ve attended the Ph.D. workshop at Draper and you’ve decided that academic life is right for you. Now the real fun begins. 

You need to put together a great application, an application that sings your praises to admissions committees, that entices them into offering you a great admissions package. But, in order to do that, you have to know a few things first.

This bootcamp is designed for students who know that they want to go on to doctoral study. Over the course of two sessions, we will prepare you for the Ph.D. application process by helping you to get your research proposals in shape. These personal statements are the keystones of your entire application; we  can’t stress enough how much they matter to your success in gaining entry to the program(s) of your choice.

In session one of the series, we’ll spend some time discussing what you’ll need to do for session two. In sum, you’ll need to come to session one with some idea of the discipline(s) you’re interested in. You’ll also need to have some idea about the schools/cities/programs in which you can envision yourself for the next 5-7 years of your academic life. Then, we’ll discuss strategy for Ph.D. applications and homework for the next session.WARNING: This is a bootcamp. There will be a large amount of research, prep work, and writing for session two.

In the second session, you will be responsible for bringing a draft of a personal statement with a semi-fleshed out research project to class for work-shopping and peer review. In addition, you must bring a list of your top 5 schools/programs and know which professors you might want to work with – or who might want to work with you – at each school. You should be able to explain the differences among the programs (each school typically has its own approach to the disciplines) and how you’ll craft a slightly different personal statement for each unique program. 
These events are for Draper students only.