Terry's Thesis Acknowledgments

Surprisingly one of the details that causes stress for so many graduate students writing their dissertation is writing the acknowledgment section. The difficulty lies in creating an even balance between considering everyone you’d like to thank for making meaningful contributions to your work and the political consideration of who needs to be included regardless of their contributions. Here are 10 tips for writing a dissertation acknowledgement section properly:

Doctoral thesis acknowledgments - Taisho Conference

If the OP is conflicted they should leave it out and shouldn't mention it, I would be really surprised if anyone (even the advisor notices), unless I am wrong and advisors are starved of praise and desperate for a note in paper that few if anyone will ever read? Many of the posts say it would a bad career move to not include the acknowledgments... are search committee noticing you left one out? That is a stretch... Academic hiring committees have better things to do, and thousands of other pages to read.I think it is better to leave it out and ignore the situation than it is to write a dishonest one. In the end, two months from now, no one is going to care that you didn't have an acknowledgment section. But if you write one that is really a backhanded compliment your advisor is going to notice and that will further test a weak relationship....


Chemjobber has a  up asking readers what information they put in the acknowledgments sections of their dissertations.

This section is often written at the last minute. If you're in a rush, we've put together an article that should help you write your dissertation acknowledgements section in 10 minutes or less. It's certainly not the only way to write the acknowledgments section, but it's a fairly robust one. You can access it . However, since the person marking your dissertation may also have helped you at some point, it is worth spending more time getting this right if you can.