Discussion On Ph.D. Thesis Proposals in Computing Science

Outstanding Thesis in Social Sciences and Education : Identity Discrepancy, Male Role Norms, and Mental and Physical Health

Personally I wouldn’t touch a thesis, especially a PhD thesis in science! But that’s just me.

It is proposed that every doctoral thesis in science and the applied sciences should contain as part of the summary the appropriate retrieval information for the subject matter of the thesis. It would include, as appropriate, key citations and patents, registry numbers, unique names of chemical compounds, key words, subject headings, and details of mechanical and computer searches. A detailed example is given.


Senior Program in Science 188L Senior Thesis in Science 190L and 191

2009 Society of the College Prize, awarded annually for most outstanding thesis in Science, Technology, and Society, University of Pennsylvania

Outstanding Thesis in Social Sciences and Education : Health-Related Quality of Life and Suicidal Behaviors in Primary Care Patients: Conditional Indirect Effects via Interpersonal Needs and Depressive Symptoms


It is almost impossible to define what a Ph.D. thesis in ComputingSciences ought to be. Neither can we characterize the differencesbetween an acceptable one and an unacceptable one. No one can presentthe candidate with a prescription for success when he embarks on hisstudies. We cannot predict who among the entering research studentswill succeed, who will lose interest and drift away, who will workhard for three years at what they perceive to be genuine research onlyto leave in great bitterness after discovering that they have nothingto present in theses. There are no formulas which tell us how toconduct research in this science, what steps to take, what things toavoid. The same road can lead to progress and results for one personand to disaster for another.Students admitted to the Honors Thesis Program will enroll in PS198 and PS199 in the fall and spring semesters respectively. At the end of the fall term, the student must schedule a meeting of the committee to report on her or his progress and present at least one chapter of the thesis. If the committee determines at this meeting that insufficient progress has been made on the thesis, the thesis project will be terminated. In this case the student will receive one political science credit (for independent study) and a letter grade. The completed thesis must be submitted no later than the first week of April of the senior year. In order to complete the program, honors thesis students must successfully pass an oral examination on the subject of the thesis. The examination will be conducted by the student's thesis committee.

NOTE: During Fall 2015, PS 198 (Senior Thesis Seminar) will be taught by Professor Eichenberg on Thursday afternoons in the seminar block ("8", Thu. 1:30-4:00pm). All thesis writers in Political Science MUST enroll in seminar PS 198.

The program is coordinated by Professors Eichenberg and Masuoka.

Professor Richard Eichenberg's office hours:
Tuesdays 2:00-3:15pm | Wednesdays 1:00-2:15pm

Professor Natalie Masuoka's office hours:
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm, and by appointment