Sarah Reichardt Dissertation Format

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Today, colleges and universities offer master's and doctoral degrees in increasing numbers. Many students enroll in these programs, and in many cases, they do not receive appropriate guidance and support in conceptualizing, conducting, and writing an original research study. This is evidenced by an estimated 40% to 50% of doctoral students nationwide who complete their course work but not the final act of writing their dissertation. They become ABDs (all-but-dissertation). This represents a tremendous waste of time, money, and energy.

In reviewing the literature, I discovered very few useful, comprehensive books that guide master's or doctoral students through the formidable and demanding process of crafting a high-quality research study. This book offers the practical guidance often lacking in doctoral programs and in the literature about planning, writing, and defending a dissertation. Doctoral students need to (1) get a clear picture of what it takes to write a high-quality research study and see it as doable; (2) understand it as a psychological and human relations venture as much as a research exercise; (3) feel encouraged and supported in their efforts; (4) experience the process as a satisfying, rewarding, and exciting journey; and (5) finish!

I wrote this book to satisfy the existing need for a clear, concise, cut-to-the-chase guidebook for completing a doctoral dissertation. The Dissertation Journey provides a step-by-step guide on how to plan, write, and defend a dissertation. Its structure parallels the dissertation process and presents detailed information about the content and process from conceptualizing a topic to publishing the results. It addresses the psychological and emotional barriers students confront and provides up-to-date information on using the computer and the Internet in the various stages of dissertating. The style is personal, informal, and conversational—much like a coach talking one-on-one with a student. To enhance learning and clarify concepts, I included a myriad of examples together with helpful hints, checklists, and quotations. Since writing a dissertation can be a bewildering and overwhelming experience for students, I use the metaphor of climbing a mountain for inspiration and to maintain interest and motivation to persevere in spite of obstacles.

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For the past 22 years, I have had the opportunity to teach doctoral students at the University of La Verne—a premier doctoral program in California known for its innovative approach to educating leaders. The faculty provides a relevant, practical, and high-quality program focused on helping students succeed in completing their dissertation. The one-to-one coaching, group tutorials, videos, online discussions, webinars, and research seminars are exemplary techniques for teaching the dissertation process. As a result, our students’ graduation rate is 81%—almost twice that of the national average.

The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation incorporates many approaches and techniques taught in the University of La Verne's doctoral program. These techniques, plus the insights and knowledge I gained from years of experience teaching and guiding dissertation students, serve as a valuable road map for the dissertation journey and, hopefully, make the task more understandable, easier, more enjoyable, and less time-consuming. This is not a complete work on writing dissertations, nor could it be; the scope would be overwhelming. The book does not include detailed information on certain aspects of academic research, such as design and methodology, data analysis techniques, or writing style and mechanics. I reference appropriate books that concentrate on these technical areas.

This book is geared toward the specific needs and concerns of doctoral students as they proceed through each step of the dissertation process. It focuses primarily on the social sciences; however, graduate students in most academic disciplines desiring to complete a research study should find the book's content useful and applicable. Generally, the steps for writing a thesis and a dissertation are much the same regardless of the topic or discipline; they vary primarily in scope and complexity. Graduate faculty involved with student research should also find the book's ideas and suggestions beneficial. It eliminates the need to answer over and over again those questions that students routinely ask. Universities vary considerably in their dissertation requirements and procedures. In addition, there is considerable diversity among the preferences of advisors and departments within a university. The suggestions offered in this book should not be considered final, nor should they preempt the judgment and opinions of research advisors and committees.

Researching and writing a thesis or dissertation should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience—one students can comprehend and most of all complete. There is a better way than letting half or more of our nation's doctoral students become ABDs. It is my hope that this book, with its straight talk, step-by-step guidance, and practical advice, will make the journey to “doctor” smoother and, in the process, help beat the overwhelming odds of ABDism.

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MSc Geophysics: Completed Thesis Projects

2018

  • Eid, Baha’ (2018), Application of Paleomagnetism to Track the Jurassic True Polar Wander in Mount Lebanon, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Parsi, Mandana (2018), Extending Measuring Capability of the SushiBar, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.

2017

  • Bigalke, Tobias (2017), 3-D Q Variations from Mantle Circulation Models and their Effects on Travel Times and Amplitudes of Seismic Waves, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Chow, Bryant (2017), Analysis of rotational motion amplitudes on local and global scales, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Ellenbeck, Laura (2017), Effects of a 3-D crust on diffraction-induced dispersion of traveltime residuals in a mantle circulation model, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Joshi, Rakshit (2017), The case for 6-component ground motion observations in planetary seismology, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Khoshkhoo, Hosna (2017), Application of Passive Noise Interferometry for Structural Health Monitoring of a Concrete Bridge – Case Study: Klöffelsberg Bridge, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Prabhu, Ameya (2017), Measuring space weather signals in geomagnetic observations on the ground, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Riedl, Christian (2017), A Seismic Noise Map for the Greater Munich Area, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Schwaiger, Tobias (2017), Analysis of the Magnetic Field in Numerical Dynamo Simulations with Different Aspect Ratios, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Singh, Sneha (2017), Effects of small-scale heterogeneities on seismic wavefield: translational vs. rotational motions, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Taiwo, Ayodeji (2017), Estimating Plume Travel Times and Dynamic Topography: A Study of Synthetic Experiments, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Taufiqurrahman, Taufiqurrahman (2017), Application of 6C Sensors to VSP Experiments, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Verna, Alessandro (2017), Six Components Recordings of Ambient Noise - The Future of Microzonation?, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Wong, Jiunn Lin (2017), Fortran 90 Implementation of Finite Difference - Summation-by-Parts (SBP) - Simultaneous Approximation Term (SAT) method for 3D Seismic Wave Propagation, Master Thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.

2016

  • Franco Bedoya, Esteban (2016), Rayleigh Wave Dispersion Curves from Array Derived Rotation and Translational Motion, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Talavera Soza, Sujania (2016), Kinematic ground-motion simulations for complex geometry earthquakes, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Vargas Otalora, David (2016), Continental Scale Full Waveform Inversion of the Antarctic Region, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Weingärtner, Mirjam (2016), Dynamic ruptures on geometrically complex fault systems: the Húsavík-Flatey Fault in North Iceland, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.

2015

  • Burmann, Fabian (2015), Effect of the inner core conductivity on the reversing behavior of the geodynamo, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Calayag, Angelica (2015), Stress inversion of the 2013 Mt. Hochstaufen swarm earthquakes, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Esfahani, Sayed Ali Khoshouei (2015), Magnetotactic bacteria population dependency on sediment porosity, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • König, Peter (2015), Relative relocation, cluster analysis and estimation of spatial and temporal Vp/Vs changes of swarm earthquakes at Mt Hochstaufen, Germany, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Lindner, Fabian (2015), Array derived rotation of ambient noise measured in Ireland, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Pincini, James (2015), Adaptation & Evaluation of a Caesium-Vapour Magnetometer for Geophysical Prospection on Archaeological Sites, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Ranjan, Rohit (2015), Modeling Seismic Risk for India, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Reinwald, Michael (2015), Reducing non-uniqueness in probabilistic finite fault inversion for a normal fault, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Rothenhäusler, Nicolas (2015), Analysis of ambient seismic noise sources for Parkfield using three-component beamforming, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Schober, Sandra (2015), Microseismic Characterization of Rock Fracturing induced by Ice Segregation in a Long-term Laboratory Experiment, Master's thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Stenzel, Fabian (2015), A mantle convection model with cratonic roots – through lateral viscosity variations in the upper mantle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Wehler, Moritz (2015), Numerical simulation of waveform propagation on local scale for shallow, induced earthquakes in Unterhaching, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Wölfl, Florian (2015), Three Dimensional Regional / Continental Scale Tomographic Model Using the Adjoint Method, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.

2014

  • Hable, Sarah (2014), Monitoring Postseismic Velocity Changes at Parkfield with 3-Component Records, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Juan Santiago, Velasquez Rodriguez (2014), Processing of body-wave data from the Colombian National Seismic Network for finite-frequency tomography in the Caribbean region, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Leberer, Martin (2014), Magnetic Properties of a High-Energy Planetary Ball Milled Iron-Nickel Alloy and Dependence on Milling Duration and Consequent Grain Size, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Manoli, Stella (2014), Fluxgate Magnetometer for Archaeological Prospecting. Adaptation, Installation, Set-up and comparative measurements with Caesium Magnetometer on Archaeological sites in Bavaria., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Nerger, Amaryllis (2014), Simulation of earthquake rupture dynamics under rate-and-state friction and effects on the generated ground motions in a dipping fault system, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Salvermoser, Johannes (2014), Non-Destructive Testing of a Civil structure using Seismic Signals, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Schäfer, Andreas (2014), State-of-the-Art Review and Analysis in Earthquake Forecasting, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Tang Eysh, Behnam (2014), Numerical Analysis of the ADER-DG Method for Dynamic Earthquake Ruptures on Bi-material faults, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.

2013

  • Baykiev, Eldar (2013), Improvement of cross-correlation measurements on seismic waveforms with Python-based tools, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Borscz, Benjamin (2013), Adding a Lithospheric Model to Geodynamically Derived Seismic Mantle Structures, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Gräber, Claudia (2013), The Influence of Anelasticity on the Temperature Sensitivity of Seismic Wave Velocities and its Impact on Seismic Observations, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Haas, Michael (2013), Modeling Seismic Risk for Central American Countries, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Krishna, Shubham (2013), Rayleigh numbers and convection modelling, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Smid, Pieter (2013), Estimating the Earth’s magnetic field intensity from the swimming properties of magnetotactic bacteria, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics.
  • Wietek, Alexander (2013), Array Derived Rotation Estimation of Phase Velocities Using Spatial Autocorrelation Arrays

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