Making graduate-level work more accessible while staying true to its nuance can, no doubt, be a difficult balancing act, but it is hoped that working to strike that balance will prove to be a valuable exercise that will lead students to reflect on their work from an alternate perspective and perhaps gain some new insight into its place in the world at large.
VANCOUVER — There was Patrick Stewart, Ph D candidate, defending his final dissertation before a handful of hard-nosed examiners at the University of British Columbia late last month. Stewart’s dissertation, titled Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge, eschews almost all punctuation.
A student's doctoral dissertation is a substantial piece of scholarly work that contains a significant contribution of new knowledge to the field of study.
It presents the results and an analysis of the student's original research, and should be significant enough to be publishable in the refereed literature.
Stewart decided to marry his professional and personal interests in architecture to indigenous cultures, and began his research. After two solid hours, someone finally called for a five-minute break. Once that ordeal ended, Stewart and the audience were instructed to leave the room. They voted whether to accept the controversial dissertation, or toss it phd candidate was called back inside the room he was told the vote was unanimous punctuation be damned he had passed Postmedia is pleased to bring you a new commenting experience.
It was a “very interesting experience,” Marker recalls. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles.Porter described a number of reasons for the new requirement, chief among which is the fact that, as they study at a public institution, UBC graduate students have a responsibility to be as transparent as possible with the taxpaying public about their work and its contributions to society or the state of knowledge in their field.Including an easily-understandable summary with all theses and dissertations is one way of better fulfilling that responsibility.Anyone who has had the experience of thrashing through a highly technical journal article, bouncing from sentence to sentence desperately searching for some kind of conceptual foothold, can tell you that academics can oftentimes be downright unintelligible to anyone outside their discipline.Last spring, UBC introduced new for master’s theses and doctoral dissertations with the goal of making academic writing more understandable for a general audience, part of a broader effort within the UBC graduate school of bridging the often sizeable gulf between academia and the “real world.”“We were concerned about students being able to explain what they did to the person in line at Safeway,” said , dean and vice-provost of the UBC graduate school.A student's examination committee must sign this form to confirm that the thesis is ready for final submission.The student submits the completed form to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.Without it, Stewart couldn’t complete his doctorate in interdisciplinary studies, which he’d been pursuing since 2010.It was his second attempt at a Ph D; Stewart says he “ran into similar problems” in the early 1990s at UBC, while working towards a doctorate.“Some couldn’t handle it.” To satisfy some of his critics, he began every thesis chapter with a short abstract, written in “standard academic English.” He refused to fiddle with the rest. Stewart submitted his “long run-on sentence” dissertation in late February.