STEMskiller: Skill Set Map for Mentors of Early Career Researchers
Writing up a doctoral dissertation (PhD thesis)
As noted in the introduction to this section, a doctoral dissertation (PhD thesis) is typically required in order to achieve the PhD title. Institutions typically have guidelines for formatting theses at the institutional level (e.g. layout templates). No one system exists guaranteeing success of the dissertation writing process, and mentees should view the writing tasks as a "capstone" of their academic experience and, should they choose to stay in academia, as a calling card for future employers which will stay with them throughout their careers. Thus, dissertation writers should strive for excellence, if they aim for international research careers.
Useful resources on Writing up a PhD thesis:
University of British Columbia Library. (2020). Resources for Dissertation Writing. https://guides.library.ubc.ca/dissertation
Online writing sources and list of useful books which your own library may have.
University Writing Center, Texas A&M. (2021). Dissertation proposals. https://writingcenter.tamu.edu/Students/Writing-Speaking-Guides/Alphabetical-List-of-Guides/Academic-Writing/Dissertation-Proposals
Video and transcript describing the initial stages of a dissertation writing project.
Tags: IPS; IA; IPS WC; IPS R; IPS IL; PSR ER; CompS
Peer Review: None
Table of contents:
- 1.2. Academic reading and writing
- 1.2.1. Preparing to write
- 1.2.2. Writing specifics for different academic formats
- 1.2.3. Grant proposals
- 1.2.4. Corresponding with others
Author: Stephanie Krueger
Peer Reviewer(s): None
Last Updated: October 22, 2021