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Second Year Workload

By now, you should at a minimum have completed a polished, detailed outline, including a Table of Contents, and it should be approved by your Dissertation Chairperson.  This outline is your road map, or game plan, for writing your dissertation.

Ideally, you spent the summer working on 1 or 2 chapters of your dissertation, particularly the "Review of the Literature" chapter.

During this coming year you should make substantial progress on your dissertation.  for some of you, if you are well-organized and focused, it may be possible even to complete your dissertation.

Accordingly, this 2nd year should be focused on producing draft chapters, on a chapter-by-chapter basis, and meeting with your Chairperson regularly to assess your drafts and have them approved.

Your Chairperson is likely to have comments on your dissertation, which you are responsible for incorporating faithfully into your draft.

Please note your Chairperson cannot edit your dissertation for correct English usage.  If there are uncertainties about your English language, then you may take your drafts to the KU Writing Center at Anschutz Library and seek assistance there.  The KWC offers 30-minute "writing consultations" for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The consultant's goal is to help the student revise and improve the paper the student brings in.  Please visit the KWC for more information.

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