10 September 2012

Dissertation Submitted

I submitted my dissertation to the Graduate School. I am finally done. Completed. Finito. Finished.

Yes folks, after seven years, I have written a dissertation, defended it, revised it, and submitted it. I defended my dissertation in front of my committee last July 30, and for the next couple of weeks, I have been revising it, until my adviser said that it was good. And yeah, that was a good feeling.

Hence, when he said that he only had stylistic comments, I met with him, and we went over it. Once it was finished, I submitted the PDF to the Graduate School. I paid 55 USD to have it copyrighted and filed to the United States Library of Congress. It will be available to the databases in a few weeks through ProQuest/UMI.

At the same time, my adviser told the department's Graduate Secretary that she could go ahead and turn in my M-Form to the Graduate School as well. Hence, all three elements in order to graduate in September are now in place: my M-Form, the dissertation, and the NSF survey, which I did a few weeks ago.

There, I am done with school. I am not a student anymore, as of the beginning of this month. Here's to new surroundings, new environments, and new challenges.

(Lines, from my Museum of Modern Art Series)


  1. Yay! I'm surprised you have to pay to have it copyrighted though. I guess I never know how intellectual property works, but isn't it something de facto as long as you can prove your wrote it?

    1. Zhu,

      The way I understand it is that there are several types of copyright. Of course, if you're an artist, then you automatically have copyright to your work. The same thing goes if you wrote something, like a dissertation. However, what I did was I went the extra step and filed it with the Library of Congress, and I think that part is the one that cost money. As it seems to be standard procedure in dissertations, I went ahead and did it.