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									Guidelines for CE Graduate Students

   Bruce Thomson           Josie Gibson
  Graduate Advisor      Coord. Of Advising
      277-4729               277-6633
 bthomson@unm.edu       jgibson@unm.edu

                 Fall 2004



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              Outline of Presentation

• Administrative aspects of CE graduate programs
• Academic requirements for M.S. & Ph.D. degrees
• Guidance
   • Selecting an advisor
   • Selecting a research topic
   • Completing project/thesis/dissertation
• http://www.unm.edu/~civil/




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     Top 10 Lives from Grad Students - 10

10.It doesn’t bother me that my old room mate is making
   $80K/yr working for an engineering design firm.




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      Admission to CE Graduate Program

• Requirements:
   • B.S. degree in engineering or science
   • GRE (quantitative & verbal)
   • Letters of recommendation
• Admission is by CE Graduate Advisor with consent of CE
  Graduate Committee




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              Remedial Course Work

• B.S.C.E. - No remedial course work for admission
• B.S., other engineering - Remedial courses may be needed
  prior to taking advanced courses
• B.S., non-engineering - Remedial courses:
   • Math through O.D.E.
   • Chemistry & Physics
   • Statics                 · Dynamics
   • Mech. Of Matls.         · Fluid Mechs.
   • Soil Mechs.             · Others ?


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                       Degrees

• WERC Certificate
• M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering
   • Construction           · Hydraulics
   • Environmental          · Geotechnical
   • Structural/Mechs.      · Transportation
   • Water Resources
• M. of Engr. In Hazardous Waste Engineering
• Master of Construction Management in progress
• Ph.D. in Engineering


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      Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 9

9. I’d be delighted to proofread your book/chapter/article




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          M.S. Degree Requirements - 1

• UNM 2001-2003 Catalog pg. 55, 375, 391
• Plan I - Thesis Option
   • 30 credits + 2 credits seminar (CE 691)
   • 24 credits classes
   • 6 credits thesis (CE 599)
   • M.S. Thesis - Public defense
   • Thesis expected of students supported as TA or RA




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          M.S. Degree Requirements - 2

• Plan II - M.S. Project
   • 33 credits + 2 credits seminar (CE 691)
   • 30 credits classes
   • 3 credits M.S. Project (CE 588)
   • Public defense of project
• Plan II - Course work only M.S.
   • 33 credits classes + 2 credits seminar (CE 691)
   • M.S. Comprehensive Examination



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      Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 8

8. My work has a lot of practical importance




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               Ph.D. Requirements

• Course work
   • 24 credits beyond M.S. degree (pg. 376)
   • 48 credits beyond B.S. degree
• 4 credits seminar (CE 691)
• Qualifying Examination
• Comprehensive Examination - Admission to Candidacy
   • Allows enrollment for dissertation credits
• Ph.D. Dissertation - Public Defense



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                Miscellaneous Points

• Core curriculum - Each area has 3 - 5 core classes, see CE
  Graduate Handbook
• Non-degree/transfer credits - A maximum of 12 credit
  hours of non-degree classes towards degree
• Time to complete degree:
   • M.S. - 7 years start to finish (no exceptions)
   • Ph.D. - 5 years after admission to candidacy




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         Administrative Considerations

• Really Important forms (http://www.unm.edu/~grad/)
   • M.S. - “Program of Studies”
      • Submit at least 1 semester before graduation
      • Recommend submitting after 18-21 credits
   • Ph.D. - “Application for Candidacy” - After passing
     Comprehensive Exam
• Project/Thesis/Dissertation Defense, & M.S. Comp. Exams
   • Notify OGS > 2 weeks before date of defense/exam
• “Intent to Graduate” form at start of last semester

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          Program of Studies Form
(http://unm.edu/~grad/eforms/pdf_forms/AC_masters.pdf)




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               “Gotcha” Requirements

• “I” grades become “F” grades after 1 semester (2 years if
  not enrolled at UNM.
• Students can’t defend their Project, Thesis, or Dissertation
  if their GPA < 3.0
• Once enrolled in CE 599 (Thesis) or CE 699
  (Dissertation), students must continue to enroll in these
  classes until graduation
• Students must be enrolled at UNM during the semester
  they intend to graduate


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      Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 7

7. I would never date an undergraduate




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            Project/Thesis/Dissertation

• Committees must have ³ 2 CE faculty
   • Ph.D. Committee must have 1 outside member
• Work with major professor to select Committee
   • Committee Members outside of UNM must be
     approved by OGS - takes ~1 month.
• Difference between M.S. Project & M.S. Thesis:
   • Gray area
   • Thesis must satisfy OGS requirements & appears in
     UNM library
   • Students supported by UNM expected to do thesis
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                   Selecting a Topic

• Selecting a good project/thesis/dissertation topic is often
  the single most difficult task in a student’s career
   • Generally topic selection requires iterative process
   • Work with major professor
• Topic can be related to employment, however, there must
  be component of project done explicitly to satisfy UNM
  degree requirements.




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    Top 10 Lies from Graduate Students - 6

6. Your latest article was so inspiring




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        Criteria for a Good Project/Thesis

• Clear statement of research hypothesis or question
   • Title
   • Statement of objectives
• Some info. on topic is available to student
• Expertise is available on-campus or within professional
  community for assistance
• Resources (money, equipment, time) are available for
  project
• Project has well defined end point.


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 A REALLY Bad Project/Thesis/Dissertation
              Proposal

• “I want to look at the following topic.”
   • Contains no research hypothesis or question
   • There is no definition of the project
   • Contains no end point - how do you know when you’re
     done?




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         2 Strategies for Selecting Topic

• Traditional strategy
   • Pose research hypothesis or question
   • Generate information to test hypothesis
   • Analyze information to reach conclusion
• Inverse strategy - Used by part time students
   • Identify source of information
   • Examine data to determine if hypothesis can be tested
   • Analyze information to reach conclusion



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      Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 5

5. I turned down a lot of great job offers to come here




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      Recommended Process for Research
        Project/Thesis/Dissertation - 1

• Submit detailed outline/proposal to major professor
   • Clear title
   • Statement of objectives
   • Literature search with > 10 key references
   • Proposed research method
   • Expected results & how analyzed
• Begin work with major prof.’s consent
• Give committee members copy of outline/proposal



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      Recommended Process for Research
        Project/Thesis/Dissertation - 2

• 30% completion meeting with Committee. Objectives:
   • Obtain “buy-in” on project
   • Solicit advice & guidance
• 70% completion meeting with Committee. Objectives:
   • Identify potential “fatal flaws”
   • Assistance in reaching conclusions




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      Recommended Process for Research
        Project/Thesis/Dissertation - 3

• Notify CE Coord. of Advising 2 weeks prior to defense
   • My students must post notice of defense
• Defense:
   • Formal oral presentation
      • 20-30 min. for MS
      • 40-50 min. for Ph.D.
• Turn in final copies
   • Thesis & dissertations to OGS by ~11/15 & 4/15
   • M.S. projects due by end of semester

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       Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 4

4. I just have one more book/paper to read and then I’ll start
   writing




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    Comment on Project/Thesis/Dissertation

• The Project/Thesis/Dissertation should be:
   • Demonstration to UNM and the engineering profession
     of the student’s competence & professionalism
   • Reflect the best work that the student can do given the
     resources (time, $$, equipment, etc.) available
• The student should be proud of his work and should enjoy
  the opportunity to present to his professors, peers, friends
  & family.



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      Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 3

3. The department is giving me so much support




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                  Publication Issues

• Producing a publishable work should be the goal of every
  graduate student
• Authorship
   • Negotiation between student & advisor as to who’s first
     author
   • Projects resulting in a work product (i.e. SAND reports)
     should include advisor as co-author




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      Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 2

2. My job prospects look really good




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       Expectations of Research Assistants

• RA’s are expected to work > 20 hours per week during
  school year and > 40 hours per week during summers
  unless informed differently by professor. Many students
  work much more than this.
• RA’s generally are allowed 2 weeks vacation per year
• Inform professor when you will not be on campus.

• Message: You’re here to get an education. Simply
  considering grad school as a job significantly devalues a
  once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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       Top 10 Lies from Grad. Students - 1

1. No really, I’ll be out of here in only 2 more years




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Most Hated Question of Graduate School




       “How’s your thesis coming?”




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         Best Quote After M.S. Defense

“That was kind of fun.”

              -G. Hall,
              M.S. 1999




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