Beginning the Adventure of Your Thesis or Project! Brought to you by Drs. Barranti and Dinis Thesis or Project??? Thesis is an intellectual proposition based on original research and academic inquiry Project involves the development of a product supported by a research process Many of your culminating works could be both a thesis and a project. Please note the above are definitions from Prof. Yuen, not official CSUS definitions. Thesis: CSUS Catalog definition Plan A: Thesis A thesis is the written product of the systematic study of a significant problem. It clearly identifies the problem; states the major assumptions; explains the significance of the undertaking; sets forth the sources for, and methods of gathering, information; analyzes the data; and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished product must evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, clarity of purpose, and accurate and thorough documentation… Project: CSUS Catalog definition Plan B: Project A project is a significant undertaking of a pursuit appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It must evidence originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It must be described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project’s significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation. What is a Thesis/Project? Both require the all phases of the research process Both must demonstrate social work relevance, academic rigor, and social validity and utility Protection of Human Subjects Applications must submitted for all forms of project/thesis What is A Thesis /Project (continued) Thesis requires a second reader who works with you and your advisor Project may include a product such as: video, manual, grant proposal, resource guide, curriculum, or research report A Thesis or a Project is a decision you will make with your thesis/project advisor The 5 Chapters of A Thesis/Project Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Literature Review Chapter 3: Methodology Chapter 4: Thesis Findings or Product of Project Chapter 5: Summary and Conclusions References Appendices Considering the “Research” of A Thesis/Project – examples: Needs assessment for a community, a population, or a service program Survey of providers’ or consumers’ perspectives: Questionnaire and interviews Secondary data analysis Program evaluation Experimental designs Case studies Justification and data collection for product development and utilization Human Subjects Application Process Plan with your Advisor when you should submit your Human Subjects Application – Applications and instructions are available on the Social Work Division and Graduate Studies websites: EVERY thesis/project requires human subjects clearance No data collection can take place prior to human subjects approval The Division reviews applications once a month—Schedule available on the web site Selecting a Thesis Advisor (7 Steps) Step One: Review List of Thesis Advisors and Research Interests Step Two: Identify Advisors who match your interests, working style and availability Step Three: Make appointments with several likely advisors to discuss interests, working styles, and ―goodness of fit‖ Step Four: Choose Your Advisor Selecting a Thesis Advisor(continued) Step Five: Advisors will have the sign-up forms referred to as the ―VORTA‖ beginning Monday, February 8th Step Six: Sign-up with your Advisor between February 8th and the end of April Step Seven: It is the student’s responsibility to sign up with a thesis advisor by the end of the Spring semester Considerations Each Thesis Advisor can take on ten students Keep updated on Thesis Advisor openings by checking the white board in the front Social Work Office Group Thesis/Project is limited to 2 students. CSUS Thesis/Project Formatting Workshop Requirement Attend a CSUS Thesis Formatting Workshop or review the PowerPoint online http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/Thesis.htm Complete a Certificate of Workshop Completion The certificate needs to be turned in with your thesis/project. Continuing with Your Adventure…..