IT 990: Dissertation Topic Presentation
IT 991: Engineer Project Presentation
Semester: Spring 2005
Professor: Stephen Nash
The purpose of this seminar is to help you prepare a proposal for your research project and then to give you a
chance to present your proposal for the comments of others (including students and faculty). This seminar
carries one hour of graduate credit.
Course Schedule (tentative; consult web site for updated information):
January 28: Organizational meeting.
February 25: Presentations of general topic areas
March 25: Presentations of background literature
April 15: Presentations of your research topic
May 10-18: Final presentations [schedule to be determined]
1. During this semester you will work with your chosen faculty advisors in drafting a proposal. Your
dissertation committee must approve your proposal, but this need not happen while you are taking the
class. At the end of the semester, I would like you to hand in a copy of your presentation, but not a
copy of your written proposal.
2. In order to give everyone time to give a thorough and coherent presentation of a proposal, we will
devote several 3-hour periods at the end of the semester. Plan on having about 30 minutes for your
presentation, including about 5 minutes for questions from your audience. For credit in this seminar,
you must attend at least two of these presentation sessions [in their entirety]. During your attendance
at a presentation made by someone else, you should be willing to ask constructive questions of this
3. For the benefit of your audience, you must prepare copies of any slides/viewgraphs you intend to use
during your presentation.
4. The generation and drafting of a dissertation proposal is a joint effort involving you and your chosen
committee. I would not wait until the last minute to get this process started.
Useful Reference Materials
Materials on the course web page.
Nicholas J. Higham, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, Second Edition, SIAM
(Philadelphia), 1998. This can be ordered online from www.siam.org.
GMU Dissertation and Thesis Web Guide: available online at