Module Master Thesis
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The final draft of the Master's thesis is due on September 2, 2012. Students should begin working on their Master's research by March 1st, 2012 in order to have a full six months to complete their projects.
- Master's Thesis Guidelines: Information on format and deadlines
- Master's Thesis Approval Form: To be turned in on March 1st of any given year.
- Master's Thesis Feedback Form: Supervisor should submit by mid August
- Master's Thesis Evaluation Form: Supervisor must submit by 16 September
- Last page that needs to go into your Master's thesis: You need to print this out, include it as the last page in the copy of your thesis and make sure that your supervisor signs it!!
- Coordinator: Alice Edler
- Description: This final module of the Master's program consists of the Master's project itself and a one hour seminar in which relevant topics for the student's future are discussed. The Master's project is an independent research project designed by the student during the IRT3 module. The student writes a report (Master's thesis) and presents his/her work during a 15-minute talk at the annual EES Conference at the end of their fourth semester.
- Goals: The students carry out a large individual project, write a report and give a talk about their work. Throughout the Master's project, they use and extend the knowledge they have gained during the Master's program. They gather valuable research experience.
- ECTS points: 30
- Course No.: P11.1
- Description: The students carry out an independent research project. The topic of the project should be in the field of Evolution, Ecology or Systematics. The students should carry out the proposal they developed during the IRT3. They read relevant literature and become an expert in the methods used in their research. Statistical analysis of the collected data is an important part of the project. The student writes a report (Master's thesis) and presents his/her work in a 15-minute talk during the EES Conference.
- Goals: The students gain independence and confidence through the process of carrying out a larger research project that they design themselves and for which they are responsible. They learn that plans need to be changed and updated. They write a longer report or manuscript about their work and give a 15 minute presentation in front of students and faculty.
- Type of Instruction: Practical
- ECTS points: 29
Skills 5: Preparation for PhD project or job market
- Course No.: P11.3
- Description: In this seminar, students discuss topics relevant to the students' future success. Possible topics include writing manuscripts, doing scientific presentations, the peer-review system for articles and grant proposals, career prospects inside and outside academia, networking, writing and presenting for laymen, teamwork, negotiations, project management, how German universities are organised, the daily life of a professor, open source journals, gender issues in academia, and organizing the EES seminar series.
- Goals: The students will be prepared for the next step in their career.
- Type of Instruction: Seminar
- ECTS points: 1
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