Archive for October, 2012

The Plain Sense of Things

By • Oct 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As fall rolls off the trees I’m looking more and more at the poems toward the end of Wallace Stevens’ life, and finding so much that is quiet and yet resisting bleakness. I’m finding something both resigned and hopeful, some feeling that somehow parallels to me the resignation of leaves and limbs to winter (yet…
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Honors Thesis

By • Oct 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Throughout October, I’ve continued with writing my Honor’s Thesis. With the due date looming (mid-November), I’ve finalized my maps and am completing the methods section of my paper. I am also working to use survey data to validate the model, and am nearing completion of that step. I’m also applying for graduate fellowships, graduate school,…
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Read. Organize. Draft. Repeat.

By • Oct 27th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’m knee-deep in the drafting process, though I’m beginning to think that “shoulder-deep” might be the more appropriate metaphor. One of the reasons I decided to do an honors thesis was that I wanted to discover what it is like to research and write a longer academic paper. Seventy pages is the goal, and now…
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Deadlines upon Deadlines upon Deadlines

By • Oct 22nd, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Like many of the other students on the blog, I have begun to come up against numerous deadlines.  October signals the middle of the fall semester, and I have lots of tasks to complete before defending my thesis in December.  Multiples times each week, I am in contact with my advisor – turning in a…
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GSA Prep

By • Oct 22nd, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all!  In 13 days, I will be presenting a poster about my research at the Geological Society of America’s conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Yikes!  Over this past month, I have been focusing on making my poster the best it can be, and my advisor has been very helpful in that regard.  Essentially, my…
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Sitting down, writing

By • Oct 18th, 2012 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I just realized I completely forgot to post my September blog post! But here it is, a bit shorter than the others. The October post will be up soon as well. My attitude towards my project has shifted gears considerably since actually starting the writing portion of it. The work I did over the summer involved lots of activity,…
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Showcase Findings

By • Oct 8th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With classes, volunteering, and preparing grad school applications, things have been pretty hectic, but I’ve made some progress with my thesis. Creating a poster for the Summer Research Showcase was a good way to look at some preliminary findings. I used the questionnaires to compare different socialization practices between mothers and fathers, and different regulation…
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Early October Update

By • Oct 4th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since I got back to campus my work has taken a new direction.  I have the bulk of my research done, so now it’s time to sit down and actually write a coherent paper.  I sat down with my adviser and we hashed out a schedule that will have my rough draft done just in time for…
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September Update

By • Oct 2nd, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well, this month has been one of the busiest I’ve ever had with activities, classes, volunteering, and cherishing time with friends.  However, I’ve made some changes to my thesis and done my best to make it a priority as well. The biggest change is that from now on, we will be using Lidar data to…
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Belated September Update

By • Oct 2nd, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! This is technically a late post for September. Somehow, the past month completely slipped by me. All of our data was finally entered, after a setback (keep backup folders of your data, everyone). I spent awhile cleaning and re-cleaning the data, and now we’re running some beginning correlational analyses to see what parent…
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