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Friul

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As this school term comes to an end, I'm entering the twilight of my current batch of studies.  So, that means over the next 12 months or so, I will (while slowly wrapping up the end of this degree) be trying to hash out a research proposal for entrance into graduate school.  To those of you with research-based Masters or Doctorates, I have no idea how you manage to focus on only one or two areas of a subject/field you are undoubtedly passionate about.  Computability, machine learning, bioinformatics, parallel computing, cloud computing, computational logic, etc., I'd need infinite lifetimes to cover even a fraction of my interests.  :laugh:  If you have the chance, keep me in your thoughts while I try to narrow down a topic, and plan out my (hopeful) future research.

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Nebelpfade said:
As this school term comes to an end, I'm entering the twilight of my current batch of studies.  So, that means over the next 12 months or so, I will (while slowly wrapping up the end of this degree) be trying to hash out a research proposal for entrance into graduate school.  To those of you with research-based Masters or Doctorates, I have no idea how you manage to focus on only one or two areas of a subject/field you are undoubtedly passionate about.  Computability, machine learning, bioinformatics, parallel computing, cloud computing, computational logic, etc., I'd need infinite lifetimes to cover even a fraction of my interests.  :laugh:  If you have the chance, keep me in your thoughts while I try to narrow down a topic, and plan out my (hopeful) future research.

Thanks!
Write a dissertation proposal.  Put it aside. After a while, pick it up and read it.  See what you want to expand.  Write a second proposal on that point.  Repeat process.  You'll get a feel of what you want to do, and how to present it.
 

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ialmisry said:
Write a dissertation proposal.  Put it aside. After a while, pick it up and read it.  See what you want to expand.  Write a second proposal on that point.  Repeat process.  You'll get a feel of what you want to do, and how to present it.
Thanks for the advice.
 

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Steven Jay Gould said that the way to go after it is find someone you really want to study with and let guide you. Let me tell you, I blew that one in a big way, and really regretted it in the end.
 

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Lord, have mercy!

I am afraid I do not have much advice because when I was in graduate school (in the former USSR), the custom was simply that your graduate advisor gives you a topic and that's it. :)

My daughter is in the same boat as you are. She is free to pick her own Ph.D. thesis topic and she has been "doing" it for months and months already...
 
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