A pre-defense meeting of the DAC occurs at least two to three weeks prior to the defense to make sure that the quality of the dissertation document is close to being acceptable for the degree and to review necessary paperwork. At this time, the committee reviews the abstract and title. The defense cannot be scheduled before the abstract is approved and copies sent to the GMS at least three weeks before the defense. At the time of their defense, students give a 50-minute oral presentation, followed by 10 minutes of questions, that is open to all members of the University. This public forum is followed by a closed session of the DAC, at which the student is asked to respond to questions put forth by the committee to test her/his ability to defend the work presented in the dissertation document.
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I participated a Scientific Writing workshop last semester. The tips were similar and then I started to use this suggestions. It really works, do it! Write daily, for example I usually start writing in the morning and for two hours, I shut down my phone, say to my friends and colleagues that I had a meeting with my manuscript and only concentrate writing. Here is a little planning tips from workshop: (imagine that you need to write only a paragraph and use timing on the list)
1-Define your topic (What are your questions) – 3 min.
2-Find informations you need (references, statistical terms etc.) – 3 mins.