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9/21/12 2:25 A

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Mine is "Circle of hope: the role of hope in post-stroke rehabilitation".
It's a quantitative research, and I'm interviewing elderly patients in rehab, their family caregivers, and rehab nursing staff.
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9/14/12 6:09 P

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Hello all, I am new here. My dissertation is under quality review so I am in a holding pattern pending approval of my research. Dissertation title is quantitative correlational examination of leadership styles to values in project management. I am using two pre-existing surveys and am following previously approved dissertations with a new target audience. My focus is ethics in project management. I have been in my doctoral program for 7 years and have made steady, but SLOW progress. My motto is "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" and so I take each step one day at a time. emoticon

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7/19/12 10:59 P

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My dissertation is a longitudinal qualitative study examining how graduate students in student affairs preparation programs make sense of their socialization experiences. I'm particularly interested in how differences in developmental capacities (i.e., cognitive, intrapersonal, interpersonal) influence how students negotiate graduate school and how they make sense of the surprises they encounter. Like most, my choice of topic is driven by my past experiences. Before beginning my doctoral program, I worked in residence life at a few different colleges.

I'm done with 2 of 3 interviews in my study and am making an attempt to code my Time 1 data. I would love to be done in a year, but we'll see how things go since I'm a new mom and finding time to write is definitely a challenge.

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7/11/12 6:59 P

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My dissertation topic is actually more like a treatment module to aid military chaplains. The module will address moral injury in current war veterans from a spiritual and psychological standpoint. Although the lit review part of this is supposed to be underway this summer, there are still lot of details that need to be clarified before the actual writing process begins in the Spring...
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7/10/12 5:54 P

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My title is Positive Psychology as a Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Fibromyalgia. I chose to focus on an under served population whose needs were not being met by current treatments.
My challenge is narrowing down to stay focused on just this aspect. I tend to think much more needs to be included than really does. Anyone else faces certain challenges now?

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6/26/12 8:55 P

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My thesis is on social isolation stress, obesity, and breast cancer risk. I should be getting the go to write from my committee this fall. They want me done by December! SOOOOOOOO much to finish this summer, and having a high school student following me is making it slower!

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10/9/11 8:05 P

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I've been making no progress for almost 9 months now by not being able to commit to a topic...and I was seriously burnt out from work. So I started a new position at my same facility, joined SparkPeople, and I am now committing to tackling the dissertation. I will most likely explore some aspect of intimacy within internet relationships. I have a phone meeting with my chair in 2 days so updates to follow.

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9/27/11 8:41 A

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This promises to be an interesting thread!

My dissertation is a mix of Philosophy of Language/Linguistics and Game Theory. Basically, I'm developing a formal (game theoretic) model of conversation in order to test the kinds of things that people say about how language is used. There's all sorts of theory about the sorts of constraints that are in place, and my dissertation is about pushing on those constraints and evaluating how strong/weak they are.

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9/12/11 11:25 A

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For my dissertation, I am planning to conduct a qualitative study using grounded theory to help explain differences in perceptions that women from diverse social classes have of the meaningfulness of work, how important it is to their choice of careers, and how their perception of it influences their workplace experiences and behavior. I was initially drawn to this dissertation topic because I am passionate about helping people to live meaningful lives in which they experience personal growth and transformation and are empowered to effectively use their gifts and abilities to the fullest extent, fulfilling the purpose for which they have been created. I also chose this dissertation topic because I noted a growing concern with meaningfulness within career counseling/development policies and programs, along with a lack of adequate, inclusive (particularly of women) research explaining differences in meaningfulness perspectives.

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9/12/11 11:24 A

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I thought it would be interesting to find out what each member of this group is focusing on for their dissertations. If you do not know your topic yet, share some ideas of what you are thinking about doing.

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