Thesis acknowledgements and haiku

I suspect that I’ll mostly use this blog to talk about my ongoing work, not to mention experiences as an expat in the Netherlands. Before I get into that territory, though, a few final EngD-related things:

I recently spotted that an acquaintance of mine posted her thesis acknowledgements section online. I like the idea: it’s not as though anyone aside from supervisors, examiners and perhaps parents are likely to leaf through one’s thesis, yet the acknowledgements section is a good opportunity to thank people that made a difference. As such, I shall shamelessly take a leaf from Laurian’s book — my acknowledgements section is pasted below.

In other news, Dissertation Haiku is a lovely site for people who’ve recently finished their PhDs to describe their thesis (or dissertation, as it’s known in the USA) in haiku form. You can find mine here.

Here are the acknowledgements:

I’d like to thank Dave Millard for his support and guidance through the course of this research. His uncanny ability to ask searching, difficult questions has undoubtedly strengthened my critical abilities, not to mention this work. My thanks also extend to Andy Stanford-Clark, whose shrewd input and enthusiasm have kept me on track and engaged.

I’ve had the good fortune to have guidance from many others, notably including my second supervisors Dave de Roure and Mark Weal. I’m grateful to the many study participants who so generously gave up their time, and for the discerning input of my brilliant proof readers. This work was also made possible by IBM’s generous support.

The communities at IBM Hursley and LSL have been welcoming and supportive, while figures such as Faith Lawrence and Max Wilson been role models for conducting doctoral-level research. I continue to draw inspiration from those around me, particularly Wendy Hall and Nate Matias, who achieve great goals with dedication and hard work while supporting the many communities around them.

I’m lucky to have many wonderful people in my life, and I’d like to thank them for their support: amongst people too numerous to list, my thanks extend to Reena, Jane, Don, Thomas, John-Mark, Ruth ‘n’ Tim, Alan, Hugh, Dave and the OGC crowd. Thanks for putting up with me!

Finally, and most of all, my thanks to Alisdair for his unfailing support, which is too extensive to enumerate.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Faith on May 1, 2011 at 18:23

    Awwwww! *flaps hands*

    *iz very touched*


  2. Thanks for the mention Clare. Yes, dissertations are rarely read yet the acknowledgement sections is perhaps the most important. Congrats on finishing!


  3. Gosh, you wrote a lot more acknowledgements than me.


    Oh I put mine in bullet points. It makes them look rather grudging somehow.

    Did you do a dedication?


  4. I was a little verbose — from this we can conclude that people should avoid awarding me Oscars or similar 🙂

    I didn’t do a dedication, must admit it didn’t occur to me. Did you, Mair?


  5. I downloaded a thesis template file from somewhere to get my outline and it had a dedication page, so I did a dedication.


  6. What would you have done, if you had?


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