Defending the PhD Thesis

Last Wednesday I submitted my thesis to my examining committee. On Wednesay, October 29th, 1:30, MC 5158, Greg defends his thesis. Oh yes.

Here’s how the defense works in my department: it’s open to the public and will probably be 2 to 3 hours long. I have a presentation at the beginning that’ll run for half an hour, and then the examiners ask questions for 2 or 2.5 hours. After that, anyone from the audience can ask questions (that is, if there’s anyone left in the audience!).

Anyone can come and go during the defense at any time. Please attend if you can! I love public speaking and big audiences.

Oh, and my thesis is titled “Spatial Resolution Enhancement in Magnetic Resonance Imaging”. It has something to do with image processing, fractals, physics, and stuff.

Provided that the examiners are moderately happy with the quality of my defense and thesis, I’ll pass, and have a bunch of revisions to make. That’s what I am hoping will happen, what is probably going happen, and is what happens to most PhD students.

And, since I’ve done everything else I need to do to graduate, I’ll probably finish of my degree requirements by December.

And ….. then what? I think some time off would be cool, but I was offered a 4 month teaching & research job at UW that’ll keep me around campus for another four months. It’s been almost 5 years since I first came to Waterloo to start my PhD. Why not stay one more semester?

So, I’ll probably wait until May to either travel, volunteer abroad, or enter the “real world”. Not sure which, or where, or what (or even why), but I’ll figure that all out eventually.

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