Dissertation Acknowledgements Parents

Suggestions for a dissertation acknowledgments section?

I'm < > this close to being done with my dissertation but I need to write my acknowledgments section.

I'm not a very emotional person but I feel like I might go overboard with this opportunity.

General advice on this would be welcome, but also... I need a list of appropriate and inappropriate people. Specifically...

- I need to know if I need to list all the undergrad research assistants by name or just the good ones or just "undergrad research assistants" generally?

- I collected some of the data during a Fulbright. How do I acknowledge them/it?

- What about all my cohortmates and pals that were good emotional support?

- How do I thank my partner and toddler for putting up with a lot of bullshit?

- I don't want to thank my parents. Will it look back if I thank a bunch of friends but not my parents? What if my parents ever read it and are offended.

- My advisor is amazing and has been a great editor. My committee members have been not AS involved. How can I thank them all without making it sound like ADVISOR RULES!!! #1#1#1?

- What about acknowledging faculty members that weren't on my committee but wrote letters for me or co-authored pieces with me?

- I'd love to thank MetaFilter but I don't want my affiliation with the site to be published.

Or would it be better to keep this section short and sweet and be general and not name names?

posted by k8t to Education (22 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite



Traditional acknowledgement pages are written in a very generic manner, and having at last completed the final draft of this thesis, I now, staring at a blank page, understand why.

As much as I wanted to individualise this page, as my colleges before me, I must firstly thank my supervisor. Dr. Steve Miller really does deserve the greatest of thanks, since he has provided me with incredible support, encouragement and guidance in both the writing of this thesis and the work which preceded it.

From the very moment I officially started this thesis, with the friends I made in a week at Liverpool, throughout the time I have spent in the Physics department at UCL, as well as a month in Honolulu, my spirits have been continually raised by the ubiquitous "too many people to mention". However, special thanks go to Andy Lim, whose love of coffee led to many an afternoon of peaceful reflection.

This thesis was enriched significantly through helpful discussions with my co-workers Daniel Rego, Nick Achilleos and George Millward, and was in part extended beyond the scope of the ionosphere through an important conversation with Renée Prangé. The time spent talking with people working at the IRTF, on both the Big Island and Oahu, was essential to the difficult calibration of the data set, and I am immensely grateful to Bill Vacca for always answering my e-mail queries, no matter how mundane.

Away from work, special thanks go to my best friends Tricia Gilbert and Ewan Willis, for both of whom friendship goes as far as editing. They should also be thanked for sexy eyes and silly trousers respectively.

The entertainment provided by the people of Bman�s Pub is gratefully acknowledged, though the time spent talking to them, rather than working, should perhaps be hastily glossed over.

Finally, thanks must go to my family. My parents for love and inspiration throughout my life, my elder brother for the excellent example he sets (as well as having shown me the importance of getting a good PhD supervisor), and my younger brother for daring to follow his dreams.

This thesis is dedicated to the life�s work of Norville Rogers

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