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Graduation Problem!!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Mask667, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Mask667

    Mask667 7+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    Hello everyone,

    I MAY be runnning into this problem because of my stupid research mentor. As part of my major requirement, I have to complete a senior thesis. For this, there are two classes--part I and part II. For part I, my advisor (who is not the mentor), did not tell me that a proposal for the senior thesis was due at the end of last semester and so I have an incomplete for that. To make up this incomplete, I need to turn in my proposal before April 2nd. I have done the proposal, but the stupid mentor "hasn't found time" to do so. Anyway, I am supposed to START the research soon, but ****** mentor doesn't really help out--he is rarely in his office. Because of this stuff, I feel I may not be able to graduate during May. This will probably not be a problem other than that I would have liked to enjoy my "last" summer.

    My concern is, just in case...just in case, I don't graduate by the end of June, I may lose my seat at Buffalo. What do you suggest I do? Does Buffalo really have that deadline--I thought it did, but not sure after looking at some of the papers they had made me sign. Should I let Buffalo know of this problem?

    Thank you,


    P.S What's even worse is that I told my Dad (Mr. Tension) this and he started yelling at me, instead of comforting me. WTF?
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  3. Snahster

    Snahster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Do you really need a thesis to graduate? Just give up the honors and graduate normal.
  4. Cymbidium

    Cymbidium Awesome. 2+ Year Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    I had to write a thesis in order to graduate - isn't that the norm? If your thesis is good, then you get honors, if it isn't you just get to graduate without honors.
  5. lgwdnbdgr

    lgwdnbdgr 10+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Call your department, then call Buffalo.

    I had a problem where my thesis mentor moved to Germany. The department was understanding, helped me out with getting what I needed and gave me an extension (a VERY short one, but still long enough to finish).

    The point is that you aren't the first person in this situation -- your department most likely has seen this before and will probably give you better advice than any of us can. Worst case scenario, you submit what you can without any help.

    What sort of project is this, where you can start on April 2 and finish in time to graduate in May?
  6. AlphaQUp

    AlphaQUp 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I'm wondering this too. Mine is at _least_ one semester... :thumbdown:
  7. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    it depends on the school. at my school people can choose to do an honors thesis or not.
  8. I'mFillingFine

    I'mFillingFine Pulptastic 5+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2005
    Shuffled off....
    I'm not sure which deadline of Buffalo you're asking about...?

    But yeah, you've been accepted. If you're done with your proposal and have to hand it in April 2nd, just hand it in then, help or not. Maybe call Buffalo and say that your portion of your honors is completed, but that there may be a delay in your department. I don't think they care as long as you graduate!

    You also might want to talk to an administrator in your school to confirm that you WILL graduate, even if your thesis or proposal is late...if there's someone who knows you who are and who knows that you have a plan for the fall and need to graduate, I'm sure they can help be a little flexible.

    STOP WORRYING! :) Oh, and if your parents are super into your life and need you to be perfect all the time, you should let them know that grades in dental school aren't really comparable to undergrad grades for a few reasons, and that they may be higher or lower. Some of my classmates still have parents who need to know what they got in every course, so if that is your case at home, make sure they won't make your life more difficult than it already will be.
  9. Mask667

    Mask667 7+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    Thank you everyone for answering. The thesis is a requirement for me to graduate as part of my major. The honors, I am not even worried about. I have been working on this project for about a year, but the mentor is such a lazy person that it was difficult for me to even do a pilot study.

    My first semester, he just introduced me to some of the equipment and tried to figure out what projects I could do. The one that he had just finished was about cell phone use while driving. The study he wanted next was supposed to be a followup about the cellphone and driving. I was excited because we were using Need for Speed as the simulator. The next semester he turned in the IRB with me. That semester we didn't do anything until the very end because of IRB approval and stuff. Finally I got to do the pilot study. Since I had not fully done his project, out of formality I told him I would do this as my senior thesis, even though I hated the experiment--concept is good, but requires way too much knowledge with the equipment. The third semester (last fall), I was taking the DAT so I asked him that I will start after taking the test. He was okay with that. Soon I find out that he changed the simulator--18 wheels of metal to the pedal. More realistic because of traffic lights. The whole last semester I tried figuring the game out. This semester I did the same thing--except we started using other equipment with the game, but had lots of malfunctions. (Switching computers, installing video cards, and so on.) Now I only have a month, if I want to graduate in May.

    The deadline I was asking about was that registration for classes start in July and I thought I had read somewhere that I need to have graduated by June 30th, but I am not sure. I wish they had said I didn't need to graduate, I would quit right now!!!!


    P.S Sorry about an essay, I am just really upset with the situation.

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