I May have a PI/Supervisor

[Updated 7/14/15]

As a doctoral student conducting research, I will work under the supervision of a faculty member at Northeastern University who possesses a relevant  doctorate and experience.

Normally, doctoral candidate supervisors–sometimes called principal investigators– are selected by the one of the program chairs. I, of course, have to be different.  I want to control my own fate, at least to the extent possible in academia.

Given the nature of my proposed project, which will be heavy on stats and math, plus interview and survey techniques, I have approached a professor at NEU who has all of the requisite credentials to serve as my PI/supervisor.   I already know him from the first year of doctoral program, and also know of his very supportive supervision style from a previous Cohort member (now a LP.D) who had the same supervisor a few years ago.

The professor has agreed to supervise me, subject to confirmation by the program chair.  I put in that request yesterday.  We’ll see if I get my first (and only) choice for my supervisor.

I’m still working on securing my required second reader, but I have a couple of strong candidates identified.  I’ll reach out right after the holiday weekend.

[Updated 7/14/15] I now have a Principal Investigator and second reader assigned to me.  The PI is not the person I suggested to the thesis chair, but he is someone of great intellectual and academic strength experienced with hedonic price modeling.  My second reader is exactly the person I hoped would guide me.  He’s a Ph.D and attorney, and his humor matches mine for dryness.

Thesis Proposal Turned In

I’m on a long road, but I’ve reached the half-way point. I turned in my thesis proposal tonight. It was a struggle to keep to the page limit while still expressing the necessary elements, but I think I’ve accomplished my task.

I’ll hear back from the thesis supervisor in the next week or two.

I am relived. I am tired. I am happy.

jlk

The value of the Cohort . . . My Cohort

A year ago 25 people came together as the initial members of Cohort VIII in the DLP program. A year later we’re down to 16 members. A group dropped out right after the program began, and we’ve lost 1 or 2 each quarter thereafter.

The members of my Cohort, without exception, are outstanding leaders in their own right, and truly quality individuals.

The survivors of our Cohort…and we certainly think of ourselves in that way…have drawn together to support each other through the program. We’ve become very close friends–much closer than I would have imagined just 12 months ago. We regularly communicate by text and email throughout each week. We celebrate our happy events, and join in mourning with our friends in those less-than-happy events.

The friends I have made over the past year are likely to remain my friends…and I, theirs…for life. I am very grateful that we have been thrown together into this melting pot.

jlk

Thesis Proposal Crunch Time: July 1

My thesis proposal is due on July 1. I’ll announce it here once it’s formally accepted. I have great confidence that it will be accepted given that I’ve provided it to the thesis advisor in preliminary form, and I received very positive feedback about my research goals.

What’s my topic? Let’s just say that I plan to evaluate a law and policy area of wireless tower siting that commonly comes up in planning hearings. What? You think you know what I’ll be studying? Maybe you’re right, but maybe you’re not.

You’ll just have to wait and see.

Almost Halfway Through the DLP Program

…and all of us in Cohort VIII are just a wee-bit tired and cranky. It’s the usual: Overworked and under-loved. Or maybe it’s under-loved and overworked. Well, whatever. We’re all going to be much happier campers on June 30th.

(Updated June 30th: We ARE much happier campers, especially now that grades are out! jlk 6/30 @ 3:20 p.m. PDT)

Cohort VIII

It is hard to express how close I’ve become with the other surviving members of Cohort 8 over the last year. They are one and all quite exceptional people: smart, caring, involved, thoughtful, and funny (well, almost all of them are funny).

Many of us ‘Facebook’ each other; communicate by texts; SKYPE; and in other ways stay in touch on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.

I have made friends in this program that I expect will stand the test of the rest of my life, or theirs.

jlk

3Q Down, 5Q to Go

The 3rd Quarter of the Doctor of Law and Policy program is now complete. I truly enjoyed the work and stretching caused by the work, and I’m looking forward to the next quarter, which will close out my first year.

– Sisyphus

Quantitative Analysis

I am particularly enjoying the Quantitative Analysis course, and conducting my pilot study.  This is the numbers stuff I’ve been looking forward to studying.

The professor for the course, who earned his Ph.D primarily conducting quantitative research, made it clear at the start that most every (but not every) quant research project will be enhanced by qualitative research to round off the edges.  Now I get that.

One third of the way through the program.  My how the time does fly.

A final thought for this post: As I conduct research and make data I can’t help but to notice that:

All Petty Politics Are Local
– Jonathan Kramer