GENERAL INFORMATION AND UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS

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1.0 PLANNING  (not necessarily in order of occurrence)

1.1General

This manual outlines the areas on which thesis manuscript review primarily focuses. Meeting these criteria cannot guarantee approval, but disregarding them strongly predicts that revision will be required.

The word thesis generally refers to the publication of your research at the master level of a graduate school. More often than not the major part of a thesis represents a review of cited literature and original research the smaller portion.

The word dissertation generally refers to the publication of your research at the doctoral level of a graduate school. More often than not the major part of a thesis represents a original research and review of cited literature is the smaller portion.

In this website and its accompanying hard copy the word thesis is used to mean both the master thesis and the doctoral dissertation.

The information for this section was taken from the GPSS Handbook and is accurate at the time of printing. However, the program may change as it evolves, so be sure to check the GPSS website for the most up-to-date accurate information concerning the structure and requirements of the curriculum and program.

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1.2Deadlines*

… develop timelines, plan carefully, and be on time

*see GPSS Handbook for actual dates, and always confirm with your advisor well in advance to help ensure that your advisor gets that date into his/her schedule.

1.2.1 General

A master or doctoral thesis in sustainability science is required for all GPSS students. The theme of the master or doctoral research will unlikely be adequately discussed within an existing discipline, so students are urged to apply interdisciplinary approaches to a specific issue related to sustainability or to develop a proposal for new institutions, values, or paradigms designed for building a sustainable society, going beyond simply analysis of specific environmental problems. Research on sustainability requires diverse concepts, tools, and methodologies; hence, GPSS students are strongly encouraged to discuss issues with faculty members from a variety of backgrounds and to choose his/her principal advisor(s) after careful deliberation.

1.2.2 Determine your thesis principal advisor

Students first discuss their ideas concerning graduate research with some of the members of the GPSS Steering Committee so that committee members can understand students’ knowledge and their areas of research interest. Students are then provided with information on faculty advisors involved in the program as well as suggestions regarding possible research themes. Depending upon a student’s research interest, individual meetings can be arranged with potential principal advisors. Through this process, students choose their principal advisor (hereinafter advisor) within a few months after enrollment, based on mutual agreement between the students and their advisor. The topic of a thesis is decided through discussions with the advisor.

1.2.3 Determine your thesis co-advisor

The program is aimed at providing students with concepts and methodologies for utilizing and integrating diverse academic fields and disciplines. Hence, each student will also choose a co-advisor (hereinafter co-advisor), preferably with a background that differs from that of the principal advisor. After consulting the principal advisor, each student is to submit a list of three potential co-advisors to the GPSS Steering Committee within one year after enrollment. Upon approval of the GPSS Steering Committee, the co-advisor will be decided by the beginning of the second year. Co-advisors will provide advice to students at least two times during the second year, once before the mid-term presentation and once before the final presentation. The decision regarding the granting of a master or doctoral degree will be made by considering the principal advisor’s evaluation of the thesis, co-advisor’s evaluation of the thesis, and the evaluation of the final presentation made before the members of the GPSS Steering Committee.

1.2.4 Submit Thesis Proposal Draft to your advisor

1.2.5 Obtain Thesis Approval from your advisor

1.2.6 Submit 1st draft to your advisor/co-advisor

1.2.7 Revision 2  (if needed)

1.2.8 Revision 3  (if needed)

1.2.9 Periodic meetings with advisor/co-advisor

1.2.10 Submit Final Thesis (1 week before Final Presentation)

Every thesis must include an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. Theses and abstracts will be made publicly available through the GPSS website and /or the Kashiwa Library, unless there are specific reasons not to do so. 7.0 Sample Pages

NOTE: late submission of your thesis may cause a lower evaluation

1.2.11 Obtain final approval from advisor and GPSS Steering Committee

1.2.12 Submit Final Thesis to Department

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1.3Presentations

1.3.1 Progress Reports

Each student is required to present their progress report at the end of each semester. Each speaker must make a 10-minute presentation, followed by questions and answers for five minutes. A digital abstract of around 500 words must be submitted to the faculty in charge at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled presentation. Presentation slides and abstracts will be uploaded on to the GPSS website, and will remain on the GPSS website for a period of time.

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Progress report presentation
Progress report presentation
M1 1st
M1 2nd
semester end
semester end

1.3.2 Mid-Term Presentation (M2 1st semester end)

Each student is required to present their progress report at the end of each semester. Each speaker must make a 15-minute presentation, followed by questions and answers for 5 minutes. An abstract of around 500 words must be submitted to the faculty in charge at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled presentation. Presentation slides and abstracts will be uploaded on to the web site of GPSS, and will remain on the GPSS website for a certain period of time.

1.3.3 Final Presentation/Defense of Thesis (1 month before graduation)

Each student is required to present their progress report at the end of each semester. Each speaker must make a 20-minute presentation, followed by questions and answers for 10 minutes. Presentation slides and abstracts will be uploaded on to the GPSS website, and will remain on the GPSS website for a period of time.

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