First advisor meeting

When first meeting with your coach, please prepare the following:

  • (Re)share your thesis proposal

    • Please email your research proposal to your coach, even if you haven’t updated it after handing it in (PDF format). Do so at least three days before the meeting.
    • If you’re supervised in a team, send the research proposal to your thesis partner, too.
  • Make an overview of the data that you have or plan to use

    • e.g ., inform yourself about the dataset, make some descriptive statistics if possible; see also the section on describing your data on this site
  • Make an overview about the software stack you’re planning to use

    • Which software to accomplish which (pipeline) task? (e.g., R for data preparation, Python for k-means clustering, R for fixed-effects model, etc.)
  • Prepare a rough sketch about your project pipeline

  • Know this website, and the various requirements that are already relevant at this stage of your thesis process

  • Make an evaluation of your individual strengths and weaknesses and share those with me! (this way, we can anticipate problems)

    • What’s your ambition with this thesis?
    • Where do you want to be in five years from now?
    • What are you really good at?
    • Which areas excite you, and wish to learn more about?
    • What is it that you really dislike?
  • We will most likely discuss the contribution of your study, your data, and your project pipeline.

    • Study these sections well and be prepared to pitch your research!!!
    • Have a list of potential contributions of your research
    • Have an initial conceptual model
    • Try to sketch your project pipeline