I’m writing an Msc dissertation on planning space projects and I would like to add interesting bits of information on the opening page of each chapter. Though the image and the accompanying information are not directly linked to the central thesis, they add some interest around the main arguments.

Will this be looked upon unfavorably? As an academic reading this work, will this bother you or make you feel distracted / think this is unnecessary?

For example, I have this on the introduction page:

Intro

Background:

I am a BSc student in Physics. The project work for us is divided into three phases: a 2-week summer project, and two project work through the year. All end with a report written by me, the latter of which is the thesis. Students can choose their project for each part, but they are encouraged not to do so, as they’d have a year of work for the thesis.

The summer project I chose is one that seems to be really beneficial for my career and experience. (many of the labour members work at a company I’d like to work as well.) I should soon choose a project to work on.

Problem:

I always wanted, and want, to work on hands-on experiments, rather than (or more likely, in addition to) calculating/programming/simulating. However, the laboratory’s core instrument lost its core component because of a malfunction at the beginning of July and hasn’t worked since.

This prevented all the planned experiments in my summer project (among all experimental work of the laboratory, so you can imagine how hard they are all working on this…), and I had to do simulation work instead. While I have no problem with this kind of work, I prefer practical experimentation and was disappointed.

All they can now say is they “really hope” it will start to work in a month. I, however, don’t want another half year of simulations. I am thinking about joining another research group for a semester now, and after that, if they have the laser up and running, come back to them. I know some project I would go, but neither of them as suitable in the long term as this.

This way though I’d have only half a year of work for my thesis, and I can’t get unlimited laser time to catch up. Also, I don’t know how the professors would think about this. (Would this hurt my relationships with them?…) I asked my supervisor, and from their answer I found that though they don’t want to “chain” me to themselves because of the situation, they are concerned. All in all, I should decide on my own.

What do you think about this? Should I change project for half a year?

I’m writing an Msc dissertation on planning space projects and I would like to add interesting bits of information on the opening page of each chapter. Though the image and the accompanying information are not directly linked to the central thesis, they add some interest around the main arguments.

Will this be looked upon unfavorably? As an academic reading this work, will this bother you or make you feel distracted / think this is unnecessary?

For example, I have this on the introduction page:

Intro

Some areas that come to mind:

  • theory of partial differential equations (analysis and pdes, not numerical PDE)

  • number theory

  • algebra

Should I pick a trendy topic so that it is “easier” to write a thesis?

I’ve heard from senior PhD students not to try and write a thesis on analysis of PDEs because so much has already been done in this field and so it’s very hard to do something new.

My story:

The subject of my thesis is study on “relation of two phenomenon”. When i proposing to committee, they think my subject is a bit old or duplicated. I tried to explain them, the similar article is invalid, beacause the authors make tools/platform that unable to use, i must make my-self (The link to this tools/platform IS DEAD and they not answering my e-mails.) So the committee changed my subject of thesis to “A proposed platform for relation of two phenomenon”.

Fast-forward to one/two weeks ago, i almost finished my thesis and my supervisor is fairly-accepted my draft. After i tried to contact my advisor and asked him to check this draft, he has critiqued that my draft has no scientific value !

After his brief review of the draft, he told, because of not explicitly use EVALUATION-METHODS and too small self-evaluation, this draft has no scientific value. I asked him to tell about the method i should use, but he don’t know the method i need.

Clarification:

My field is software engineering and these two phenomenon are “code-anomalies” and “architectural problems”. After i told to my supervisor about this problem, he thinks the amount of evaluation i provided is not enough and more works should be done.

The other paper, previous authors written:
https://jserd.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40411-015-0025-y

The question:

So what is scientific evaluation method ? Which of them should i choose ? How should i continue to work evaluation ?

I’m in trouble with long section titles in my thesis. For example:

I have defined the following abbreviations in a special section before the table of content, i.e., all abbreviations have been already defined before their usage in the table of content:

  • CRS: Centralized Reconfiguration Supervisor
  • DRS: Decentralized Reconfiguration Supervisor
  • FP: Forcible Path

A section’s title is supposed to be something like:

expanded form: Functional commutativity of centralized reconfiguration supervisor, decentralized reconfiguration supervisor, and forcible path

abbreviated form: Functional commutativity of CRS, DRS, and FP

Obviously, the expanded form is so clumsy, however, these abbreviations are not frequently used in the text as @aeismail noted here:

In general, the only abbreviations that should be used in “headlines” and titles are “standard” ones that are normally (or at least very frequently) written in their abbreviated form.

Put differently, these abbreviations are parts of my contribution, with which research community are not familiar.

Which option is the best practice?

I have finished 5 years of my PhD, and I have 5 publications in top tier (A* computer science) conferences based on work done during PhD. However, most of the publications are in unrelated areas. I am finding it almost impossible to compile a thesis from all my publications.

All my publications have me as first author and my advisor as second author. My advisor hasn’t read any of the publications, and he is incapable of judging them even if he reads them. I know that the work I’ve done can’t be compiled into a thesis. Due to the completion of PhD duration, I have stopped receiving scholarship from my Institute.

Even without my PhD degree, I can easily get a high paying job. My other option is to compile my work in the form of a thesis and hope that the thesis reviewers accept it.

What should I choose?

Update
I have got several brilliant answers and I wanted to accept many of them. I have decided to complete my PhD without antagonizing my advisor. He has agreed to grant me permission for submitting my PhD thesis, if my two papers, that I submitted recently, get published. If they indeed get published, I will have 4 related papers, and hence, I will be able to compile a thesis. I won’t be able to add my other papers, which doesn’t really matter. I told him that I care about my PhD and not the best thesis award, but he is hell bent upon it. He has agreed to provide me a project assistantship salary as long as I am pursuing PhD.

Despite what @einpoklum said, it doesn’t seem fair to leave without a PhD after working for so many years. Thanks everyone for the help.

I have finished 5 years of my PhD, and I have 5 publications in top tier (A* computer science) conferences based on work done during PhD. However, most of the publications are in unrelated areas. I am finding it almost impossible to compile a thesis from all my publications.

All my publications have me as first author and my advisor as second author. My advisor hasn’t read any of the publications, and he is incapable of judging them even if he reads them. I know that the work done by me can’t be compiled into a thesis. Due to the completion of PhD duration, I have stopped receiving scholarship from my Institute.

Even without my PhD degree, I can easily get a high paying job. My other option is to compile my work in the form of a thesis and hope that the thesis reviewers accept it.

What should I choose?

I am a 3 year Masters CSE student. Since I am a 3 year student, my advisor has asked me to work on my thesis since 1st year itself. I picked a problem and worked very hard for around 1.5 years only to realise that nothing new could be done out of it. I have asked my advisor multiple times to let me go for some internships but he doesnt allow telling me that I should get some research output first. But the problem is that he doesnt really have a good problem statement to work on. I am in my final semester now and I have no accomplishments like a research paper or any internship experience. He doesnt have any collaborations either. I am very depressed because I worked so hard reading multiple research papers but now I have nothing on my resume. What should I do?

I am writing a thesis and i got not help from my consultant. i would be grateful if anyone can help me with the start that how to i write my thesis .i have a topic and i got the material but i dont know how to incorporate this? lets say i have found a thesis same as mine and i can use the references they have but how to use them in mine. do i have to rephrase those lines .i mean i sound so dumb but it will be great help to know how to start with. i am writing my thesis about leadership. thank you in advance.please ignore my cluelessness in this regard.