8. The Advisor and Thesis/Dissertation Committee

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IN THE SECOND FILM in the Star Wars series, the hero, Luke Skywalker, in order to become a Jedi Knight, seeks the help of Yoda, an elflike creature with pointed ears. Yoda embodies the essence of good mentoring (despite his odd speech habits and pointed ears). He provides direction, support, and practical expertise, enabling Luke to gain confidence and, ultimately, independence.

Finding a good mentor, or “advisor,” is an important element in writing a thesis or dissertation. Like Yoda, a good advisor provides guidance, direction, wisdom, support, and vision—all of which can enable you to grow as a student and scholar. However, ...

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