Working On Your PhD Dissertation Acknowledgment Section
The acknowledgment section of your PhD dissertation is usually found right after your title page or abstract. This page is where you reflect on all of the people that helped and supported you during the writing process, research, or just in general while you were working on your dissertation. This section not only gives thanks to these people but it also makes you reflect on how far you have come and how everyone helped or supported you.
You entire dissertation is a well-written piece of work on your field of study but the acknowledgment section isn’t riddled with hard to say terms and other things that you will find in a dissertation. But it is more personal and you want it to sound that way, tell them who you want to thank and then give a sentence or two to tell them why. And you want to keep this around a page because anything longer is over doing it.
How To Come Up With The People In The Acknowledgement
- You want to first make a list of all of the people that helped you during your time writing your dissertation. They could be people that read or edited your dissertation or someone that stayed up late with your or got you up on time to work on it. Thing of all the personal acknowledgements that helped you.
- When you are making your list for your personal acknowledgments, only put people on the list that actually helped or supported you during the process. You don’t want to have a long list of every member of your family that you haven’t talk to in years. If they didn’t know you were doing a dissertation and helped you, don’t include them.
- When you are thinking about the professionals that you want to thank, only thank the major professionals that helped you. All of the people that helped on your dissertation. You don’t want to thank a high school teacher that probably doesn’t even remember you. You want this to be your advisors, the librarians, other professors, or even classmates.
- Don’t forget to thank the people that funded you as well. Most students like to forget about the people that actually paid for their research.
- When you are using the people’s names in your acknowledgement, use the name and title of professors and colleagues. When you are writing about friends and family, you can just use their first name.