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Aug. 24th, 2010 | 11:04 pm
mood: nervousSitting at Cobalt blogging
music: Madonna from upstairs

Was Excedrin originally made for grad students?

I've spent some, though not enough, time this summer working toward a thesis topic, an expanded version of my conference presentation in January. However, I still have no clue which faculty members in my department would be willing or able to serve on my committee if I choose this option.

The other way to fulfill the "capstone" requirements, which our new chair says he expects most people to do, is to work on a project in Detroit in a group of 8-10 classmates. The previous year's graduates endured a shitshow in their capstone groups, but I think they partially brought it on themselves with endless procrastination.

Anyhow, just fifteen minutes ago my advisor emailed out the topics for the upcoming capstone groups. While I'm still planning to go the thesis route, it is mighty tempting to join one of the capstone groups, because 1) it's on the topic of improving Detroit's experience with Community Development Block Grants based on success stories from other cities, a very interesting topic to me, 2) it is slated for the fall semester only so I'd be totally done with that requirement by January, 3) I feel confident in my group-working abilities than in my ability to churn out a thesis on my own, and 4) it wouldn't require me to go begging for committee members from our already overburdened faculty.

I know it'll be better for me overall to get the thesis, for the experience and the finished product to point to, and I'm going to talk to my advisor as soon as I get back to Michigan, but for the moment 'm annoyed about the uncertainty

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Moose

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from: legalmoose
date: Aug. 25th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
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If you're going to examine CDBGs, you should also take a look at what DOE is doing with their Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant programs.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Aug. 26th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip! Those have just come on to my radar very recently.

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Moose

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from: legalmoose
date: Aug. 26th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
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It's a brand-spanking new program. It was authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, but wasn't funded until the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka the stimulus bill). They're learning as they go, but you could get in on the ground floor of looking at the program. Contact me separately via email if you'd like to chat about it next week.

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