is to work on something you really love, enough so that you can contemplate staying with it over a fairly prolonged period of time – well after you have received the degree.It also doesn’t hurt to have some innate talents in the chosen area.
) Envision the whole of sociological knowledge as contained in one big dataset, complete with keywords and subject headings.
Surely, you would contribute something to the dataset that would ostensibly fit under a subject heading, and possibly a set of existing keywords, but to push the envelope your topic should meet meet three criteria.
When the term was used in aeronautics, it referred to the outer curve describing the limit of an aircraft’s performance.
Test pilots were encouraged to push the envelope in order to test the aircraft, and the phrase made it to the common lexicon in Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book about test pilots, The Right Stuff.
Much of my work has revolved around the figure of Jean-Philippe Rameau, who was both a leading theorist and composer.
I keep hearing very similar tales from graduate students: once they find a topic they thoroughly enjoy and acquire the necessary skills to tackle, they seem to thrive as scholars.
You’ve probably heard a gazillion times that new research should “push the envelope,” but I’d bet that the likelihood that you had a clear explanation of what that means has not been given to you.
Well, I’m going to explain it, right here, right now. An envelope is a term for the curve that encloses all other curves in a family of curves.
Honestly, you need only come up with a question that, when answered, would shed new light on what others have done before – but the idea is for that new light to truly have us look at things in a whole new way.
Graduate students may take several approaches to choosing a dissertation topic.