The process for Interdisciplinary PhDs at Dalhousie University is to have an examining committee comprised of my supervisor, my three committee members, a representative from the ID PhD program, a chair appointed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and an External Examiner. My External was Dr. Gregory Grieve from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The candidate (me) gives a short presentation of less than 25 minutes. Then beginning with the External, the committee members each take turns asking questions. There can be a break mid way through (though not in mine) and then a second round of questions. This will continue for 1-2 hours and then the gallery and candidate leave the room while the committee deliberates. I then wait impatiently for the chair to invite hopefully Dr. David Michels back into the room.
So I am a doctor now. Convocation on October 7, 2014 is merely the formality, but my wife says I have to go. :-) I was privileged to have a great supervisor and committee. I learned a lot from each of you. I still feel like a poser calling myself "Doctor" but I'll get there.
For those interested, please find below a re-recording of my presentation. A little too formal and rushed for my liking but I was trying to cram 7 years of work into 25 minutes. Enjoy the pictures - I don't like lots of text in a powerpoint.
Next week I will share some of my experiences at the Information Seeking In Context Conference ISIC 2014 in Leeds, UK.
Good to be done (Take us out Cool and the Gang.)