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I’m still not entirely happy with my methodology. I took your previous recommendation and attempted to contact Dr. O, twice, but have not received any response. I’ve also tried Dr. H to the same effect (no response). Either people are really busy, or I’m pursuing them the wrong way. Either way, I’m really at a loss here. My advisor likewise admits he has no idea who I might seek out for assistance with my methodology. Would you have any suggestions you can offer me?
Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Congrats on the defense date being set. I would recommend that you attempt to attend these two professors’ office hours especially if they are teaching a class this semester. Generally students do not visit professors until there is an assignment due. If you contact them via email send them a 1 pager about your project and an outline on the current methodology that you have selected; ask them specific questions you have about sample size, validity, reliability, snowball sampling etc. Be specific enough so that they know that you are looking for a specific answer instead of them thinking that you want them to teach you statistics via email. Show them what you know already so that they can fill in the gaps your in knowledge.
The quickest option is to visit The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC)a consulting service on mathematics and statistics provided by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics on campus. Established in 2003, CIRC is dedicated to support interdisciplinary research for the campus community and the public at large. They provide a full range of consulting services from free initial consulting to long term support for research programs.
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