The comprehensive exams are finished! I’m still waiting to see if I passed. I’m also waiting to receive final approval for my dissertation proposal and IRB application. The IRB is the Institutional Review Board that monitors the ethical standards of research done on human subjects. I have to demonstrate that my research will not harm anyone or take advantage of vulnerable people.
The following sketch shows my basic strategy for writing the dissertation over the next 14 months. This is becoming more real every day!