What is a thesis acknowledgement?


Thesis’s smallest section, acknowledgement, is the space where you acknowledge those who helped you. This includes both professional and personal acknowledgements. Acknowledgement comes immediately after the title page and above the abstract and is no longer than 200 words as shown in the thesis acknowledgement sample. The style is informal and thesis acknowledgement is not considered as part of academic work and can be personal. First-person person pronouns are permitted in thesis acknowledgment for this reason.

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“This project would not have been possible without the support of many people. Many thanks to my adviser, Laurie Wonder, who read my numerous revisions and helped make some sense of the confusion. Also, thanks to my committee members, Michael Fox, Claude Jameson, and Tom Phantom, who offered guidance and support.”

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“Thank you, University of Chennai Graduate College, for awarding me a Dissertation Completion Fellowship, helping me with the finances to get through this project. And finally, thanks to my husband, parents, and numerous friends who endured this long process with me, always offering support and love”

 

·         Purpose of acknowledgement:

As seen in thesis acknowledgement sample, this is a statement of gratitude acknowledging all the people who have supported and helped in conducting the research or paper.

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“This project would not have been possible without the support of many people. Many thanks to my guide, Laurie Wonder, who read my numerous revisions and helped make some sense of the confusion.”

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“I express my greatest privilege, respect, gratitude and gratefulness for inspiring me to undertake this difficult journey and also helped me get through this difficult path, my guide, my teacher and my soulmate, David Burn.”

 

·         Who finds mention in thesis acknowledgements?

Normally those mentioned have professional and personal relation to the researcher. However, organisations have their own do and don’ts. There is no set rule, however a standardised order is followed, as shown in thesis acknowledgement sample, funders, supervisors, academicians, colleagues and finally family and friends. As a practice only those whose contribution has been direct are mentioned. However, it is up to the writer to elaborate or just mention. It is important to use full names with titles as shown in thesis acknowledgement sample. If a number of people helped you out with acknowledgment, a collective name is used as shown in thesis acknowledgement sample. A generic identifier can be used to protect privacy or only first name can be used.

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“This project would not have been possible without the support of many people. Many thanks to my guide, Laurie Wonder, who read my numerous revisions and was idea board.”

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“Thank you, University of Chennai Graduate College, for awarding me a Dissertation Completion Fellowship, helping me with the finances to get through this project. Also, thanks to my committee members, Michal Fox, Claude Van Dame, and Tom Phantom, who offered guidance and support. And finally, thanks to my husband, parents, and numerous friends who endured this long process with me, always offering support and love.”

 

In the case of a superior who may or may not have contributed, it is always worthwhile to thank them irrespective of their contribution as mentioning them would strengthen your work in the long run.

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“I would like to thank my guide and supervisor Juliet John for her unwavering and patient support. Juliet provided with immense wisdom of her vast experience throughout my project. She introduced me to access to fellow researchers and scholars working in allied field and whose suggestions and ideas greatly enriched my work and experience.”

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“In the completion of this thesis I would like to acknowledge the many people who have contributed in their various small ways by way of strength, support, guidance, and just a listening ear. Most importantly Prof. Biplab, whose kind words have uplifted me in numerous ways.”

 

·         Personal acknowledgment

 The thesis acknowledgement sample does not mention every family member or friend individually. However, specific person can be mentioned as seen in thesis acknowledgement sample.

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“I would like to especially thank my spouse Salman Khan who was my rock and your prayers has carried me through this difficult journey.”

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“I would like to express my gratitude to my family and in-laws for their unending encouragement sincere wishes, and support throughout my project.”

 

·        Acknowledge family member  

Some might want to acknowledge someone who stood by them during a particularly difficult time or may be no more. In these cases, they can be mentioned at the very beginning.

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“I would like to express my gratitude to my parents and grandparents for their cooperation and encouragement in helping me finish my project.”

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“I acknowledge with great reverence and gratitude the gentle encouragement and moral and financial support my parents extended to help me with my thesis.”

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“To all friend and family who helped me survive the stress and pushing me to go on. To my nona who could not be here to see me clear this milestone.”

 

·         Acknowledge God

Acknowledging the almighty is fine, however should be preceded by the conventional thanks to the academia members, friends and family who have supported you.

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Finally, I would like to thank God for guiding light through this difficult period. I have experienced your guiding presence every moment and would continue to trust you in the future.

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First of all, I would like to thank God Almighty for giving me the opportunity and guidance to achieving my goal and to be successful in this part Then I would like to thank my mother and family for their upbringing of me and their tireless efforts and support in every path I take to achieve my dreams and goals.

 

·         Acknowledge a pet

Some acknowledge their pet for the comfort they provided during the stressful course of thesis writing, as exemplified in the thesis acknowledgement sample. However, as a word of caution they do not take precedence over your guide or supervisor as in the thesis acknowledgement sample.

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“I also want to express my deep appreciation for Peanut and Tiny, who taught me the importance of wit, sound sleep, and playfulness. Peanut’s acrobatics have especially convinced me of the importance of relaxed and risk taking”

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“I would like to thank my feline research partners, Peanut and Mimie, for their dedication with good doses of playfulness and silliness in helping me maintain my mental balance”

 

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“Much thanks and gratefulness with sincere heart to

Mary – who was patient with my many rants.

Claude – who helped me with my research.

 Jim – who did the midnight coffee run and proof reading besides discussion

Love you guys.”

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“For Hemant and Shipra

         And

Shibani and Chotu

Friends and beyond…..as always and forever”

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“Many thanks to my supervisor, Dr. Christopher, for his guidance through each stage of the process.”

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“I would like to acknowledge Professor S. Jacobs for stirring my interest in the Genetic Diversity in Ganges Dolphins.”

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“My research partner, Dr Shirley Dalton, was instrumental in charting the course of my study and the ultimate victory. For this, I am extremely grateful. Cheers!”

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“It is with immense pride and pleasure that I undertook this project under the able guidance of Prof. Johnny Walker. I would not have been able to complete without the wealth of their knowledge or guidance. I am also gratful to my Mum Dorothy for her gentle motivation, my dad Phillips Sayer for his rock-solid support and my friends and colleagues who have been the invisible strength in trying times. I would also like to thank God for providing me with the resilience that this project needed to complete.

Thank you.”

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“I would like to thank my lecturer, Dr. Mary Abraham and Dr. Preetham Sangha, for their unwavering guidance and support. I would also like to thank the committee members for their efforts and contributions to this work: Dr. Debashish Banerjee and Dr. Pavan Kumar Sharma. A special thanks to George Benjamin (Research Engineer, Institute for Bioengineering) for his valuable contribution and advise. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my family and friends for their immense support and encouragement.”

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“A heartfelt appreciation to my first supervisor, Prof Ravi Bhatnagar, for his supervision, guidance and encouragement. I extend my sincere gratitude to his generosity in guiding, constructive feedback, kind support, and advice during my PhD. Thank you very much Prof. Bhatnagar.

Also, a big appreciation to my second supervisors, Dr. Katyal and Dr. Udaynidhi Sivarajah for their constructive criticism, constant pep talks and guidance. Thank you.

“Much thanks to all the staff members of Indian Institute of Management for their kind support during my PhD study. I extend my thanks to all my colleagues at Banaras University for their support, and to my friends and colleagues from Banaras and outside for their time and moral support.

Lastly, my warmest and heartfelt thanks to my family for their tremendous support and motivation they extended. Without them, this thesis was an uphill task.”

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“It is my greatest pleasure to express my indebtedness to Mr. John Hopkins, my guide and teacher for handholding me every step in this process of completing my thesis. I would like to send my regards and love to my parents and friends acknowledging their encouraging words and support. I would like to thank my wife for her patience and understanding, which was tremendous, in putting up with me and my myriad moods. I would like to say my heartfelt thank you to God for his silent support in my weakest hour. God bless all.”