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In this series of posts I share my experiences with writing propositions, which might give you some inspiration for writing yours.

To get started, I present to you my propositions: [PDF] As you can see, propositions 1-4 are about my thesis and pattern recognition in general.

All members of the Examining Committee are expected to ask relevant and probing questions on the methodology/contents of the thesis, and/or on the research field.

Candidates should respond to questions directly, in a manner which is informed by the contents of the methodology and contents of the thesis, and as concisely as is appropriate to the question.

It is a way to show your personality, by voicing your concerns about a particular topic, or even by slipping in a bit of humor.

But apart from being a creative outlet, propositions are also rumored to be difficult to write.

The student will pass the Oral Examination if a majority of all members of the Examining Committee (including the research supervisor and the person chairing) vote in favour of acceptance. If, however, the favourable majority does not include the External Examiner, the Dean shall refer the case, along with the External Examiner's written report, to the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee for advice and recommendation concerning action to be taken.

It may frequently happen that one or more examiner is named to withhold approval signature until certain revisions, corrections, or modifications are made.

While I’m getting the other posts in this series ready, please let me know what you think about propositions. Does it add something to the Ph D defense or is it a waste of time?

If you are are doing a Ph D in the Netherlands, are you thinking about what your propositions might be?


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