What does the Master Thesis Lab offer?
The Master Thesis Lab offers various facilities, like computer work spaces, books and advice.
- Computer work spaces
- Master Thesis Lab Assistant
- Statistics clinic
- Meeting area
- Storage space
Before you can use the Master Thesis Lab you have to register
There are 22 computers, each with all the necessary software (Word, Excel, SPSS etc) and a connection to the internet. In addition, there are two scanners and a printer/copier just around the corner. The work spaces have adjustable seats and tables and are especially designed for working comfortably for extended periods of time. It is not possible to book a computer in advance.
The Master Thesis Lab Assistant (also known as Scriptie-atelier medewerker, or SAM in Dutch) can give you advice on various topics concerning your thesis. The SAM can refer you to a statistical advisor, or point you to a book or website where you can find the answer to your question. However, keep in mind that you yourself – together with your thesis supervisor – have the final responsibility for the thesis. Always discuss important decisions and changes with your supervisor. Also, note that the SAM will not read your thesis through or advise you on questions regarding the content. You can ask the SAM for advice or support at any time. You can also send us an email, or give us a call, at 071-5273851. It is also possible to make an appointment.
There is a special clinic for students who have questions about statistical issues. You can put all kind of questions about statistics and research methods to prof.dr. Pieter Kroonenberg, dr. Frits Meijerink or Jolien Pas MSc. You can also put your question to a SAM ; most SAMs (Thesis Lab Assistants) have some knowledge of statistics and may be able to help you. Because there are many students who have questions about statistics, we ask you to make an appointment by email. We do not answer statistical questions by mail.
On our shelves there are books about statistics, manuals (APA guide), dictionaries, and various how-to books about doing research and writing a thesis. The books in the Master Thesis Lab are for ‘in-house’ use only and can not be borrowed. Whenever you want to use a book, please write the title and your name on the form. At the end of the day all books must be back on the shelves!
Besides practical information about the Master Thesis Lab, this website offers a great deal of information about writing a thesis. It also provides you with statistical advice, information about the graduation procedures of the various departments and other things that may be useful while you are writing your thesis.
If you want to talk about the research you are doing or just want to have a coffee or lunch break, you can use the special meeting space for students on the fifth floor (down the stairs and on the left). Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Lab and long discussions may distract others. Please use the meeting area for those purposes. We trust you to keep this area clean and tidy.
Near the elevators on the top floor there are lockers where you can leave your possessions. It is important that you empty your locker at the end of the day. Lockers that are still in use at the end of the day will be opened and emptied. You should not take a locker key home with you.
Upstairs in the Lab there are two bookcases in which you can leave your personal belongings when you don’t want to take them home with you. You can leave everything there overnight, but please note that this is at your own risk.