A week or so ago, I got my annual review letter from my graduate program. I think I've had a pretty good year, so it's good to see that the faculty agree! Here it is:
We are glad to sce amd hear about progress un your rcsearcll and to focus on research as much are posasìble. You also need to form your reßearclr colllrllittcc sometilile during the next year and move tow'ards ther-sí:-: proposal (noto that the approval of research ooinniittoe requires University Grziduate School involvement and rnay take Lime). We are glad to see that your work with Prof. Newton is going well.
In summary, your progress is satisfactory and your support as an Associate Instnlctor will continue (if liocessary). We are looking forwzml to _voor nlonts in the coming year.
Oh, no, wait. That's the Google Docs OCR of the scanned PDF I received. Here's what it actually said. *clears throat*
We are glad to see and hear about progress on your research and encourage you to focus on research as much as possible. You also need to form your research committee sometime during the next year and move towards thesis proposal (note that the approval of research committee requires University Graduate School involvement and may take time). We are glad to see that your work with Prof. Newton is going well.
In summary, your progress is satisfactory and your support as an Associate Instructor will continue (if necessary). We are looking forward to your achievements in the coming year.
Since the last letter in spring 2011, I: gave my second invited talk (as part of the Alumni Scholars Program at Grinnell); served as a paper reviewer for the first time (for PLPV 2012); officially finished coursework; applied and was accepted to Ph.D. candidacy; completed my first internship at Mozilla and was invited to return for a second one; and started working on research with my new advisor, Ryan. So, I'm not doing too badly, but although the letter doesn't say so explicitly, it's past time for me to start publishing my work. The way to "move towards thesis proposal" is to publish at least one paper about the work that Ryan and I have been doing. I'm workin' on that. Once we have a paper, I think that a proposal will be a natural next step.