The first step toward completion of your PR or thesis is to write a short abstract that presents your topic and why you want to research it.
The abstract is a 150-250-word description of the topic, why it’s important, and how you want to study it.
The place could range from a street corner to an entire city or state..it must be compelling to you.
Also consider topics that are related to your personal interests as well as your career goals.
To find these, go to the "UT Electronic Theses and Dissertations" page on the UT Library website (utexas.edu).
You can then use the search menu to search for electronic theses and dissertation and search by department or subject (for example, "transit," "water," etc.).Thesis students are required to take Research Design (offered in the fall semester only) and two semesters of Thesis research and writing time (Thesis A and Thesis B). PR students take only one writing course (Professional Report), which must be taken the semester that you graduate.The range of topics for your PR or thesis is almost unlimited.The second step is to write a proposal in consultation with your readers.In your proposal, you will describe your topic and explain how you will investigate it.This should help you identify recent reports or theses.In addition, and to access reports prior to 2008, you can consult with the reference librarians in the Architecture and Planning Library in Battle Hall.A PR is typically a more applied project and can allow you to produce an example of the type of work that you hope to do after graduation.PR topics are more practice-oriented and often result in recommendations for a specific place.This freedom of choice is inspiring but can also make it difficult to decide!You can start with a broad debate or problem in the planning field and narrow down your topic from there.