(Article courtesy of Queen's News, Friday 18th September 2009)
When she submitted her MSc thesis in Community Health & Epidemiology to the School of Graduate Studies earlier this month, Jenn Carpenter, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, reached a landmark for graduate studies at Queen's - the 1,000th electronic thesis submission since the introduction of the E-Thesis program in July 2007.
"This is a significant milestone," says Janice Deakin, dean and associate vice-principal of Graduate Studies. "Virtually all theses have been submitted via e-thesis since the program's inception. To have reached 1,000 theses in a period of a little over two years illustrates the outstanding level and breadth of graduate activity happening at Queen's."
Jenn Carpenter, photo by Greg Black
The e-thesis program requires graduate students to submit their theses and dissertations electronically through QSpace, Queen's digital research and learning repository. A quick search through the collection returns theses and dissertations across 41 departments, ranging from Anatomy and Cell Biology to Urban and Regional Planning.
"I was delighted to learn that my thesis represented a milestone," says Dr. Carpenter. "After working with professors Rob Brison and Will King, the greatest and most patient supervisors I could hope for, the electronic submission through QSpace was one of the easiest parts of the process."
Many students have expressed satisfaction with the electronic submission process, adds Dr. Deakin. "QSpace enables us to offer convenient 24/7 access," she says. "Our students can submit their theses and dissertations from anywhere in the world."
Sam Kalb, the Library's scholarly communication services coordinator, administers the QSpace repository.
"QSpace offers a highly effective and easy mechanism to make digital content available to the international research community," he notes. Although depositors may choose to limit access to the works they place in QSpace, in most cases the content is made freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
"Having scholarly works available online, tagged and indexed for search engines like Google and Google Scholar, makes it easier for other researchers and prospective graduate students to find them," says Mr. Kalb. "This contributes to increased citation counts and helps to highlight the excellent research being conducted at the university by faculty and graduate students like Dr. Carpenter."
For further details on the distribution of graduate theses by discipline, see http://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/5156