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When evaluating a possible dissertation topic, think of a title, summary, and possible conclusions.
Look for classes and internships that will increase your breadth and experience.
When evaluating possible faculty advisers, look for a person who not only is professionally competent, but also cares about the quality of your educational experience.
To gain perspective on your work, look at other people's projects and invite them to look at yours.
Plan ways to complete your degree expeditiously.
At your university or via the Internet, join or form an interdisciplinary dissertation support group or a journal club (in which students and faculty meet to discuss the latest journal articles).