Define Prolific Dissertation Definition

  • For her dissertation research, Edinger studied an endocast of the Triassic marine reptile Nothosaurus, kicking off her life-long investigation into fossilized brains.

    —leila mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Shaped the Study of Fossil Brains,"1 Mar. 2018

  • His dissertation on western NM and east TX is still considered a classic.

    —, "Henry Snider,"11 Jan. 2018

  • For a doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan, Kao examined Lake Huron’s king salmon collapse, concluding the fishery that once existed likely won’t ever return to its glory days because of the alewife shortage.

    —tony briscoe,, "Invasive mussels help Lake Michigan surpass Superior in clarity but threaten food chain,"26 Jan. 2018

  • In 1954, King was finishing a doctoral dissertation at Boston University.

    —jenn m. jackson, Teen Vogue, "Martin Luther King Jr. Was More Radical Than We Remember,"15 Jan. 2018

  • Grad students working on dissertations and theses might have to change their research topics or push back their timelines.

    —rebecca boyle, Popular Mechanics, "What the Shutdown Did to Science,"17 Oct. 2013

  • Many top private universities (such as Harvard, Princeton, Duke, and Stanford) already list high graduate tuition for the first few years and then cut tuition by 75–90 percent for dissertation work.

    —gabriel rossman, National Review, "Do Not Raise Taxes on Ph.D. Students,"14 Dec. 2017

  • Born studied physics and math at German universities, writing his dissertation at the University of Göttingen in 1906.

    —grace donnelly, Fortune, "Facts About Max Born, the German Physicist Honored With a Google Doodle on His 135th Birthday,"11 Dec. 2017

  • Colleen Tewksbury, a public health Ph.D. student at Temple University, works full-time as a dietitian and is finishing up her dissertation this year.

    —aubrey whelan,, "Grad students say GOP provision will tax them out of school,"8 Dec. 2017

  • pro·lif·ic


    1. Producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile: a prolific variety of grape.

    2. Producing or characterized by abundant works or results: a prolific artist; a prolific period in a writer's life. See Synonyms at fertile.

    [French prolifique, from Medieval Latin prōlificus : Latin prōlēs, prōl-, offspring; see al- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficus, -fic.]

    pro·lif′i·ca·cy(-ĭ-kə-sē), pro·lif′ic·ness(-ĭk-nĭs) n.

    pro·lif′i·cal·ly adv.


    (prəˈlɪfɪk) or



    1. producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance

    2. producing constant or successful results

    3. (often foll by: in or of) rich or fruitful

    [C17: from Medieval Latin prōlificus, from Latin prōlēs offspring]


    proˈlificness, proˈlificacyn


    (prəˈlɪf ɪk)


    1. producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful.

    2. highly productive: a prolific writer.

    3. characterized by abundant production: a prolific year.

    [1640–50; < Medieval Latin prōlificus fertile]

    pro•lif•i•ca•cy (prəˈlɪf ɪ kə si) n.


    syn: See productive.

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