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Feb 08 2011Electrical Engineering
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"M.S. in Electrical Engineering for a plagiarized thesis"
I recently came across an M.S. thesis with some academic integrity issues. I feel an ethical and professional responsibility to address the problem. I'm concerned about the dilution of academic standards since two students who "wrote" the thesis were awarded with M.S. degree in the same department (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department). Note that the first thesis titled ?A Neuro-Fuzzy Classification System for IOS Data in Asthmatic Children? in 2008, and the second thesis titled "An Integrated Software Package for Model-Based Neuro-Fuzzy Classification of Small Airway Dysfunction? in 2009. The second one has even won the "Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation in 2009". It is a cold joke.

I can post a link here to a preview of the thesis from UMI ProQuest so that you can evaluate the extent of the plagiarism. What is typically done in these situations? Is a rewrite a valid option even if the majority of the text is not original (essentially the whole thesis would need to be rewritten in order to comply with common academic standards)? Please note that the adviser of the second thesis was the committee member of the first thesis. Also the adviser of the first thesis was the committee member of the second. Do you think the thesis advisers did not know the contents before signing off on a plagiarized thesis?

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Nov 12 2010Business - Management and Administration
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Honestly when I graduated I would have NEVER considered going to UTEP. I applied to many schools, and because of my good GPA I got into many of my choices such as Baylor, St. Marys, UNT, Washington State, and Northwestern. Unfortunately I was unable to leave home due to family issues and decided to go to UTEP until things worked themselves out.

At first I hated it. I was more embarrassed that I was going there then actually trying to look for the good in it. I have in fact learned that it has so much to offer. For those who complain about their majors program, I feel that the Engineering School, Nursing School, Business School, and even the Lib Arts do have profs with great passion and a great curriculum. Then again I asked around for the best classes to take before I registered. The courses I have taken have been very rewarding.

As for campus life, you have look at the events going on around you. Places such Leech grove, Union Breezeway, and the Geology Lawn almost always has an organization, or Greek event going on. If you are really interesting in things that you can be involved in around campus go to the SGA. They have tons of information about campus life. There are tons of events such as the movie premiers, local band shows, and different fun contests. Really you just have to go ask. I personally am involved in Greek life and trust me, tons of things happen on campus.

The surround area of the city does have places to go. There are a good number of clubs, bars, comedy clubs, and concerts to have a good time at. Again you just have to look around and find your own fix in the city.Really some of these responses are just from people who haven't given the school a chance. Its what you make of it. Just give it a chance :)

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
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Nov 10 2010History/Histories (art history/etc.)
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My advice is simple. Go to another university.
1st Year Male -- Class 2011
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