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  •  Yes, but the standards vary drastically, depending (13+ / 0-)

    on school, department, and your reviewers.  I've sat in on a couple defenses, and most were fairly painless, including that of one student I wasn't terribly impressed by, though since he was more biology than Computer Science, my standards may have been too high.  Mine went pretty smoothly, too.

    The thesis committee is expected to read the thesis, and I find it unlikely that any competent  thesis advisor would have read it more than once, though at a middling school like Harvard, you never know (That's only half a joke - Harvard isn't known for having professors the most concerned about their students.  I should note that I went to a rival school, so may have some bias).  It's possible the other members of the committee overlooked the overt racism, but I think it's unlikely.

    I probably wouldn't be a good reviewer for the dissertation - I could work my way through the math and the references, but I don't really see a whole lot of work there, compared to someone, who, say, actually does experiments in a lab, writes code, or works through novel formal proofs.  Also seems to be a lot of conjecture.

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