When Dissertation Materials Are Stolen

August 25, 2015

Lindsey Schiffler returned from a recent trip to find her apartment had been robbed, and among the items taken was a flash drive containing both raw data and personal observations for her dissertation for her doctorate in leadership at the University of St. Thomas, in Minnesota, The Star-Tribune reported. Before she left on her trip, she emailed a dissertation draft to her professors, so that exists. But all of her data and observation records were on the flash drive. (She notes that she also had much of her information elsewhere, but everything happened to be in the same place when she was robbed.) Schiffler is hoping it will turn up -- as it would have fairly limited value to the thief who hit her apartment. And she's sharing her story as a reminder to others. “I’m kicking myself for not also saving everything to the cloud or Google Drive,” she said.

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