I am currently finishing writing my MSc thesis. I am considering separating the acknowledgments section in two:
- Personal acknowledgments (sorted as advisor(s)/family/SO/friends)
- Acknowledging financial support
Point 2 is straight forward. My issue is with point 1.
What kind of freedom do I have here? My thesis is in English (not my nor the university's native language) so, am I allowed to, for example, write some paragraphs on my native language when I am acknowledging non-native English speakers?
Slightly different topic but do I have the freedom to write "inside references" that likely only the person who I am writing to will understand, when addressing friends or SO?
Essentially, what will be frowned upon by the referees in the acknowledgments section?
There are a couple directions to look to see how your school handles this sort of thing:
- Your supervisor probably has an idea of what's been done in the past.
- Theses in your school or department's library - school's keep past theses that have been accepted on record - have a look at what people in your school, department, and program have done in the past.
In general - a quick survey of what my colleagues have used in the acknowledgements section of their master's theses has determined:
- Inside jokes are ok.
- Multilingual messages are ok (we are in Canada though, so French and English is pretty common)
- None of us believe the any of the referees bothered to read the personal acknowledgements.