Use in Papers and Dissertations
Sometimes it's a nice thing to thank the people who have guided you through writing an educational piece, such as a thesis or a dissertation. For one of these occasions, there are a few different ways you can write this, but here are two of my personal favorite and widely acceptable ways to write an acknowledgment. This first one thanks a specific person, normally the professor or supervisor (in some cases, that is the same person) who helped you write the paper.
This paper could not be written to its fullest without [Doctor Smith], who served as my supervisor, as well as one who challenged and encouraged me throughout my time spent studying under him. He would have never accepted anything less than my best efforts, and for that, I thank him.
This second one thanks more than one person, usually a series of professors, supervisors, colleges, and/or employers, and includes the ways that they helped. This is a professional way to recognize several people without making one seem more important than the others.
I wish to thank everyone who helped me complete this dissertation. Without their continued efforts and support, I would have not been able to bring my work to a successful completion.
Dr. T.S. Smith: for guidance
Mr. J. Jones: for his scholarship and participation in my study
Dr. S. Brown: for advice and the use of her lab
Ms. C. McMurray: For formatting and editing