Welcome to the Dissertation House


The Dissertation House is comprised of a series of workshops, meetings, and seminars that are held on college campuses and at conferences to facilitate successful completion of the doctoral degree. The workshops emphasize writing the dissertation, preparing for the defense, and communicating with faculty. The Dissertation House is a program of the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and is supported by the Graduate Schools at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Growth of the program is also attributed to the Council of Graduate School’s Ph.D. Completion Project.
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Don’t stop working on the dissertation until you’re finished, and learn from “Painful People”


Doctor of Philosophy DegreeThe following message was posted as part of the Dissertation House’s blog within the “Winter 2014 Challenge” thread.  It is repeated here so that those who read the general blog, will receive the message as well. At the time of the original post, there were 112 messages. Now, there are 134. Good job “DHers!”

The Winter 2014 Challenge thread is here: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/winter-2014/. Feel free to join. The thread will be active until the end of June 2014.

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January 23, 2014

Buenos tardes a todos!!/Good afternoon to everyone!!

Estoy en Ecuador y estoy muy feliz porque hay 112 mesajes aqui!/I am in Ecuador and am very happy because there are 112 messages here!

Congratulations to all of you on your persistence! What does your persistence mean? If you blogged in during the snow storm, you have already proven that you have what it takes. You have drive and determination. That is a large part of the battle. The Dissertation House exists to assist you with navigating the process and adding “knowledge of the process” to your enthusiasm.

My message for you today is simple:

1) Don’t stop until you’re done!
Dr. Carter-Veale, Dr. Cortes, and some of you have seen people in the DH who felt frustrated, tired, and upset, BUT … they finished. They defended, handed in their dissertations, and walked across the stage with the big robe and the thick bars on their arms. That will be you … soon.

2) Pay close attention to the tips that you will receive in the DH.
These are tried and tested methods. With a pure heart, I ask you to “just do it.”

3) As much as possible, stay in close contact with your advisor.
Your advisor needs to know that you are working.You also want to be sure that you are on the right page and that the expectations are in sync.

4) Utilize the community that is being established in the DH. It helps!
Working on the dissertation does not have to be a lonely, isolated process. You are now surrounded by a community of scholars with like minds and goals. There’s energy there. Feed on it. Use it. Bask in it!

5) Embrace the process.
This is the hard one. The process is difficult, but there are parts of the process that are worth the frustration. The dissertation process teaches you how to deal with long-term projects, how to deal with contrasting personalities (e.g., your committee), how to deal with rejection, and how to handle your own emotions. This is a maturation process. You may not know all of the answers, but you learn how to investigate solutions, and you learn to think through options. You may not like all of the people with whom you’re working, but you learn how to negotiate for what you need, and you learn to appreciate the strengths that people bring to the table, regardless of whether or not you care for them personally. You can still learn from “Painful People.” You can still learn from people, even when they aren’t providing information or assistance in a way that is amiable or projecting a feeling of giving. Take what they provide and find its worth. Above all, learn to appreciate the process of becoming more adept in your field.

Overall, I’m sorry that I’m not there in person for this session, but feel free to make an appointment with me to talk when I return to UMBC in February. Good luck to all of you! Congratulations on your hard work and keep it up. Those letters … “P,” “h,” and “D,” are dangling, hanging around, waiting for you to finish so that they can accompany your name!

Best regards,
Renetta Tull

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The Dissertation House is a program of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP

Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale is the “Head Coach” for the Dissertation House.

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Day 2 of the Dissertation House Starts at Noon


 

This year’s Winter Dissertation House start has truly been challenging but we have stepped up to meet the challenge.  The temperature outside today is in the single digits. The winter weather closed the UMBC campus on day 1.  Nonetheless, students stepped up and participated on line with many posts and updates of goals throughout the day. We are determined. Join us.

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The Dissertation House “Winter 2014″ Challenge is now available


Cliff of IceIt’s winter and it’s cold. It’s the PERFECT time for you to join us for the PROMISE AGEP’s Winter 2014 Dissertation House Online. Click here to join. In addition to hosting the Winter 2014 Online Challenge, PROMISE will host a residential version of the Dissertation House on UMBC’s campus from January 21 to January 24, 2014 for UMBC’s students who registered in advance. Stay tuned for the Summer Dissertation House in July 2014 which will be available to doctoral students in programs throughout the University System on Maryland.

Unlike the residential programs that take place on individual campuses, the Dissertation House Online is open to any graduate student, from any university … anywhere! Join us online today.

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Dissertation House for Employees and Non-Traditional Students starts Friday, Oct. 11, 2013


This morning, we opened the Fall 2013 “Dissertation House for Employees and Non-Traditional Students.”

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Here is the original announcement that went out via MyUMBC:

If you are an employee of UMBC (50% time or more) or a “Non-Traditional” student, and if you are working on your graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you! We’ve worked with our UMBC employees who are also graduate students at UMBC, College Park, Northeastern, and other institutions.  This year, we are extending this opportunity to non-traditional students who are coming back to school or working full-time. This time is for you! This session will have support, coaching, and food will be provided for you on both days.

You work hard every day to serve others on our campus! You may be supporting your family members, or you have decided to take some time for yourself to reach your goals.  Now, let us work with you to finish your graduate degree. This version of the “Dissertation House” was created just for you!

Dissertation House for UMBC Employees and Non-Traditional Students
Friday, 10/11/13,   9:00 – 5:00 PM (Part I), COMM 331
Saturday, 10/12/13, 10:00 – 3:00 PM(Part II), COMM 318/COMM 332

If you are a graduate student from another school within the University System of Maryland, you may apply to participate in this session, and your application will be considered. You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging. 

UMBC’s graduate students: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/18934

ALL applicants must adhere to the regular “Dissertation House Application” procedureshttp://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

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Dissertation House + Postdoctoral & Alumni Writing Suite at UMB, today!


SMC CenterToday, we celebrate part 1 of the 2013 PROMISE Summer Success Institute with a Dissertation House, and a Postdoctoral & Alumni Writing Suite at the SMC Center at UMB! Postdocs and alumni may join us virtually by posting your goals here. Dissertation House (DH) participants will be meeting with Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale. Those participating in the “in-person” DH and those who are participating virtually can post their goals here: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/summer-2013-challenge/.  Let’s make it a productive day!

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LLC’s doctoral students “get it done” in the Dissertation House – July 2013


Forming a community can be so important to success, particularly during a typically isolating process like graduate school. Today, we feature doctoral students from UMBC’s Department of Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) who are working on their dissertations during the 2013 Summer Dissertation House at UMBC. Congratulations to our LLC students who have taken the time to strengthen their community and work toward their goals! Pictured, L-R: Latasha Eley, Anissa Sorokin, Autumn Reed, Satarupa Joardar, and Amy Pucino.  

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The Dissertation House at UMBC is sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and The Graduate School at UMBC.

 

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Summer Dissertation Houses at UMBC and College Park – July 2013


Our Summer Dissertation Houses will be held at UMBC and College Park in July 2013.

UMBC: July 9-12, 2013: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/save-the-date-summer-dissertation-house-july-9-12-2013-umbc/

UMCP: July 16-19, 2013

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Deadlines have passed, but for questions, contact promisestaff@gmail.com for UMBC’s Dissertation House, and  grad-retention@umd.edu for UMCP’s Dissertation House. In each case, please put “Dissertation House” in the subject line of the email.

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Summer 2013: “Writing for Publication” Workshop at UMBC, July 9-10


Books3Based on  The Dissertation House, “Writing for Publication” allows graduate students at all levels to spend time on publications for journals.  In these sessions, students who are ready to prepare research for publication will gather as a group to work on manuscripts.

Dates: Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Location: UMBC Commons, Room 331

Eligibility:  All M.S. and Ph.D. students, in all disciplines are welcome to apply.  We will choose up to 15 students. Decisions will be made based on clarity and focus of project descriptions.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Kevin Omland, Professor, Biological Sciences, UMBC

Project Description/Application:

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“Writing for Publication” goes on the road – Puerto Rico Sessions: May 17-19 w/ UMBC’s Dr. Kevin Omland


UMET_PRWe have taken best practices from our NSF PROMISE AGEP Dissertation House and the NSF ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Project to develop the “Writing for Publication” workshop. This week, we welcome 22 members of the faculty from Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) to our workshop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Kevin Omland of UMBC will be the key presenter.

Anyone who is working on an article for publication, may join us on this blog over the next few days. Feel free to add a comment and tell us what you’re writing.

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Save the date! Summer Dissertation House: July 9-12, 2013 @ UMBC


Summer Dissertation House at UMBC: July 9-12, 2013

Spend 4 days writing … make progress on your dissertation!


The Summer Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, July 9-12. Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House.

Open application period: Early bird May 13, 2013 – May 24, 2013. Late registration May 25, 2013 – May 31, 2013 (Applications received during the early bird period will have priority)

(Please note that there are only 15 to 18 slots for this event, consider applying early) 

Applications
received after May 31, 2013 will be considered for the DH waiting
list. More information about the Dissertation House: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/about/

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 5PM, for four days, Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 12.
  • Students must plan to attend the full session, for each of the 4 days.
  • Daily schedule includes 2 mini-lectures, and 5 hours of writing per day.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and a snack will be served daily.
  • The Dissertation House is free for UMBC’s graduate students.
  • There are 15 to 18 spaces available for the Dissertation House.
  • Details regarding eligibility can be found on the application page of the website for the Dissertation House.
  • Subscribe to the website: http://www.thedissertationhouse.com

Read about The Dissertation House in UMBC’s Alumni Magazine: Byrne, R.  (2011, Fall) “The Write Stuff”, UMBC Magazine. p. 12

Please login to MyUMBC, click “I can attend,”  *AND* follow the application procedures on the main website for the Dissertation House: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

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Dr. Portia Taylor (CMU, QoLT, PROMISE DH Alum) talks @UMBC about motion sensors & rehabilitation: April 10, 2013


Renetta Garrison Tull:

Dr. Taylor is an alum of the PROMISE DH at Carnegie Mellon, and was a DH blog participant.

Originally posted on PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP:

Dr. Portia Taylor, an alum of the PROMISE Dissertation House at Carnegie Mellon (hosted by the Quality of Life Technology CenterUniversity of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University), will be a guest speaker for UMBC’s Information Systems Department on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12-1:00 PM, in Room 459 of the Information Technology/Engineering (ITE) Building. The UMBC announcement can be found here: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/2013/04/talk-sensor-based-assessment-of-human-motion-during-therapeutic-exercise/

All are invited to attend Dr. Taylor’s lecture. Dr. Taylor is an IT Fellow at the Social Security Administration, and is a new Adjunct Assistant Professor in Information Systems at UMBC.

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Dissertation Coach Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale gives free seminar, Sat. 2/23/13 at UMBC


Wendy3“Practical Steps for Completing Your Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation”

Speaker: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale (PROMISE Dissertation Coach, The Dissertation House)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

10AM -12 Noon

UMBC Campus, Public Policy Building, Room 206

Directions: http://promisesuccessseminars.wordpress.com/directions-to-campuses/

RSVP: UMBC’s graduate students are asked to RSVP on MyUMBC here:http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/16380

Students from other campuses are asked to RSVP as a comment for this post.

Join the blog for The Dissertation House today! http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/winter-2013-challenge/.  Any student from any school may join.

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The January 2013 Online Writing Challenges Begin NOW! (Dissertation, Thesis, Publications!)


We enjoy hosting in-person events in Maryland for the Dissertation House, the Postdoctoral Writing Suite, and the new pilot “Writing for Publication” workshop. If you missed the deadlines for the in-person events, if you go to a school outside of Maryland, or if you can’t join us on campus, please strongly consider joining us online! You can blog with us and be part of the online community by introducing yourself, posting your goals, and recording your progress along the way. Our Winter 2013 cohorts will be blogging in full swing starting January 22, but you can begin now. Here are the links:

1) For “Writing for Publication” – blog here: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/new-initiative-writing-for-publication-january-22-23-2013-umbc/

2) For the Dissertation House Winter 2013 Challenge, blog here: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/winter-2013-challenge/

These events are hosted by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and The Graduate School at UMBC.

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New Initiative: Writing For Publication – January 22-23, 2013 @ UMBC


HIn the spirit of The Dissertation House, we are piloting a new seminar series called “Writing for Publication” for graduate students at all levels.  In these sessions, students who are ready to prepare research for publication would gather as a group with a mentor-coach to hear advice, set goals, and work on manuscripts.

Dates: Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Location: UMBC Commons, Room 318 (1/22), Room 331 (1/23)

Eligibility:  All M.S. and Ph.D. students, in all disciplines are welcome to apply.  We will choose up to 15 students. Decisions will be made based on clarity and focus of project descriptions.

Mentor-Coach: Dr. Patricia Young, Associate Professor of Education, UMBC

Project Description/Application:

A) Please submit a current CV.

B) Please answer the following questions:  (1) What is the topic of your intended publication? (2) Where are you in the writing process? (3) Have you published any journal articles to date? (4) Which journals are you targeting? (Please give the titles, with websites) 5) What are your goals for this workshop (Completed paper? Abstract? Literature Review?).

C) Include the following header information with the description:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers (home, office, and fax)
  • E-mail address
  • Academic Program and Year in the program

Deadline: We have a short window for this pilot project. Email applications to promisestaff@gmail.com by December 19, 2012.  Please use the words “Writing for Publication” in the subject line of your email.

Sample schedule: 

Day 1, January 22, 2013
9:00 Breakfast, welcome, and introductions.
9:15 – 9:30 Goal setting
9:30 – 12:00 Mini Lecture and Discussion #1 by Dr. Young
“The Basics and Insider Tips to Academic Writing. “
12 – 1:00 Lunch in the Skylight Room
1:00 – 2:00 Mini Lecture and Discussion #2 by Dr. Young
“Writing is revising, editing and rewriting”
2:00 – 5:00 Work on Publication
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Day 2, Wednesday, January 23, 2013
9:00 Breakfast, report-out, and goal-setting
9:30 – 10:30 Mini Lecture and Discussion #3 by Dr. Young
“Perseverance and Publishing.”
10:30 – 12:00 Work on Publication
12 – 1:00 Lunch in the Skylight Room
1:00 – 1:30 Remarks and Remaining Tips by Dr. Young
1:30 – 5:00 Work on Publication
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Winter Dissertation House – Coming January 22-25, 2013


Join us for the Winter Dissertation House at UMBC.  Applications are due by December 14, 2012.



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If you are a Graduate Student at UMBC, and if you are working on your  graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you!The on-campus setting provides Dissertation House participants with productive and rewarding scholastic engagement. Students who participate in this program will spend each day thinking, writing, and sharing ideas about their doctoral dissertations. Students will learn effective time-management skills; learn how to set small manageable goals, and will meet with a dissertation coach in one-on-one consultations to discuss and address obstacles that might prevent them completing their degrees.This is a weekday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., non-residential) commitment set for the week of Tuesday, January 22 – Friday, January 25, 2013.This information and other details about the Dissertation House can be found on: http://www.thedissertationhouse.com
Students from other schools within the University System of Maryland may apply and will be considered if there are spaces available. 
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Applications Due:  Friday, December 14, 2012 (Extended and Final Deadline!)RSVP  on MyUMBC by clicking “I can attend” here:  http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/14797
AND follow the link below for Applications Procedures.
http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/
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Dissertation House for UMBC Employees and Non-Traditional Students, Oct. 12-13, 2012


 

If you are an employee of UMBC or a “Non-Traditional” student, and if you are working on your graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you! We’ve worked with our UMBC employees who are also graduate students at UMBC, College Park, Northeastern, and other institutions.  This year, we are extending this opportunity to non-traditional students who are coming back to school or working full-time. This time is for you! This session will have support, coaching, and food will be provided for you on both days.

You work hard every day to serve others on our campus! You may be supporting your family members, or you have decided to take some time for yourself to reach your goals.  Now, let us work with you to finish your graduate degree. This version of the “Dissertation House” was created just for you!

Dissertation House for UMBC Employees and Non-Traditional Students
Friday, 10/12/12, 10:00 – 5:00 PM (Part I), Library 7th Floor
Friday, 10/13/12, 10:00 – 3:00 PM(Part II), Library 7th Floor

The application is simple … just tell us what you’re working on (your first paper for a grad class, your first project, study for your first graduate school exam, your proposal, your qualifying exam, your dissertation, or preparation for your defense.) CLICK here: and apply: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

 

 

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Webinar – “The Final Defense” – Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Register by Aug. 29


This afternoon, Dissertation House co-founders Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale and Dr. Renetta Tull joined Oregon State University Physicist Dr. Rubin Landau, and Dr. Phoebe Lenear from the Empowering Leadership Alliance at Rice University to lead a webinar on “The Dissertation Proposal.”   The next webinar will discuss “The Final Defense.” If you want to join, here are the instructions:

*The Final Defense: Thursday, August 30, 10 AM Pacific, 12 PM Central, 1 PM Eastern.  Sign up for this session here by Wednesday, August 29, 2012.  If you previously signed up for the webinar, it is not necessary to register again.  

This webinar is sponsored by the Empowering Leadership Alliance and is open to any graduate student, from any school.  About the Empowering Leadership Alliance:

The Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) is a program that was launched in 2007 and is funded by NSF. The program’s director and PI is Professor Richard Tapia at Rice University, and engages underrepresented minority students in computing disciplines at research institutions in a nationwide network composed of dozens of leading universities, professional societies, laboratories, research centers, and corporations.  Read the original press release here.   

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Dissertation House at 2012 SSI for “Alumni” – Friday, August 17


If you have participated in the Dissertation House in the past, and if you still have work to complete, then you are invited to join us for the Dissertation House at the 2012 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI).  “Alumni” of the DH know how to get down to business immediately. So if you need time and space to jump right into DH mode, use the regular application process, and use “DH @ 2012 SSI” in the subject line of your email. This invitation is open to any graduate student, from any school, who has participated in at least one FULL 3 or 4-day DH Session (e.g., any campus, at a PROMISE retreat, any year) or the 2011 SSI DH Marathon in Columbia.  This event will take place on Friday, August 17, 2012, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, in Room Commons 329, on UMBC’s campus.

Guidelines and Requirements

Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

This DH session includes breakfast refreshments, a buffet lunch, and an afternoon snack. 

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Dissertation House Summer 2012 at College Park … A Success!


The results are in! The Dissertation House at College Park was a success. Dr. Carter-Veale and Dr. Alexis Williams recorded the full range of sentiments, reflections, and take-home messages on our Summer 2012 Challenge, and on the PhD Completion website.   Here is a subset of those highlights:

  • Own the dissertation process
  • Don’t try to avoid it
  • Visualize yourself in your cap and gown
  • Change your perception of productivity
  • Trust yourself, own your process
  • Set a date and create a schedule. Start the countdown!
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Webinars on Proposals and Dissertations – Postponed until August/September


The Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) webinars on “Proposal Writing” and the “The Final Defense” that were scheduled for today, Monday July 16, 2012, and tomorrow, Tuesday July 17, 2012, have been postponed. They will be rescheduled for a later date in either August or September, due to an unexpected and unfortunate event that affects the ELA family. ELA contacted Dr. Carter-Veale and Dr. Tull this morning with the news and sends apologies for the inconvenience. Dr. Carter-Veale and Dr. Tull look forward to presenting at another time, at the convenience of the ELA.

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