UMBC’s Dissertation House begins Tuesday, July 6!

Dr. Janet Rutledge, UMBC's Graduate Dean, talks with doctoral candidate participants at the July 2009 Summer Dissertation House on UMBC's Campus. Participants came from a variety of departments across campus including Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Information Systems, Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering, Gerontology, and Psychology.

Following a successful Dissertation House session at the University of Maryland Baltimore (Medical School, Downtown campus), we are looking forward to welcoming UMBC’s students next week. This is the first summer that we are hosting Dissertation Houses on all three of the public doctoral research campuses in Maryland and the students say that they appreciate the convenience of having local sessions.  UMBC’s DH will be held in Room 329 of the Commons. Sessions will be at 9:00 AM sharp. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided free of charge to all participants.

The Dissertation House at UMBC is sponsored by the UMBC Graduate School and PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP. The Dissertation House addresses graduate school retention, a core value of UMBC.

About Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;
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6 Responses to UMBC’s Dissertation House begins Tuesday, July 6!

  1. Amy says:

    Today is the first day of the dissertation house. I’m revising the tables for the results section. My advisor has a list of revisions for me to work through. Fun!

  2. Yasaman says:

    I am a second year PhD student in Computer Science. I’m excited because I plan to start writing the first draft of my proposal today. I plan to write my ideas that I have discussed so far. Also, I want to read and summarize 3 papers on the similar frameworks, and 3 papers on SCM.

  3. Soumi Ray says:

    I am a PhD student in the Computer Science department. I plan to work on the background and related work section of my proposal for the next four days. I have selected six articles related to my PhD topic to read. I am going to write a summary of
    those papers and try to relate them to my work.

  4. Kerry says:

    Good morning,

    This week, I will be working primarily on drafting the results of my analyses for Chapter 4. During the past several months, I have pooled the necessary datafiles, constructed/reconstructed the dataset, and run the descriptives, frequencies/crosstabs, and correlations to prepare for the multivariate work. This work has been done with regular input from my advisor and key committee member, and is finalized. The tables have been completed and approved, but the narrative text needs to be completed. As the dataset is currently complete, I would like to run he logistic regressions this week also if time permits as this is the final step of the data analysis. My advisor would like me to defend the dissertation in early fall/September and I have this deadline in mind as I am drafting/completing the results section.

    I have drafted a number of ideas/possibilities for Chapter 5: Conclusion, but will work on this closer to mid-July after Chapter 4 is done.

    I hope everyone has a great week!


  5. renettatull says:

    Good morning everyone!

    It’s great to have you with us today! I’ve respectfully moved copied and moved your posts over to the “Summer 2010 Challenge” section of the website. Please continue your updates there. You can also go to the toolbar and click “Blog-Online Challenge.” There you’ll see a pull-down menu for “Summer 2010 Challenge.”

    I’ll see you on that section of the site.

    Best regards,
    Renetta Tull

  6. Soumi says:

    I have been having a hard time writing my related work chapter. I just had a meeting with Dr. Carter and she gave me great tips on how I can improve on that. My goals for the next three days has changed a little after meeting her. The first thing I am going to do tomorrow is create an outline for the related work chapter and then write the summary of the papers I am reading right now in the appropriate sections.
    Thank you Dr. Carter!

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