Dissertation House for University System of Maryland at SSI, August 14-15, 2014


University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 14-15, 2014

The University of Maryland, College Park  and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring a system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students in STEM programs.  The writing and research retreat will take place at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve.   Lodging for 2 nights and meals are provided for student participants.   Twelve students from the USM system schools will be chosen to participate in this research and writing retreat.  http://www.thehotelarundel.com/

 2014 PROMISE SSI Dissertation House Schedule:

  • 8/14  6-9 pm  Introduction to DH, Dinner Meeting
  • 8/14 9-11  pm Work Session
  • 8/15  9-6  pm DH Sessions, Work Session, Breakfast and Lunch
  • 8/15 6-8 pm Dinner Meeting
  • 8/15 9-11 pm Work Session

Eligibility for the SSI Dissertation House:

STEM Graduate Program, URM according to the NSF Definition for AGEP, U.S. Citizen

Per NSF.gov: AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities (URMs), including those with disabilities, entering and completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool. URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.


This event is part of the PROMISE Summer Success Institute. Following the Dissertation House sessions on Thursday and Friday, all participants will be required to continue participation in the PROMISE SSI on Saturday, August 16 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve: http://promiseagep.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/promise_ssi_2014/

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    SSI USM Summer 2014 Dissertation House

    The University of Maryland, College Park will host a system-wide Dissertation House in conjunction with the Summer Success Institute (SSI) – writing and research workshop conducted from August 14-15, 2014 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. The Dissertation House facilitates students’ progression through the doctoral dissertation process by providing the professional consultation, guidance, and support necessary for scholarly research and writing. The Dissertation House On-Campus is based on the successful Scholars’ Retreat at the University of Colorado at Denver, the PROMISE Dissertation House (est. 2006), the UMBC & UMCP Dissertation Houses On-Campus, and Dr. Wendy Carter’s Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished – TADA® books and materials from the ABD Solutions Company, LLC.

    Dissertation House Application Procedures
    The on-site setting provides Dissertation House USM STEM 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 meet with a dissertation coach in one-on-one consultations to discuss and
    address obstacles that might prevent them from completing their degrees.

    This is a 1.5 day commitment is designed to focus on the doctoral dissertation. The Dissertation House
    activities focus on areas where students typically have difficulty: conceptualizing a topic, writing a literature review, transitioning from a proposal to a dissertation, analyzing data, writing the last chapter, and editing.

    To apply to attend the SSI USM Summer 2014 Dissertation House, submit a brief description (maximum 2 pages, font size 11-12 point, 1-inch margins) that describes the project that you wish to accomplish during the Dissertation House period. Please use the following guidelines: (i) Summary of the project, including research question(s), data or texts, and method; (ii) Amount completed on the project to date; and (iii) Any obstacles that you are encountering that hinder completion of the dissertation. Include the following header information with the description:

    Name / Address / Telephone numbers (home, office, and fax) / E-mail address
    Academic Program, Year in the program, Name of University
    Expected date of doctoral degree completion

    Dates/Location: August 14-August 15th, The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. Lodging and Meals will be

    Application Period: Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Thursday, July 17, 2014. Email applications to Dr. Ana
    Maria Perez, amperez@umd.edu. Please use the words “SSI Dissertation House” in the subject line of your email.

    Selection Process: 12 participants will be selected for participation in the Dissertation House. The following applicants will have priority: (i) Applicants who are U.S. citizens, enrolled in USM STEM doctoral programs and plan to finish the Ph.D. in 2014; (ii) Individuals who are working on dissertations and theses rather than a proposal; (iii) Applicants who submit earliest; and (iv) Individuals who appear most able to benefit from the services offered at the Dissertation House.

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What is dissertation house?

The Dissertation House program is an intensive writing retreat designed to help graduate students overcome the barriers that often impede progress on their dissertations. Developed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the program provides a supportive and structured environment where students can focus on their writing, receive feedback, and learn effective time management and goal-setting strategies. Over several days, students work in groups, participate in workshops, and receive coaching from experienced facilitators. The Dissertation House program has been highly successful in helping students make significant progress on their dissertations. It is widely regarded as a valuable resource for graduate students seeking to complete their degrees.


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