Winter 2016 Dissertation House

The Winter Dissertation House is coming to UMBC (January 19-22, 2016). Graduate Winter-ICE - mandelbrot-1009704_1280students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House (below).

Open application period: December 8, 2015– January 6, 2016 

(Please note that there are only 12 to 15 slots for this event, consider applying early) 

Applications received after January 6, 2016 will be considered for the DH waiting list. More information about the DissertationHouse:

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 5PM, for four days, Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22.
  • 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.

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” below, *AND* follow the application procedures on the main website for the Dissertation House:


Dissertation House Application Procedures
Both the on-campus setting and the retreat setting provide 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.

The Dissertation House period can span either a Tuesday – Friday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., non-residential) or a Friday – Sunday weekend (includes evening sessions) commitment 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.
Students may apply to attend the next Dissertation House during open application enrollment, by submitting two parts of an application.


I. 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 Houseperiod.  Applications will neither be reviewed nor accepted outside of the application enrollment period.


II. Please use the following guidelines  for the application:

(1) Summary of the project, including research question(s), data or texts, and method

(2) Amount completed on the project to date

(3) Any obstacles that you are encountering that hinder completion of the dissertation.

(4) 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

Dates/Location: January 19 to 22th (Tuesday – Friday), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Dissertation House will be held in COMM 329 (for Dissertation House) and COMM 332 (for one-on-one sessions).

Application Enrollment Period: Application can be submitted within a designated 2-week period, usually scheduled 1-2 months prior to the next Dissertation House session.  Email applications to  Please use the words “Dissertation House” in the subject line of your email.

Selection Process: Eighteen participants will be selected for participation in the Dissertation House.  The following applicants will have priority:  (1) Applicants who plan to finish the Ph.D. within the next 6 months; (2) Individuals who are working on dissertations and theses rather than a proposal; (3) Applicants who submit earliest; and (4) Individuals who appear most able to benefit from the services offered at the Dissertation House.

If your application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance notice via email and additional details about the Dissertation House.  All students, including those who have not applied or those who are not selected, have the option to participate in the next online challenge, a virtual version of the Dissertation House:

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7 Responses to Winter 2016 Dissertation House

  1. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage other graduate students to take advantage of this great opportunity provided by Dr. Renetta Tull and the Dissertation House staff. I successful defended my dissertation yesterday. God bless you all and thank you very much.

    Phyllis Brooks Collins, Ph.D.

    • Amanda Lo says:

      Congratulations, Dr. Collins!!!

      I am very happy happy to hear about your successful defense and that the Dissertation House has helped you through the process of completion! 🙂 Wishing you the best of luck on you career and a bright future ahead! 🙂

      Amanda Lo

    • Congratulations Dr. Brooks-Collins! We are proud of you! I’m sure that you are still getting used to being addressed as Dr. Brooks-Collins, but doesn’t it feel good? You’ve worked hard! Best wishes to you as you continue to make a difference for your students in Delaware and beyond.

    • Fantastic, Dr. Collins (or Dr. Brooks Collins?)!!! Congratulations, and I second your statement that the Dissertation House is an incredible resource for getting done (for me, it was essential).

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