Summer Dissertation House, in-person @UMBC or online. Join us! July 10-13, 2018


Greetings! Thank you for joining us for the Summer 2018 Dissertation House. Those who applied to be with us in person at UMBC, welcome! Those who are joining us online, welcome! All, please be prepared to blog about your progress here:  https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/summer-2018-challenge/. Set your goals, daily. Be accountable, and post your accomplishments at the end of each day. Let this be your virtual checklist. Are we ready? Let’s go!

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About Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She is 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) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research is on global diversity in STEM 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: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Google+ google.com/+RenettaTull. Follow on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull
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31 Responses to Summer Dissertation House, in-person @UMBC or online. Join us! July 10-13, 2018

  1. Eli says:

    Hi this is Eli,
    1. Fill out form for proposal: email professors for signatures, contact supervisor about being on my committee

    2. Prepare slides for topic defense August 25

    3. Finish journal paper

    • Eli says:

      [completed] Finished form and submitted
      [completed] Generated graphs for paper
      [tomorrow] Finish evaluation section of paper
      [tomorrow] Work on timeline graduation schedule. When will I graduate?
      [tomorrow] Outline for three papers
      [tomorrow] Dissertation table of contents (1 page)

      • Eli says:

        [today] Work on finishing evaluation section. I need to add graphs to my paper. explain the experimental set up, data collection method, and results.

        • Eli says:

          [completed] added graphs, explained experimental setup
          [tomorrow] finish rest of evaluation sections
          [tomorrow] work on time line
          [tomorrow] work on dissertation table of contents
          [tomorrow] finish outline of other 2 papers

          • Eli says:

            [completed outlines for papers]
            [continue] still finish evaluation section and results. Almost done
            [tomorrow] finish evaluation section and build out plan

  2. Ali says:

    Ali:
    1. Finding my youtube videos for the journal paper
    2. Reading the three papers I need for the methodology section for the Youtube study for the journal
    3. Coming up with the study outlines for the future studies I need towards the thesis

  3. Laura says:

    Laura:

    1) Develop a timeline with targets and milestones
    2) Refine proposal abstract
    3) Determine approach for the literature review (collection, storage, analysis, etc.)
    4) Develop plan for data collection and analysis methods

    • Laura says:

      Day 1 Recap:
      – Developed task list in coordination with department and graduate school deadlines
      – Started drafting potential proposal alternatives
      – Scheduled check-in meeting with advisor and department chair
      – Participated in 1:1 session to discuss proposal, approach, and literature review

      Day 2 Plan:
      – Finalize task list and schedule
      – Continue drafting proposal alternatives
      – Create template for literature review (consolidate existing data)

      • Laura says:

        Day 2 Recap:
        – Finalized schedule, with milestones and tasks outlined for target graduation date
        – Continued drafting proposal alternatives
        – Consolidated files/previously conducted research to inform proposal alternatives
        – Prepared three-minute speech

        Day 2 Plan:
        – Three-minute speech
        – Complete drafting proposal alternatives
        – Meeting with department chair to discuss proposal abstract next steps
        – Complete prep for meeting with advisor
        – Begin finalizing proposal abstract for review

        • Laura says:

          Day 2 Recap:
          – Overview of proposal alternatives complete and reviewed with department director
          – Proposal abstract revisions received and reviewed
          – Edits for proposal abstract finalization started
          – Literature review template research/design completed

          Day 3 Plan:
          – Continue revising proposal abstract for final approval
          – Log at least 10 journal articles in literature review template
          – Three-minute speech
          – Meet with advisor

          • Laura says:

            **Day 3 Recap:
            – Overview of proposal alternatives complete and reviewed with department director
            – Proposal abstract revisions received and reviewed
            – Edits for proposal abstract finalization started
            – Literature review template research/design completed

            **Day 4 Plan:
            – Continue revising proposal abstract for final approval
            – Log at least 10 journal articles in literature review template
            – Three-minute speech
            – Meet with advisor

            • Eli says:

              Looks like you had a very productive week so far. Is the proposal you are working on for your dissertation or only for a journal paper?

  4. Heera says:

    Hi everyone,
    Yes, we will achieve our goals and walk out of this room on Friday!

    7/10: Complete CHI paper draft
    7/11: Read 5 articles and summarize them
    7/12: Complete the half section of CHI paper
    7/13: Complete the rest half section of CHI paper

  5. Wajanat says:

    Hello All, Here are my goals for DH are:
    – Developing my method instrument tools
    – Write introduction
    – Research Motivation
    – Contribution / implications
    – Find a theoretical framework (by looking on 10 refrences)

    • Wajanat says:

      Today I worked on writing questions for my survey and I am almost finished. For tomorrow, I want to complete the rest of the survey questions, add more specific questions related to parents. Then I will work on my interview guide.

  6. Ali says:

    1. i found 30 videos and logged them in the google sheet
    2. I currently search with google home assistant and visually impaired. Ineed to do search the same videos with Siri keyword and visually impaired

    Tomorrow:
    I will read the Anthony and Blythe papers to make sure how to do the content analysis and the measures we need to assure if the videos are worth watchin.

    • Ali says:

      hello, this morning I read one paper to see how to do my content analysis of the youtube videos. I also have a one-to-one meeting at 3pm.

      • Ali says:

        I read Anthony’s paper this morning and started defining the dimensions for the videos this afternoon.
        I had a productive one-to-one meeting with Dr. Carter-Veale.

        Tomorrow:
        I start watching the videos and see how this process goes forward.
        I will also look at potential codes I may need to add to the video sheets.

      • Ali says:

        Hello All,
        This morning I continue looking at Youtube videos and will update my google sheet with dimensions I need for each video for the analysis.

        • Ali says:

          Hope you all had a wonderful experience.
          I explored over 15 videos that I had collected for my study from youtube.
          I added dimensions to my google sheet regarding each video and a brief note in the beginning of each column summerizing what that video is actually talking about and making sure if I need to come back to it or not to have a complete watch

          Tomorrow:
          Half day I will finish the videos and the remaining will be outlining my next studies.
          i think I’d better finish this reviews first because I am becoming more disappointed about the value of the videos being able to contribute to my proposed journal paper.

  7. Wajanat says:

    Good morning, exciting for the second day of DH. Today I will continue working on my method instrument.

    • Wajanat says:

      Today I finished working on the first draft of my survey questions! Yay and I started working on the interview guide. For tomorrow, I want to continue working on the interview guide and write one section of chapter 1 (researcher stance).

  8. Wajanat says:

    Hello all, Third day of DH!! Today, I want to continue working on my interview guide. Then write one section of chapter 1.

    • Wajanat says:

      I had my one on one meeting today, it was really helpful. For tomorrow, I will finish reviewing my instrument and complete my draft of (researcher stance).

  9. Ruken Isik says:

    Hello All! Today I have not been as productive as I anticipated in terms of writing, but I read an article that helped me to think about the possible topic for one of my chapters. On the other hand, I am so happy for being able to do the three minute presentation and thank you for the feedbacks!

    Tomorrow: I will continue reading the sample proposal, pull out some articles for literature review, and continue to outline the chapters.

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