Fall 2018 Dissertation House for Non-Traditional Graduate Students, including University Employees, and Career Professionals


Dates: Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Location: UMBC, Commons Building, Rooms: 331 and 328.

Time: 9 am – 5 pm (each day).

This activity is open to any full-time UMBC employee who is working on a thesis or dissertation, at any university, e.g., UMBC employees who are in the doctoral program at Frostburg University. This activity is also open to UMBC graduate students who are full-time employees, career professionals, or non-traditional returning students.

Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale


Applications are open until September 21, 2018.


To be considered for this DH please complete the following:

Registration: Please log into myUMBC (https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/62952). Click the “Going” button at the bottom, *AND* follow the application procedures on the main website for the Dissertation House: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/. The application period to apply to attend this Dissertation House will close on September 21st.


Event Details:

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 5 PM, for two days, Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.
  • Students must plan to attend the full session, for each of the 2 days. 
  • The 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 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. More information about the Dissertation House: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/about/

One response to “Fall 2018 Dissertation House for Non-Traditional Graduate Students, including University Employees, and Career Professionals”

  1. I valued the mini lectures shared today as well as the coaching time which helped me refocus my research question. I worked in 25min blocks on my midterm and found articles that connected my midterm topic to my personal research question. Please offer Dissertation House in the spring for employees as you did this fall! As a first year, I really appreciated this experience, and I am looking forward to participating in future Dissertation House events. In fact, I had a great conversation with Dr. Wendy about how our UMBC McNair Scholars Program can partner with Dissertation House. As we have started offering a similar experience, “Boot Camp”, each semester for our undergraduate scholars applying to graduate school. I am looking forward to further discussions that will make this partnership a reality!

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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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