Fall Dissertation House, October 2019

Dissertation House focuses on Non-Traditional Students or UMBC student workers

Any UMBC student working on their master thesis or dissertation can apply

Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5, 2019

Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

AOK Library, Room 767

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 professional, or non-traditional returning students. All graduate students can apply.

Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

Application process
Part 1:
  1. 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.
Part 2: 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:
      • Full Name
      • Address
      • Telephone number (cellphone)
      • E-mail address
      • Academic Program and Year in the program
In Dissertation House 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 commitment is for students to attend all the days the workshop is in session. 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, editing.

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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