Congratulations on migrating to this page. Fall 2019 Challenge!

Welcome to Summer Dissertation House at UMBC. If you are here you are in the right place. This is your page to make the most of your experience here. You can get your dissertation finished in 2019 with daily progress.

Welcome to the Dissertation House online, Fall 2019! This page will be active from October 2019 – December 2019. Congratulations to all of our new PhDs!  (See our “Alumni” page for regular updates.) You can participate in the online Dissertation House from any part of the world. Students join the Dissertation House (DH) from various states in the US and many countries in the world. The “DHers” who participate in person come from universities throughout Maryland, with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), and funding from the graduate schools at UMBC, the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Baltimore – The Founding Campus. Through the PROMISE Pathways initiative, and the PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation project, we invite and encourage all doctoral students within the University System of Maryland to join us online, and you will have a special opportunity to join us in person this Summer during the July Dissertation House.

Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale is your “Head Coach.” Dr. Carter-Veale will be conducting “in-person” Dissertation Houses at UMBC July 2018. Our pre-registered participants are required to blog daily during their time in the Dissertation House and are encouraged to continue blogging until they finish their dissertations.

To join us online:

  1. Go to the comment section below and introduce yourself (name, school, department.) Note: You may use your full name or an alias. If you have a blog, you may use your blogger ID, however, you do not need a username or password to participate.
  2. Tell us what you are working on and what you plan to accomplish today or over the next few days.
  3. Blog daily, preferably twice a day (morning and afternoon/evening) to report your goals for the day, your daily accomplishments, and your goals for the next day.

We will repeat something that we said before, because it is both important and true: Our graduates and participants pushed (and we do mean that they pushed through adversities, complications, and issues) to finish sections, get chapter approval from advisors, complete drafts, pass proposals, pass defenses, and turn in their final documents. These grads are now professors, working in non-profits, industry, and have had postdocs throughout the global academic community (e.g., France, South Africa, Egypt.)

If you have joined us in the past, come back again if you are still working on your document. We are still here, and we will still be part of the community that will cheer you on! Post your goals for the next six months on this page. You are not alone, this is your online community. Focus on completion. As coach Dr. CV says “A good dissertation is a done dissertation.”

29 responses to “Fall 2019 Challenge”

  1. The PROMISE Team Avatar
    The PROMISE Team

    Welcome to Dissertation House! We hope to get you closer to finishing your dissertation! A good dissertation is a done dissertation!

    The PROMISE Team

  2. Good morning,
    happy to join DH again, I am planning to write literature review section today 1-2 pages.

    Good luck everyone!

  3. Welcome to the Fall 2019 Dissertation House! We hope to get you closer to wrapping up this dissertation.

    – The PROMISE Team

  4. I am Rupsha and I’m in the Clinical Psychology program at UMBC. My goals for the Dissertation House include:
    1. Read 10 articles
    2. Formulate a research question
    3. Make an outline

  5. find the suitable topology constraint for the optimization of my paper.
    decide the output of the paper

  6. Hello everyone,
    Today I have the goal of cleaning my tables, and I am almost done with it. Tomorrow I will write the findings. Thanks,

  7. I did wrote some of the literature review (2 pages) as planned. Tomorrow I will write results and create some figures.

  8. Good Afternoon,
    happy to join DH again, I am planning to read 3 articles, I finished reading one article, and tomorrow I will complete the rest.

  9. I had a good day at Dissertation House today. I made some updates to my literature review spreadsheet, read a paper and summarized key findings. Also had good discussion with a colleague. Wendy has great tips.

  10. I’m Neil. I am a CS phd student. My goal of first day is reading about 10 papers and write the drafts of introduction and paper review sections. I read 8 papers actually and wrote the introduction draft. Tomorrow I will read more papers about specific communication technologies I need and write the paper review section draft.

  11. I read 3 papers today and think that I am close to formulating my question.

  12. Getting back on track after a long hiatus. Found the UMBC template, downloaded pearls for tackling proposal, have a timeline for completion. Completed a table with articles using the survey/scale I am interested in using. My question is: Is it best to use the survey/scale (Personal and Professional Beliefs About Diversity Scale) which has existing reliability/validity but not as closely aligned with my current research questions? or is it ok to use the survey/scale (The Faculty Classroom Diversity Questionnaire) which has only been used once (across many universities and large sample size) but measuring the items closely aligned with my research? Looking forward to returning tomorrow.

  13. Very productive day at the non-traditional students dissertation house, October 4, 2019

  14. Good morning,
    I am starting the day with writing my results. if I have time, I’ll add some figures.

  15. Good morning DHers! This is the last day of our session, we know, we wish this could have been a couple of extra days. On that note, let’s get you comfortable, in writing mode, and ready to wrap up the goals you set yesterday. Let’s get this dissertation done!

  16. Good morning! I am going to make an outline today and read some more papers.

  17. good morning
    I am starting to finalize the equations for the optimization in order to start the simulation.

  18. Morning all, Goal: Create a proposal outline with citations attached.

  19. Good Morning ,
    Today I am planning to read 2 articles.

  20. Continuing to update my literature review spreadsheet at DH today.
    Plan to also read another paper and get more tips from Dr. Carter-Veale also

  21. Second day of DH! On the agenda today is to read 2 papers and finalize writing two sections.

  22. Michael Anthony Fleming Avatar
    Michael Anthony Fleming

    Greetings, everyone! This is my first day at the DH and I am excited to be here. I hope to learn more about time management and writing. I think I am a good writer but it is sometimes hard for me to find the time to write. Hopefully, I will learn a few pointers and start writing my proposal.

  23. Hello everyone,
    Today I plan to finish cleaning my tables and select the most important tables to match with the research questions.

  24. I did write some results but did not get the chance to crate necessary figures. I’ll keep working on it tomorrow.
    Thank you for this great opportunity given to us so that we have the time to get things done!

  25. This was a great experience! Thanks!

  26. I finished the draft of my introduction section and technologies review section. Also discussed with Dr. Carter-Vealer. She is awesome! Helped me to wrap up my though. I rewrite my introduction section following her suggestion and it’s much and much better. Thank you guys very much!

  27. Good evening everyone,
    Saturday was another productive day, i reviewed my dissertation manuscript, followed up with my dissertation chair and outlined edits to incorporate into the dissertation manuscript.

    Thank you dissertation house for providing this resource and inspiration from fellow scholars in the process.

  28. DH comes to a close. It’s been a productive 2 days: read 5 papers, solidified the outline for my document, made few changes in my introduction and restructured aim 2!

  29. Michael Anthony Fleming Avatar
    Michael Anthony Fleming

    Hey everyone,

    I’m feeling pumped and motivated to write my PhD proposal. Today, I have completed 4 pages and hope to have 4 more pages completed by next weekend. Special thanks to Dr. Carter-Veale for the motivation! Very powerful and insightful talk on Saturday!

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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.