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“No one will lower your grade if you don’t submit to a conference.” UMBC Graduate Dean Janet Rutledge discusses the need for self efficacy and independence


On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Dr. Janet Rutledge, Dean of the Graduate School at UMBC, addressed the participants of the Winter 2015 Dissertation House. Dr. Rutledge, a national leader in graduate education, discussed the “process” of obtaining the PhD. She stated … Continue reading

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Dissertation House for Employees and Non-traditional Students, 10/10-11


If you are an employee of UMBC (50% time or more) or a “Non-Traditional” student, and if you are working on your graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you! We’ve worked with our UMBC employees who … Continue reading

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The research content should be the challenge, not the dissertation process


This morning, Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale opened the Summer 2014 Dissertation House at UMBC with a story about her own dissertation process. She said that part of the motivation for her current passion as a “Dissertation Coach” is that the research … Continue reading

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The Summer Dissertation House at UMBC begins in July. Applications are being accepted now.


The Summer Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, July 8-11. Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House. Open application period: Early bird May 12, 2014 – May 23, 2014. … Continue reading

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Don’t stop working on the dissertation until you’re finished, and learn from “Painful People”


The following message was posted as part of the Dissertation House’s blog within the “Winter 2014 Challenge” thread.  It is repeated here so that those who read the general blog, will receive the message as well. At the time of … Continue reading

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LLC’s doctoral students “get it done” in the Dissertation House – July 2013


Forming a community can be so important to success, particularly during a typically isolating process like graduate school. Today, we feature doctoral students from UMBC’s Department of Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) who are working on their dissertations during the … Continue reading

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Summer Dissertation Houses at UMBC and College Park – July 2013


Our Summer Dissertation Houses will be held at UMBC and College Park in July 2013. UMBC: July 9-12, 2013: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/save-the-date-summer-dissertation-house-july-9-12-2013-umbc/ UMCP: July 16-19, 2013 Deadlines have passed, but for questions, contact promisestaff@gmail.com for UMBC’s Dissertation House, and  grad-retention@umd.edu for UMCP’s Dissertation … Continue reading

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Summer 2013: “Writing for Publication” Workshop at UMBC, July 9-10


Based on  The Dissertation House, “Writing for Publication” allows graduate students at all levels to spend time on publications for journals.  In these sessions, students who are ready to prepare research for publication will gather as a group to work … Continue reading

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Save the date! Summer Dissertation House: July 9-12, 2013 @ UMBC


Summer Dissertation House at UMBC: July 9-12, 2013 Spend 4 days writing … make progress on your dissertation! Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9 AM – Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5 PM On Campus : COMM 329 The Summer Dissertation House is … Continue reading

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Dissertation Coach Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale gives free seminar, Sat. 2/23/13 at UMBC


“Practical Steps for Completing Your Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation” Speaker: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale (PROMISE Dissertation Coach, The Dissertation House) Saturday, February 23, 2013 10AM -12 Noon UMBC Campus, Public Policy Building, Room 206 Directions: http://promisesuccessseminars.wordpress.com/directions-to-campuses/ RSVP: UMBC’s graduate students are asked … Continue reading

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New Initiative: Writing For Publication – January 22-23, 2013 @ UMBC


In the spirit of The Dissertation House, we are piloting a new seminar series called “Writing for Publication” for graduate students at all levels.  In these sessions, students who are ready to prepare research for publication would gather as a … Continue reading

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Winter Dissertation House – Coming January 22-25, 2013


Join us for the Winter Dissertation House at UMBC.  Applications are due by December 14, 2012. If you are a Graduate Student at UMBC, and if you are working on your  graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event … Continue reading

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“Get it out of your head, and put it on paper!”


This morning’s Dissertation House mini-lecture focuses on Overcoming Writer’s Block. This morning, Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, Dissertation Coach, is discussing tips for moving past mere thoughts and blockages. The theme for the morning is to “start writing!” The founders of the … Continue reading

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Summer Weekend Dissertation House “Home” – Math/Psych Room 103, 8:30 AM – 7 PM, Fri. – Sat., June – August.


The PROMISE Dissertation House is committed to helping students to finish their dissertations.  Therefore, we invite all students who have participated in a past Dissertation House or one of the “How to Complete Your Thesis or Dissertation” to participate in … Continue reading

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Summer Dissertation House 2012, July 10-13 at UMBC


The Summer Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, July 10-13.  Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House. Open application period: April 30, 2012 – May 14, 2012. Applications received … Continue reading

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This dissertation process is not a campfire, it’s a 6 burner stove


This afternoon at Carnegie Mellon University, Dissertation Coach Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale discussed the “10 Mistakes the Graduate Students Should Avoid” at the PROMISE AGEP/QoLT Center’s Dissertation House workshop. She discussed this post’s title (attributed to science.org), as she told students … Continue reading

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March Madness! Dissertation House *Insanity* and excitement propels #TeamGetItDone


March Madness is here! The DH students have their “insanity” countdowns, and the team is rallying for the big finish! There are defenses coming up within the next few weeks so we’re cheering everyone on! There are no traditional “March … Continue reading

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Warrior Weekends at the Dissertation House — Fri. Feb. 24 – Sun. Feb. 26, 2012, March 2, 4.


The “Insanity” crew is working hard and over the past two weeks, Dr. Carter-Veale has been able to have several consultations with students from UMBC and UM College Park.  The dates, times, and locations for this weekend’s Dissertation House sessions … Continue reading

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Dissertation Coach Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale presents a seminar for completing the thesis or dissertation on 2/23/12 at UMBC


Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale will  be at UMBC on Thursday, Feb. 23 to present “Practical Steps to Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.” The seminar will be at 4:30 PM and will end at 6PM.  Details can be found on the PROMISE … Continue reading

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Next full-scale Dissertation House at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, March 26-28, 2012


The Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center led by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, will sponsor a Dissertation House for their students at the end of March.  The Dissertation House … Continue reading

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