Fall 2020 Challenge


Congratulations on getting to this page – Fall 2020 Challenge!

Welcome to Dissertation House online. 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 2020 with daily progress.

First of all, Congratulations to all of our new PhDs! (Check 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 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.

Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale is your “Head Coach.”

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.”

20 Responses to Fall 2020 Challenge

  1. Avani Dave says:

    Hi All, Glad to be here. I will be working on section 3 (system design, architecture, and working) of my paper also I need to fine-tune the adversarial model.

  2. Eli says:

    Hi, glad to be apart of the dissertation house.

    My Goals To Be Accomplished over two days are as follows:
    – Finish my IRB application for my third paper (Today).
    – Respond to my Review comments to my accepted CHASE 2020 paper (Tomorrow):
    – This includes adding a new section describing how my device can be deployed throughout a house as well as how many would be needed to cover an entire house
    – In addition there were dome comments about how my system worked and they suggested I give more detailed explanations

  3. Michael Daniel Lucagbo says:

    My goals for today are the following
    -Run some computer simulations for my work on mixed prediction regions (which I can leave aside while the engine is doing the runs)
    -Complete the write-up on mixed prediction regions
    -Write the R program for my work on mixed tolerance regions
    -Run computer simulations on mixed tolerance regions
    -Complete the write-up on mixed tolerance regions
    -(Possibly) include an example on mixed prediction regions
    -(Possibly) include an example on mixed tolerance regions

    • Hello Michael Welcome to Day 2 of the DH it was a please speaking to you yesterday about your goals and future. Keep up the good work and continue with your goals for today. Be sure to download the “Committee nomination ” for if you are truly working on graduation six months from now.

    • Hello Michael
      It was a pleasure having you in the DH. Thanks for your participation. I hope you find some time to create, develop your 5-7 minute spiel about your project well enough for your grandmother to understand. Best of luck.

  4. William Walton says:

    Glad to be a part of the Fall 2020 Dissertation House
    My Goals are as follows:
    – Further revise my draft outline for my Research Proposal in preparation for discussion with my Advisor
    – Update my Literature Review spreadsheet
    – Compile additional questions and topics that I need to consider in my research and for discussion with my Advisor.

  5. Haneen Bawayan says:

    My Goals for the two days are as the follows:
    1-finish the proposal presentation slides
    2- revised the proposal dissertation doc.
    3- prepare the expected questions.
    4- Reading papers on power control through batteries and DGs (Friday) .

  6. NH says:

    Hello all, Happy to be here again
    my goal for the day is to read about Tinto theory and find out the
    Leaving the Ivory Tower book. Thank you.

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