Summer Dissertation House at UMBC
Come and work 4 full days on your proposal or dissertation
This Dissertation House is hosted by the Graduate School at UMBC for UMBC students only.
Dissertation House Application Procedures
Students who participate in this program will spend each day thinking, writing, and sharing ideas about their doctoral dissertations. 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 Dissertation House period is a Tuesday – Friday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) commitment to focus on the doctoral dissertation. 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, writing the last chapter, and editing.
Students may apply to attend the next Dissertation House during open application enrollment, by submitting two parts of an application.
I. 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. Applications will neither be reviewed nor accepted outside of the application enrollment period.
II. 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:
- Telephone numbers (home, office, and fax)
- E-mail address
- Academic Program and Year in the program
Dates/Location: Tuesday, July 10 to Friday, July 13 at Commons Building, Room 331
Application Enrollment Period: May 1 to June 15, 2018. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the words “Dissertation House” in the subject line of your email.
If your application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance notice via email and additional details about the Dissertation House. All students, including those who have not applied or those who are not selected, have the option to participate in the next online challenge, a virtual version of the Dissertation House.