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Dissertation House October - Thesis, dissertation, proposal

Writing accountability with a coach! In person event @ UMBC


The Commons : 318

Date & Time

October 6, 2023, 9:00 am4:30 pm


Dissertation House is a program hosted for UMBC gradstudents only. Students who participate in this program will spend each day writing, and developing ideas about their proposals, master thesis or doctoral dissertations.  The trainings session provide students with effective time-management skills, learn how to project manage your writing towards set small manageable goals, and will provide them with an opportunity to be coached in one-on-one consultations to discuss and address obstacles that might prevent them from completing their projects.

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.This program provide you with a writing coach to help work towards your proposal, master thesis or doctoral dissertation, plus it provides daily mini lectures.

Dissertation House in October will be hosted in person in The Commons room 318. This events runs from Thursday, October 5 to Friday, October 6, 2023, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM (each day).

Limited spots are available, we give priority to early applications.

How to apply?

  1. Create a single word document with the following settings:
    1. font size 11-12 pt
    2. 1 inch margins

  2. Divide it into 2 sections - Part 1 and Part 2

  3. In Part 1, type your header information on one page:
    1.  Name
    2. Address
    3. Telephone numbers (mobile, home, office)
    4. E-mail address
    5. Academic Program
    6. Year in program (1st year, 5th Year, etc)

  4. Type up a brief description (maximum 2 pages) that describes the project that you wish to accomplish during the Dissertation House period.

  5. In Part 2, type up the following:
    1. Summary of the project, including research question(s), data, texts, and methods
    2. Amount completed on the project to date
    3. Any obstacles you have encountered that hinders completion of the dissertation

  6. Email application to promise@umbc.edu using the subject line format: "Dissertation House October 2023 Application: FirstName LastName"

Applications will not be reviewed or accepted outside of the application enrollment period.

Event Details:

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 4:30 PM, for two days, Thursday, October 5 to Friday, October 6, 2023.
  • Students must plan to attend the full sessions, for each of the 2 days. 
  • The daily schedule includes a mini-lecture and 5.5 hours of writing per day.
  • The Dissertation House is free for UMBC’s graduate students.
  • There are 18 spaces available for the Dissertation House. 
  • Details regarding eligibility can be found on the application page of the website for the Dissertation House.
If you application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance notice via email and additional details about the Dissertation House. Applications for dissertation house are due September 15, 2023.

To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact our team at promise@umbc.edu. Please allow at least two weeks' advance notice to provide seamless access.