We will also discuss strategies for editing and integrating articles/chapters.
We will be focusing on dissertations structured as a compilation of articles, but writing strategies are applicable to other thesis types.
Sessions will cover strategies for writing the components of the proposal as well as managing the process.
For guidance concerning research design, methodology, and other field-specific issues, please consult with faculty mentors.
1) read/skim a dissertation recently completed in your department, preferably one chaired by your dissertation committee chair, to get a sense of overall structure (search Pro Quest Dissertations/Theses database by advisor); 2) review and do a brief outline/sketch (1-page maximum) of the structure of one of the analytical chapters in the sample dissertation, paying attention to a) type of content (primary source analysis, secondary criticism, theory, historical or biographical background, etc.); and b) form (narrative arc, argument, and language that signposts what the writer is doing); 3) organize your notes, sources, and data for the analytical dissertation chapter you will work on during the program.
The Social Sciences Dissertation Proposal Boot Camp is designed to help graduate students make substantial progress on a draft of their dissertation proposals.
The program will address writing issues specific to qualitative research as well as general writing and organizational strategies.
You are also welcome to apply if you use mixed or quantitative methods but intend to work on a descriptive or qualitative section.
For guidance concerning research design, methodology, and other field-specific issues, please consult with faculty advisors/mentors.
This program targets graduate students who are already writing toward their doctoral dissertation or master's thesis, such as manuscripts for publication, proposals, or dissertation/thesis chapters.