Program Details

Dissertation Workshop 2013

Program dates:  June 23-27, 2014.  The program runs daily from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. with a  break for lunch.

Location: 310 Banneker Building, Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore MD, 21251.

Registration fee (checks should be made out to "MSU Foundation"):

  • $125.00 for currently enrolled MSU students
  • $175.00 for all others

Your registration fee covers the costs of instruction—including one-on-one tutoring, lectures, and interactive activities—supplies, and lunch.  Participation is limited to the first 30 paid registrants.  Others will be wait-listed.  A second workshop may be added in August if there is sufficient demand.

Click here to access the on-line registration form.

Outcomes:

Participants in this workshop will receive a template that will guide them through the process of conceptualizing a dissertation. Facilitators will provide on-going feedback as participants complete the elements of the template. Participants will have the opportunity to leave the workshop with a completed template that is customized for their own research topic. By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • view the dissertation writing process as knowledge production
  • be familiar with the stages in the transformation from knowledge consumer to knowledge producer
  • identify their own position on the continuum from knowledge consumer to knowledge producer
  • develop improved skills of writing and argumentation
  • understand the intention of each chapter in the dissertation and develop the skills and competencies needed to produce a coherent dissertation
  • employ effective self-regulation skills throughout the writing process

Sample Topics:

Understanding the Elements of Chapter 1 * Avoiding Plagiarism * Creating a Framework for Scholarship * Online Literature Search * Developing a Storyline * Understanding Methology * Crafting Your Methods * Creating a Conceptual Framework * Organizing, Synthesizing, and Consuming Literature

 Success Stories: Quotes from Past Participants

“This workshop revealed to me all that I didn’t know, that I need to know.  My expectations dealt with writing, and the techniques taught  addressed my issues.  I know that I need to put more thoughtful time into expressive writing.”

 “As a participant in this workshop, I was able to understand the overall goals mentioned.  I was “forced” to examine existing ideas and attitudes toward the dissertation process that were stifling my progress and freedom.  Now I feel like I have been given the tools to effectively complete a quality dissertation.  The workshop provided the framework for the achievement of these goals but it is an on-going developmental evolutionary process.”

 “The dissertation Writing Workshop exceeded my expectations.  As I practiced, I came to know what I did not know and in what areas I needed more practice.”