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The Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, Native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, returns this summer. The Institute’s primary goal is to address issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages of the targeted population.

The Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.

The Dissertation Institute will take place Sunday, June 10–Friday, June 15, 2018, at the University of Houston and will focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities. Institute participants will build new writing habits, work on their dissertation or dissertation proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress when they leave.

Participants will be housed in a private room, will share a bathroom with one other participant, receive meals and be reimbursed for travel costs up to $500.

As a part of the application process, participants will be asked to identify barriers that have impeded their progress to completing their dissertation and to provide suggestions for additional topics to be presented.

Identify students who might benefit from participating in the Institute, and share the Dissertation Institute with those students.

If you have questions, please email

Students can learn more about how to apply on the Dissertation Institute’s website. The deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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