Dissertation Forum

The Seventh Annual Dissertation Forum

February 1 – 2, 2018

Sponsored by the Writing Studio, the USF Libraries, and
the Office of Graduate Studies


What is the Dissertation Forum?

This 1½ day event will inform you of resources and services for doctoral candidates who are currently working on prospectuses or dissertations. Sessions will include information about conducting research, writing strategies, research tools, stress management, and advice from recently hired assistant professors.


Grace Allen Room, Library 4th floor.


The $25.00 registration fee covers the cost of food.

Forum Schedule

Thursday February 1, 2018, 1-4 pm

Todd Chavez, Dean, USF Libraries

Agenda & Introductions
Audrey Powers, Associate Librarian, USF Libraries

What Dissertators Should Know about the Office of Graduate Studies
Dr. Ruth Bahr, Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies

Library Services & Library Liaisons
Nancy Cunningham, Director for Library Liaison Services, USF Libraries

Writing Studio & Mentors
Will Forde-Mazrui, Coordinator, USF Writing Studio

Can I Use That in My Dissertation? Tips on Copyright, Permissions, and the Use of Images
LeEtta Schmitt, Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, USF Libraries

Friday February 2, 2018, 8:30 am – 4 pm

Registration & Welcome Breakfast

Lightning Rounds
These will introduce you to apps and services to make your life easier during the research and writing process. After this introduction you will be able to determine which apps and services you would like to know more about, where to obtain individual assistance, and where to register for more advanced training workshops.

New Faculty Panel and Q & A
Newly-hired faculty members who recently went through the dissertation process will provide candid advice about planning and meeting your goals, practicing flexibility and patience with topic changes, research difficulties, managing dissertation committee challenges, etc. Panelists will include faculty from a number of USF colleges. They will answer your questions, so please provide input about what you would like to know.



Workshop Information

Attend the workshops that meet your needs. They will focus on informing you about the use of research tools, research and writing skills, use of media, publishing, legal issues, and other important aspects of the dissertation process. Examples of workshops (subject to change):

APA Style CentralNancy Cunningham, USF Libraries
Balancing Life & Stress ManagementDr. Vincent Dehili
Conducting a Literature ReviewAudrey Powers, USF Libraries
EDT Formatting Requirements / Q & A – Basic & AdvancedMatt Cordner, Office of Graduate Studies
How to Work with your Committee MembersEric Hoyer, Office of Graduate Studies
IRB WorkshopJamie Reddish
LaTeXDaniel Romero Rodriguez
Metacognitive Strategies for ResearchMaryellen Allen, USF Libraries
Scholarly CommunicationJason Boczar, USF Libraries
Style & Substance: What to Cite & When to Cite itWill Forde-Mazrui, Writing Studio & Matt Torrence, USF Libraries
Writing your DissertationWill Forde-Mazrui, Writing Studio

For additional information, contact Audrey Powers at 813-974-9001, or apowers@usf.edu.