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Dissertation Forum

This Spring, the Writing Studio, the USF Libraries, and the Office of Graduate Studies bring you the Fifth Annual Dissertation Forum.

What is it?

    • Dissertation Forum is an all-day event that provides resources and services for doctoral candidates currently working on prospectuses or dissertations. Breakout sessions include information about writing strategies, research tools, stress management practices, and first-hand advice from recently hired assistant professors. To watch the New Faculty Panel from last year’s Dissertation Forum, please go here »
    • This year is the first time that Dissertation Forum is being offered in conjunction with two Writing Retreats designed for dissertating writers. Please see here for more information »

Date & Location

Friday, February 5th, 2016, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Grace Allen Room, LIB 4th Floor

Cost to Attend

Doctoral candidates can choose from an à la carte menu of events they would like to attend. The respective costs are as follows:

  • Dissertation Forum…………………………………$25
  • Dissertation Forum and 1 Writing Retreat……….$50
  • Dissertation Forum and 2 Writing Retreats………$75
  • 1 Writing Retreat (no Dissertation Forum)………..$25
  • 2 Writing Retreats (no Dissertation Forum)………$50

How To Apply

  • Thank you to everyone who applied!

Fifth Annual Dissertation Forum Schedule

The Dissertation Forum is organized conference style; most sessions run concurrently. Please see below for session descriptions, links to presenters’ biographies, and corresponding room numbers. Please don’t hesitate to speak with an organizer if you have questions about which session might be most useful for your needs. Individual Writing Center consultations will be held in the Writing Center and individual library consultations will be held in librarians’ offices.

Time Session Room Session Room
9:00-9:15 Coffee and Introductions Grace Allen (GAR) (4th floor) N/A N/A
9:20-9:35 What Dissertators should know about The Office of Graduate Studies
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Bahr, the Office of Graduate Studies Assistant Dean. This overview will briefly highlight the Graduate School’s web resources, upcoming ETD workshops, and important deadlines for submitting dissertations to Graduate Studies.
9:40-10:25 Apps for Research
Speakers: Kayt Ahnberg and Barbara Lewis. Learn how to use graphical mind mapping software to generate and preserve ideas, how to record, organize and preserve notes and images, and how to back up and synchronize your most important working documents and other files across multiple computers, tablets, and smartphones.
GAR Legal Pitfalls: What You Need to Know about Copyright

Speakers: LeEtta Schmidt, Resource Sharing and Copyright Librarian, and Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian. Figuring out what is copyrighted and how to use copyrighted content in an increasingly digital world is challenging. This session will introduce you to common copyright issues for dissertations and prepare you to manage your rights over your intellectual content.

LIB 309
10:30-11:15 Citation Management: RefWorks & EndNote
Speakers: Audrey Powers & Claudia Dold, Academic Services Librarians. This session offers an overview of RefWorks & Endnote, two of USF’s most-used citation management systems. Presenters will demonstrate the advantages of each system and the features that best assist graduate students in managing citations for their dissertations. If you have been using either of these tools, this session will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions or schedule individual and advanced training.
GAR Digital Media & Your Dissertation 
Speaker: Barbara Lewis, Coordinator for Digital Initiatives and Oral History. In this session, we will identify and briefly review the capabilities of various multimedia tools for creating dissertation content, including the creation of an interactive, digital version of your dissertation by using a tool like Scalar.
LIB 309
11:30-12:15 Lunch GAR N/A N/A
12:30-1:50 Faculty Panel 
This panel provides candid advice about managing dissertation committee relations, planning postdoctoral goals, and practicing flexibility and patience with topic changes and research challenges.Panelists:

2:00-2:45 ETD Formatting Requirements Q&A 
Speaker: The Office of Graduate Studies. This session will be most useful to candidates who need to ask specific question about ETD formatting rules and submission requirements.
GAR Time & Stress Management 
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Ferdinand, Counseling Center Psychologist. Dr. Ferdinand will address resources and coping habits that specifically pertain to healthfully managing the stress of a dissertation project.
LIB 309
2:50-3:35 Expanding Your Lit Review
Speaker: Susan Ariew. This session will address how to expand your knowledge of specialized databases, employ advance searching techniques, and use bibliographies and cited references to find new materials.
GAR Workshop: Writing Your Lit Review
Speakers: Danielle Farrar and Rob Alexander, Writing Studio Coordinators. Bring your dissertation literature review to this session to receive writing support.
LIB 309
3:40-4:00 Closing and Wrap-up GAR N/A N/A



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