Summer Writing and Research Program

Monday through Friday
June 20-August 11

We know that completing your thesis, dissertation or research is important to you. We also know that it can be an isolating and overwhelming process. Our Summer Writing and Research Program will help you reach your goals. Using video and chat features, we'll support your research and writing by providing:

  • 30-minute daily presentations on writing, research and aspects of graduate school.
  • More than five hours of writing/research time each day.
  • Guidance and motivation from writing coaches who care about your success.
  • Opportunities to interact with peers on the same research journey.

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Needed Materials

  • Internet access.
  • Microsoft Teams (we'll send you a link when you register).
  • Laptop, tablet, cell phone or other device.
  • Materials to work on during study and feedback sessions.

Schedule

Sessions are offered on Monday through Friday from June 20 to August 11, 2023. You can attend any or all sessions. However, a consistent level of participation is required. Failure to participate in at least three activities each week will result in removal from the program unless arranged in advance with organizers. For example, if you attend three of the brownbag presentations in a week, you meet the participation requirements.

Daily Schedule*

Time Activity
8 a.m. Starting Strong workgroup
10 a.m. Morning meeting
10:30 a.m. Individual worktime
12:30 p.m. Brownbag presentation
1 p.m. Individual worktime

*On Fridays, only the Starting Strong workgroup will occur.

Presentation Topics

Week Topic
One
  • Monday, June 19: University Closure
  • Tuesday, June 20: Time Management and Goal-setting
  • Wednesday, June 21: Basics of a Thesis/Dissertation
  • Thursday, June 22: Tackling Graduate Coursework
Two
  • Monday, June 26: Appointments with the UWC
  • Tuesday, June 27: Using Databases Effectively
  • Wednesday, June 28: Introductions and Conclusions
  • Thursday, June 29: Understanding the Thesis/Dissertation Process
Three
  • Monday, July 3: Holiday
  • Tuesday, July 4: University Closure
  • Wednesday, July 5: Navigating the Internet
  • Thursday, July 6: Accessing Library Resources
Four
  • Monday, July 10: Reference Management Systems I
  • Tuesday, July 11: Literature Reviews: What They Are
  • Wednesday, July 12: Literature Reviews: Tricks for Writing One
  • Thursday, July 13: Candidacy Exams
Five
  • Monday, July 17: Reference Management Systems II
  • Tuesday, July 18: IRB Process
  • Wednesday, July 19: Methodology
  • Thursday, July 20: Proposing Your Project
Six
  • Monday, July 24: Relaxation Strategies
  • Tuesday, July 25: Organizing/Analyzing Data
  • Wednesday, July 26: Power of a Paragraph
  • Thursday, July 27: Strategies for Making Progress
Seven
  • Monday, July 31: Secondary Sources and Plagiarism
  • Tuesday, August 1: Writing About Data/Results
  • Wednesday, August 2: Documentation (APA)
  • Thursday, August 3: Working with a Committee
Eight
  • Monday, August 7: Balancing Work and Life
  • Tuesday, August 8: Writing Conclusion, Implications, etc.
  • Wednesday, August 9: Common Grammar Issues
  • Thursday, August 10: Defense

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Huskie Academic Support Center

815-753-6636
hasc@niu.edu

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