Virtual Summer Study Program
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
June 16-August 6

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 Virtual Summer Study Program will help you reach your goals as you work from home. 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 four hours of uninterrupted 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.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint to access presentations.
  • An account in our WCONLINE schedule system to schedule feedback sessions (select UWC Summer 2020).


Sessions are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 16 to August 6, 2020. You can attend any or all sessions.

Time Activity
10 a.m. Morning meeting
12:30 p.m. Brownbag presentation
3:30 p.m. Afternoon meeting

Presentation Topics

Week Topic
  • Tuesday, June 16: Conducting Focused Research
  • Wednesday, June 17: Basic Components of a Thesis/Dissertation
  • Thursday, June 18: Tackling Graduate Coursework
  • Tuesday, June 23: Using Databases Effectively
  • Wednesday, June 24: Introductions and Conclusions
  • Thursday, June 25: Understanding the Thesis/Dissertation Process
  • Tuesday, June 30: Navigating the Internet
  • Wednesday, July 1: Literature Reviews: What They Are
  • Thursday, July 2: Candidacy Exams
  • Tuesday, July 7: Reference Management Systems
  • Wednesday, July 8: Literature Reviews: Tricks for Writing One
  • Thursday, July 9: Proposing Your Project
  • Tuesday, July 14: IRB Process
  • Wednesday, July 15: Methodology
  • Thursday, July 16: Strategies for Making Progress
  • Tuesday, July 21: Organizing Data
  • Wednesday, July 22: Power of a Paragraph
  • Thursday, July 23: Working with a Committee
  • Tuesday, July 28: Analyzing Data
  • Wednesday, July 29: Documentation (APA)
  • Thursday, July 30: Defense
  • Tuesday, August 4: Writing about Data/Results
  • Wednesday, August 5: Common Grammatical Issues
  • Thursday, August 6: Balancing Work and Life