Summer Writing and Research Program

Monday through Friday
June 13-August 5

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.
  • NIU email
  • 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.


Sessions are offered on Monday through Friday from June 13 to August 5, 2022. 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 brown bag presentations in a week, you meet the participation requirements.

Time Activity
8a.m. Starting Strong workgroup
10 a.m. Morning meeting
10:30 a.m. Individual work time
12:30 p.m. Brownbag presentation
1 p.m. Individual work time
3:30 p.m. Afternoon meeting

Presentation Topics

Week Topic
  • Monday, June 13: Appointments with the UWC
  • Tuesday, June 14: Time Management and Goal-setting
  • Wednesday, June 15: Basics of a Thesis/Dissertation
  • Thursday, June 16: Tackling Graduate Coursework
  • Monday, June 20: University Closure
  • Tuesday, June 21: Using Databases Effectively
  • Wednesday, June 22: Introductions and Conclusions
  • Thursday, June 23: Understanding the Thesis/Dissertation Process
  • Monday, June 27: Navigating the Internet
  • Tuesday, June 28: Accessing Library Resources
  • Wednesday, June 29: Literature Reviews: What They Are
  • Thursday, June 30: Candidacy Exams
  • Monday, July 4: University Closure
  • Tuesday, July 5: Reference Management Systems I
  • Wednesday, July 6: Literature Reviews: Tricks for Writing One
  • Thursday, July 7: Proposing Your Project
  • Monday, July 11: Reference Management Systems II
  • Tuesday, July 12: IRB Process
  • Wednesday, July 13: Methodology
  • Thursday, July 14: Strategies for Making Progress
  • Monday, July 18: Relaxation Strategies
  • Tuesday, July 19: Organizing/Analyzing Data
  • Wednesday, July 20: Power of a Paragraph
  • Thursday, July 21: Working with a Committee
  • Monday, July 25: Secondary Sources and Plagiarism
  • Tuesday, July 26: Writing About Data/Results
  • Wednesday, July 27: Documentation (APA)
  • Thursday, July 28: Defense
  • Monday, August 1: Rewarding Yourself to Improve Motivation
  • Tuesday, August 2: Writing Conclusion, Implications, etc.
  • Wednesday, August 3: Common Grammar Issues
  • Thursday, August 4: Balancing Work and Life