Workshops and Seminars

Thesis and Dissertation Support Services offers a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Our workshops are available in two formats: In-person and online! They are always free to any currently enrolled graduate student or active faculty, staff, or postdocs at NC State. Below you will find descriptions of the different events we offer and information about which students may register for an event.

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In-Person Workshops

Writing in Graduate School
This workshop introduces students to expectations for graduate students. We will cover important issues such as writing into a scholarly community, choosing an appropriate citation style, and much more.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
Date offered in fall 2016: Thursday, August 25th at 1pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Writing Research Article Introductions
Did you know that nearly every research article or dissertation introduction chapter follows the same 3-step model? In this workshop, you will learn about these three key things you need to do to write a successful introduction that is worthy of publication or will get your dissertation approved.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student
Dates offered in fall 2016: Tuesday, August 30 at 1pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Thesis 101 for Master’s Students
Just what is a Master’s thesis, anyway? What do successful thesis writers understand about this genre? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the Master’s thesis and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the thesis project.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled Master’s student
Date offered in fall 2016: Wednesday, August 31st at 2pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Dissertation 101 for Doctoral Students
Just what is a doctoral dissertation, anyway? What do successful dissertation writers understand about the dissertation? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? What do faculty members at N.C. State expect? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the dissertation and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the dissertation project.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled doctoral student
Date offered in fall 2016: Thursday, September 8th at 2pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Planning for Your Dissertation Defense
Learn how to prepare for your dissertation defense, including the presentation and question and answer portions of the event.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates who will be defending in the current or following semester
Date offered in fall 2016: Monday, September 12th at 2pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Adapting Your Science for the Public
More details on this workshop are coming soon!
Who should register: 
Date offered in fall 2016: Monday, September 19th at 2pm in Talley Student Union 3285

Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day
The most successful dissertation writers understand that the key to success is making writing a daily habit. Learn how to develop good writing habits and “train” yourself to write on a daily basis — and successfully complete your dissertation. Students will spend time writing and tasking out their dissertation in this workshop, so registrants should be at the stage of writing their dissertation to get the most out of the event.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates
Date offered in fall 2016: Friday, September 23rd at 10am in Talley Student Union 4280

Writing a Dissertation Proposal
This workshop covers the elements of a dissertation proposal. Students will be given time to work on key elements of the proposal and to talk about their ideas for their dissertations, so registrants should be at the stage of candidacy exams and/or needing to write a dissertation proposal to get the most out of the event.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates and doctoral students nearing their preliminary/qualifying exams
Date offered in fall 2016: Tuesday, September 27th at 1pm in Talley Student Union 4280

Writing the Discussion and Conclusion of Your Dissertation
The discussion and conclusion are generally the most difficult part of the dissertation to write. What do your data mean? What have you learned? What have you contributed to the field? These important sections tell your committee why what you did was valuable and in what ways. This workshop will introduce students to the key concepts of the dissertation discussion and conclusion and will give them active writing time on these sections.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates working on these sections of their dissertation
Date offered in fall 2016: Wednesday, October 12th at 12pm in Talley Student Union 3285

Designing a Poster for a Research Symposium
This workshop introduces students to elements of research poster design. Learn what makes a strong poster, get tips from a past winner and judge, discuss how to plan your talk, and see examples of winning posters. This workshop also includes instruction in a basic poster design software program and time to begin working on your poster.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student, especially those presenting in the Graduate School Research Symposium
Date offered in fall 2016: Monday, November 7th at 2pm in Talley Student Union 3285

Online Workshops

We’ve taken our in-person workshops (titles above) and developed online modules that you can access online at any time. Simply self-enroll in our Moodle space to have access to all our workshops online at go.ncsu.edu/tdssonline.

ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP FAQ

How long will I have access to the on-demand workshop?
You will have access to these workshops 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can take a break and come back to the workshop anytime during the semester.

What if I have questions during the workshop?
Each workshop has a forum where you can post questions and comments. Our administrators will monitor the forums. Students are also welcome to answer questions and discuss the workshop in these forums. If you have a question or technical problem that needs immediate assistance, email us at thesisdissertationsupport@ncsu.edu.

Other Programs

In addition to hosting a variety of writing workshops and seminars, we offer other programming to help students through the process of writing their theses and dissertations.

Accountability Groups

Registration is closed! Check back for details on our next Writing Accountability group!

Working on your thesis or dissertation? Join our 10-week accountability group to make progress on your project and win some great prizes!

The Basic Details

  • What: FREE 10-week accountability group for graduate students who need to make progress on their theses or dissertations
  • Where: Online (You can participate from anywhere in the world!)
  • How: Check in online to declare your goals for the first week. Each Monday following, check back in to report on your progress and set your goals for the next week. That’s it!
  • Why: Research shows that students who set goals publicly are more likely to accomplish them than those who don’t. Join your fellow graduate students and make progress on your projects this summer!

More Details

How to join: Fill out the Writing Accountability Group Interest Form. The first 50 people to sign up will be guaranteed a spot in the group. We’ll share our Summer Accountability Google Doc with you where you will share your goals and project updates throughout the summer.

You said prizes?! Yes, there will be prizes. Every student who completes the full 10 weeks of the accountability program will be entered into the drawing for prizes.

Join our Writing Accountability Program and tackle your thesis or dissertation!