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Berkeley Dissertation Workshop

Daunted by Dissertating, Grant Proposals, or Human Subjects Research? The Graduate Writing Center’s lineup of workshops can help you with every stage of your academic writing, from the fundamentals of editing to human subjects research, grant proposals, and dissertation-writing. Sign up soon to reserve your spot!


Human Subjects Research: What is it? How do You Navigate Through the IRB Process?

A Two-Part Workshop Series for Graduate Students

Staff from the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS)
309 Sproul Hall | Register Online

Workshop I: Fundamentals of Human Subjects Research

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2 – 3:30 pm
Rebecca D. Armstrong, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director, Research Subject Protection, OPHS

This session is intended to be a basic introduction for students with little or no experience in human subjects research.

Workshop II: Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm
Adrienne Tanner, CIP, IRB Assistant Director, OPHS

This workshop will cover how to write a comprehensive protocol narrative and how to submit exempt and non-exempt protocols for review via the eProtocol online submission process.


How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal

Friday, March 2, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall  | Register Online

This introductory workshop covers the basic principles of writing an academic grant proposal.


Editing and Revising Writing Workshop

Friday, March 16, 2018, 2 to 4 pm, 309 Sproul Hall  | Register Online

In this workshop the following topics will be covered: how a professional editor works with a manuscript; how you can use the techniques of an editor to revise your own writing; and how you can diagnose and avoid common writing errors and weaknesses. The goal of this workshop is to enable workshop participants to be able to step back and use the skills of a professional editor to revise and improve their own writing.


Writing the Dissertation: Strategies and Pitfalls

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3 to 4:30 pm, 309 Sproul Hall  | Register Online

This workshop will focus on the basic strategies of successfully writing a doctoral dissertation. It will cover both strategies for organizing a large research project and for writing up the results of that project.


Applying for a Fulbright-IIE Grant

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 1 to 3 pm, 309 Sproul Hall  | Register Online


Categories:April 2017, August 2017, December 2016, February 2017, February 2018, January 2017, November 2016, Professional Development
Tags:Career, Class, Professional Development, Writing

When: April 13-14, 2018

Where: Easton Hall Conference Center (Berkeley, CA)

Who: Advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences at UC Davis

A total of 10 students will be selected to participate in this workshop, which will be co-led by Jaimey Fisher (Director of DHI and Professor of German and Cinema & Digital Media) and James Griesemer (Professor/Chair of Philosophy and a member of the Science and Technology Studies Program, the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, the Population Biology Graduate Group, and the Center for Population Biology). All meals and lodging are included. Transportation will be coordinated for participants if they so desire.

Participants will be paired in advance and will read a selection (no more than 25 pages) of their partner's work.  At the workshop, they will present each other’s work, followed by general discussion with the entire group. Participants will also be asked to familiarize themselves with the work of the other students (who are not their partners) ahead of time so that the discussion can be most fruitful for everyone. Although it is a retreat format (insofar as it takes place off campus, at a conference center, with lodging and meals provided), it is a workshop that requires active participation from attendees during the sessions.

The aim of the workshop is to provide feedback and guidance on student projects as well as broaden each participant’s intellectual cohort. Students from all disciplines may find that the opportunity to present their work in this interdisciplinary setting will reaffirm the cohesiveness and legibility of their research, especially to a broader audience.

The Dissertation Workshop is open to advanced graduate students from the humanities and the social sciences.  We will consider applications not only from students in the College of Letters and Science, but also from those in social sciences and humanities-related disciplines from across campus. Applicants must have their dissertation proposals approved – that is, they may not be at the proposal stage of their dissertation, but must have begun the writing process.  Similarly, applicants should be early enough in the writing process that the feedback they receive may be incorporated into their dissertation prior to final submission.

Dissertation Workshop applications must include:

  • Project Description (max. 1,500 words). Please begin this section with your name, department, and email address as a header. The narrative should include the project title, overview, methodology, and its significance to a field(s) in the humanities and/or social sciences. The proposal should be written to appeal to readers outside of the applicant’s field.  Please also include a proposed completion date for your dissertation.

  • A complete or near-complete chapter draft from your dissertation. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, you will have the chance to submit a newer version of the chapter if you have it. The chapter can be rough, but based on our past experience, participants benefit most from the workshop if they have a substantial amount of a chapter to submit.

  • A brief curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

Applications closed on February 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Please contact ISS Assistant Director Vicky Austin at vsaustin@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-1751 should you have any questions.

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