The Dissertation Working Group (DWG) is an informal meeting of doctoral students to discuss their dissertations and topics of interest including: dissertation plans, problems, school/department/university/professional requirements, proposals, support needs, methods issues, how to write, etc.
Yuri Pavlov, IDD&E doctoral student, and Nick Smith, IDD&E professor emeritus, are the coordinators for the DWG. Some meetings, Nick will make a short presentation on a topic of interest / shared concern, other times individual students will volunteer to present their own work in progress for group reaction, discussion, and suggestions. The focus of an individual session is determined by the interests of the participants. Students are encouraged to recommend topics that would most help them make progress on their own dissertation work.
The group last semester included everyone from first-semester doctoral students to senior students who have been working on their dissertations for several years. Anyone with an interest in doctoral research is welcome. There will be 5 additional DWG sessions this semester. Please keep an eye out for upcoming dates!