Jump Start

Looking to make progress writing your thesis or dissertation? 

Sign up for the Jump Start Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Writing Workshop!

Hosted by the Writing and Public Speaking Center and sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office for Research and Creative Scholarship,  this four-day program allows graduate students to:

  •     gain momentum and make tangible progress in their writing
  •     experience a supportive environment for intense, focused writing time
  •     discuss effective thesis/dissertation writing strategies
  •     develop effective writing habits that will sustain them throughout their careers

This program is offered winter session, spring break and summer session. The next session is Tuesday, May 4 through Friday, May 7, 2021. If you are interested in the Jump Start program, contact Kelly Franklin:kelly.franklin@umontana.edu.

Here’s the daily format:

  • one hour of discussion and instruction focused on key writing strategies
  • three hours of independent writing
  • another hour of discussion and instruction

Daily independent writing times allow students to apply the strategies and tips they learn during the discussion and instruction sessions, as well as work on their writing. Instruction sessions include activities that show students how to analyze their own and others’ writing, and provide strategies for productive writing.

Students will benefit from the program if they are ready to write at least part of their research proposal, thesis or dissertation. Students who plan to work on a literature review should already have read, analyzed and taken notes on relevant articles before the workshop. If students are writing a thesis/dissertation chapter or a manuscript, they should have completed the data analysis, and created tables and figures. Students MUST be actively working on a writing project. 

If you are interested in the Jump Start program, contact Kelly Franklin: kelly.franklin@umontana.edu.

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