Summer Events for Graduate Students

Dissertation Acceleration & Navigation Group (D.A.N.G.)

The Dissertation Acceleration and Navigation Group is a week of focused and dedicated writing time designed to jumpstart the dissertation writing process. If you have passed your proposal and want help jumpstarting, progressing or finishing your dissertation, we can help!

Past DANG attendees have reported an average of 24 pages drafted during the event. Occurring once on campus and once via Zoom in Summer 2024, writing days in either modality will begin with goal setting and introductions to process tips for the dissertation adventure.

In-Person

When: May 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Student Success Center

We will have structured writing time with scheduled breaks before we break for lunch (provided). The afternoon sessions will pick back up on with another presentation on an associated topic, sometimes from outside guests, before launching back into structured writing time. Each day will end with getting organized, reflecting on successes, and creating a plan for the next day.

Virtual

When: June 4-14, 9-11 a.m. Central Time
Where: Zoom

After morning check-ins and writing process presentations, writers will work independently according to their drafted timelines and daily goals, checking back in the next day for accountability.

Depending on where they are in their dissertation process, writers could end the week with 20-40 pages of draft dissertation pages.

Drop-In Writing Accountability Sessions

Join the Writing Center on Friday mornings during the summer semester for coffee & snacks and some dedicated writing time in a community with other writers.

When: Fridays, June 7-July 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Where: Writing Center space in the Student Success Center

Whether you are working on dissertations/theses, assignments for coursework, conference proposals/papers, article drafts or revisions, or courses you are teaching or assisting, all writers and all projects are welcome.

What to expect: We will invite participants to share goals at the beginning of the session, then work quietly and independently for the duration of the session. No general writing instruction will be provided at the sessions. We will invite participants to report progress and/or future goals at the end of the session.

No registration necessary! Just drop in.

GradsWrite Groups

Need a weekly accountability group to help you stay on track this summer? Join a GradsWrite group! Meet weekly to share goals, set new ones, and stay accountable to your writing timeline.

When: Weekly June 4 – July 26
Where: Zoom

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will continue our GradsWrite groups in Summer 2024, open to graduate students at Mizzou who are currently working on a long-term writing project such as particularly dissertations and theses, conference papers and articles for publication.

GradsWrite groups provide a shared space to help graduate students accomplish their writing goals in a supportive setting. Groups will meet weekly on Zoom for 2-hour sessions over 8 weeks during the summer semester; groups will focus on helping graduate students set and meet writing goals on long-term writing projects, such as dissertations, with an emphasis on accountability and support. Groups will meet to share, update, revise, and plan weekly goals; no general writing instruction will be provided to the group.

Getting Started: Teaching & Research Statements

The Writing Center, in collaboration with the MU Graduate School, will host a Teaching and Research Statement three-part series this summer. This series will be helpful to graduate students who are new to teaching and research statements and need general information about the documents or are struggling with getting started creating them.

When: June 11, June 25 and July 9, 1-2 p.m. Central Time
Where: Zoom
June 11: Getting Started

The first presentation will focus on introducing graduate students to teaching and research statements, their purposes, their differences, and their potential drafting processes.

June 25: Workshopping the Teaching Statement

If you have already begun drafting your statement and would like feedback on your draft, please bring it to the workshop! We will begin by offering a structure for helpful feedback on these particular statements and then will break into groups for real-time feedback.

July 9: Workshopping the Research Statement

If you have already begun drafting your statement and would like feedback on your draft, please bring it to the workshop! We will begin by offering a structure for helpful feedback on these particular statements and then will break into groups for real-time feedback.

One-on-One Graduate Writing Support Tutoring

When: June 3-July 26
Where: Zoom and in-person at the Writing Center space in the Student Success Center

The Online Writery never closes and will accept submissions 24/7/365 (even in the break between spring & summer semester)!