The Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Writing Services

Improve Your Writing

As a graduate student, you can make an appointment to bring in a paper, thesis, dissertation — a writing project in any discipline—and get immediate feedback for improving your work. Although we will not edit your paper, we can help you identify areas for improvement and assist with the overall writing process. Our service is the only all-inclusive graduate writing assistance available on campus.

You may make two 50-minute appointments per week but only one appointment at a time and only one appointment per day. You may schedule an appointment for a piece of writing that is at least 2 pages in length when conventionally formatted (double-spaced, with one inch margins, and 11- or 12-point font). Personal statements are exempt from this policy.

Our services do not provide consultations for resumes and cover letters.

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment for a free 1-on-1 consultation, use the AcceSSC button below, select log-in, select the "Lab To Login" as Graduate Writing Services, type in your Net ID, and use your 10-digit UTD ID as your password.

Graduate Writing Services
Founders West Annex Building, FA 3.102
Monday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm
Friday, 10am - 4pm

Email your questions to: [email protected]

 

Office of Graduate Studies and McDermott Library
Graduate Workshop Series

Fall 2017 Schedule and Descriptions

September

  • Writing with Style
    Wednesday, September 6, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop will cover some of the most important principles of academic writing. We will discuss strategies for communicating in clear and concise prose by focusing especially on writing with clarity, brevity, and coherence.

  • Advanced RefWorks for Graduate Students
    Wednesday, September 13, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop focuses on using the new version of RefWorks to organize and document your research sources. In particular, we will address issues associated with completing a long-term writing and research project, such as a thesis, dissertation proposal, or dissertation.

  • Dissertation Proposal Boot Camp
    Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., MC 2.524

    This all-day seminar is designed to help doctoral students who are currently working on their dissertation proposals. It will focus on the general principles of conducting research for and writing proposals across various disciplines. It will also offer effective strategies for managing the process and successfully completing it. The Boot Camp is open to students who can commit to attending the seminar for the entire day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is a $10 registration fee to cover the cost of lunch.

  • Managing Materials
    Wednesday, September 20, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop offers productive strategies for note-taking, organizing your time, and establishing a writing routine. It will primarily address issues associated with completing a long-term writing and research project, such as a thesis, dissertation proposal, or dissertation, but it would also be helpful if you are juggling smaller, multiple projects.

  • Finding and Applying for External Fellowships/Funding
    Wednesday, September 27, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop focuses on external funding. Specifically, we will talk about what students ought to know before searching for fellowship opportunities, we will cover a tool students can use to find fellowships, and we will discuss writing the fellowship application, from requesting recommendation letters to writing a personal statement.

October

  • Writing and Researching the Lit Review
    Monday, October 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon, MC 2.524

    Presented by the Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with McDermott Library as part of Graduate Professional Week
    This workshop covers strategies for investigating research sources and presenting them within the context of the literature review. We will discuss how you can organize and synthesize your source materials and use specific-subject databases to conduct complex, in-depth searches of a broad array of topics.

  • Faculty Panel Discussion on Academic Publishing
    Monday, October 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., TBA

    Presented by the Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with McDermott Library as part of Graduate Professional Week

  • Publishing Your First Article
    Wednesday, October 11, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop focuses on fundamental issues associated with publishing your research, one of the most important things you can do to advance your academic career. Join us to learn concrete strategies for identifying the most competitive journals, communicating with editors, and preparing and submitting a manuscript for publication.

  • Targeting Journals and Conferences
    Wednesday, October 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop focuses on how to be well informed and selective when it comes to choosing where to present and publish your research. Specifically, we will discuss how you can use library resources to identify the journals and conferences best suited to your academic goals.

  • Writing and Researching the Lit Review
    Saturday, October 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop covers strategies for investigating research sources and presenting them within the context of the literature review. We will discuss how you can organize and synthesize your source materials and use specific-subject databases to conduct complex, in-depth searches of a broad array of topics.

  • Creating Titles and Abstracts
    Wednesday, October 25, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop focuses on how an effective title and abstract can attract, inform, and impress your targeted readership. Join us to learn more about the key role that they play in getting your article published and your conference paper accepted.

November

  • Defending the Dissertation Proposal
    Wednesday, November 1, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., MC 2.524

    This workshop covers techniques and best practices for presenting the oral defense of the dissertation proposal from both the committee’s and the doctoral student’s perspectives. Guest speakers will include a UT Dallas senior faculty member and a panel of Ph.D. students who have successfully defended their proposals.

 

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