Words of Wisdom
In 1961, the publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary set off a maelstrom of controversy because it took a descriptive rather than prescriptive stance toward language. Among the protested usages endorsed by the Third were "like" for "as," "due to" for "because," and "different than." "Enthuse," "finalize," "contact," and "yak" were among the verbs that numerous grammar pundits felt should not have been included.
The University Writing Center and Evans Library offer a Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Writing & Research Retreat twice a year, with the goal of providing you with a productive environment for completing a proposal. Retreats are two-day events held usually during spring break and summer, although dates may vary. Registration is typically limited to about thirty students.
Most of your time will be spent researching and writing your proposal, but that time will be interspersed with short informative presentations and meetings with writing coaches and librarians to help you succeed in the thesis/dissertation proposal writing process. The first day of the retreat will be devoted to research and the second to writing.
You will receive 30 minutes of individual coaching on what you are researching and a second coaching session on writing help. Participants are asked to bring their own laptop or anything that will keep you productive, including headphones and research materials.
We will provide lunches, snacks, and beverages, but you may bring your own food if you prefer. There is no cost.
To qualify for attendance, you must be actively writing your proposal. This retreat is NOT suitable for grant proposals or general course work. Furthermore, this retreat is also NOT suitable for those who have already submitted a proposal and are currently working on a thesis/dissertation.
To participate, you must meet the following criteria:
You can commit to attending each day, all day from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.
You should likely inform your advisor of your attendance
You plan to defend your proposal within 3-6 months after the retreat
You are actively writing your proposal.
Are you ready to write a proposal?
The next Proposal Writing & Research Retreat will take place Thursday, July 6th and Friday, July 7th.
Registration will open on June 19th at 8:00 a.m. and will remain open until filled. Students may register at this link: https://ers.tamu.edu/default.aspx?eventid=4333.