Proposal Writing & Research Retreats

Words of Wisdom

It's okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn't give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don't like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.

— Ashly Lorenzana

The University Writing Center and TAMU Libraries Learning & Outreach offer a Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Writing & Research Retreat twice a year (typically in March & June), 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 Monday, March 12th and Tuesday, March 13th in Spring 2018 (the week of Spring Break). 

Registration will open on a date TBA and will remain open until filled. Students may register at this link to be announced in the Event Registration System (ERS).

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