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Dissertation and Thesis Assistance (DATA)

If you’re writing a thesis or dissertation, including an undergraduate Honors thesis, DATA provides you with one-to-one assistance. You’ll have the benefit of working with the same consultant for up to 11 sessions (including the first, introductory session). Your DATA consultant will help you improve your writing skills so that you can correct your writing in between sessions; your consultant will also become familiar with your topic and your writing issues so that advice can be tailored to your needs. Because your consultant can read your writing and then discuss it with you, you can achieve more in less time than with regular consultations.

During DATA you will:

  • agree on an appointment calendar that works with your schedule
  • work independently between sessions to make progress and improve your skills
  • learn to set personal writing goals
  • learn revising and proofreading techniques
  • learn effective writing habits

Once you have finished with your DATA sessions, you can continue to work one-to-one with our consultants on an appointment basis; however, you will have to work with whoever is available. We also recommend you consider joining a graduate writing group.

Ground Rules for DATA

  • If you cannot make an appointment, you must cancel the session before the scheduled meeting time.  An appointment that is not canceled will be considered a “no-show,” and two “no-shows” can be grounds for canceling the remainder of the sessions.
  • You can place your sessions on hold for up to six months, and you can do this for a maximum of twice. If we don’t hear from you once the six months is up, we’ll drop you from DATA. If you eventually decide to return, you’ll pick up where you left off—you cannot start again from the beginning.  If the consultant you originally worked with is unavailable, we’ll match you with someone else.
  • It is your responsibility to work independently on your paper between each meeting.
  • You may work out a schedule with your consultant that allows him or her time to read your work before your appointment. The time the consultant spends on reading will be counted as a session. However, you and your consultant will work collaboratively to ensure that your progress comes first.
  • The consultant will not edit your work line-by-line, but instead provide general help or point out patterns in your writing.  If you require more extensive review, you may contact a freelance editor.
  • Your consultant may ask you to meet with another consultant, especially in the case of a change in his or her schedule.  Your consultant will  keep University Writing Center staff informed of your progress to ensure the least possible disruption to your progress.

Interested in joining DATA?  Apply by filling out the form. We’ll contact you within three business days.