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We are not currently accepting new applicants to the DATA Program. Please refer back to this page later in the semester for updates on future availability. --2/9/2021
The Dissertation Article and Thesis Assistance program (DATA) is designed to support graduate students working on a thesis, dissertation, or article for publication. Undergraduates working on an undergraduate thesis are also welcome to apply. We recommend applying early in the semester, as we will not typically be able to assign you to a consultant after midterms.
DATA participants are paired with the same consultant for up to ten 45-minute sessions. Participants will attend an initial session during which they must commit to at least six meetings. (The initial session doesn't count toward the limit of ten.) You may request to conduct appointments in a variety of formats: face-to-face, email, or video chat via Zoom.
During DATA you will
commit to an appointment calendar that works with your schedule (once a week or twice a week)
work independently between consultations to make progress and improve your skills
learn to set personal writing goals
learn revising and proofreading techniques
learn effective writing habits
Handouts for DATA
Ground Rules for DATA Applicants
- You are allowed a maximum of 10 sessions in the DATA program. You will book the first six appointments during the initial session. At that time, you will also select your preferred appointment types, i.e., face-to-face, email, or video chat.
- You may cancel or re-schedule via phone at 979-458-1455 at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled session; otherwise, the appointment is counted as “missed.” If you try to cancel DATA appointments without UWC assistance, they will not be cancelled properly, and you will be marked as missing an appointment.
- If you miss or cancel 3 appointments in a row, you will lose your place in the program. To re-instate your status, you will need to re-apply. You will not be guaranteed the same consultant.
- To change a scheduled session type (face-to-face to online, for example), call the UWC at 979-458-1455 at least 24 hours in advance of the session.
- In the event that the consultant is unexpectedly unavailable (or graduates), you may be paired with a different consultant.
- If you would like to schedule regular UWC appointments in addition to your DATA meetings, you may do so by calling the UWC at 979-458-1455. You will not be able to schedule additional appointments without assistance.
Due to high demand, we are not currently accepting new DATA applications. Check back later in the semester for updates on availability. -- 2/9/2021
Interested in joining DATA?
Apply by filling out the DATA registration form. We will send you an email confirming your application and pair you with a consultant. If the program has a waiting list when you apply, we will let you know.
Once you have finished with your DATA sessions, you can continue to work one-to-one with our consultants on an appointment basis, and you can always make additional appointments with our other consultants during your time in DATA, up to one appointment per day.