Please get me through the academic year … and I promise that I will write my dissertation during the summer! is a common refrain among doctoral students who are in the throes of their dissertation work. It seems there is not a single doctoral student or candidate who hasn’t bargained with the “dissertation gods” to finish their dissertation research.
Well, summer is here! Sadly, we are already halfway through the academic break, and soon you’ll have to face the questions: How many pages have you written? How many chapters are completed? How tight is your methodology? Have you exhausted the literature? Are your research questions appropriate? Is your dissertation research IRB-worthy? Are you currently on your dissertation committee’s radar? Have you done everything that you need to do in order to graduate in the fall or spring?
AACTE Holmes Scholars and other graduate students are invited to sharpen their research acumen at the annual Holmes Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium, July 26-28 at Rowan University (NJ). The retreat supports the research, academic, and professional development of doctoral students through 2½ days of workshops, relationship-building activities, and peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty engagement.
A combination of plenary and smaller concurrent sessions will cover topics such as writing an annotated bibliography, quantitative and qualitative research methods, developing measurable questions, mentor/mentee relationships, reading/dissecting research articles, publishing research, academic etiquette, time management, scholar identity, and training for Holmes Program coordinators.
On June 4, AACTE will welcome more than three dozen students to the Holmes Summer Policy Institute in Arlington, Virginia, as part of the Association’s Washington Week. This annual institute connects students with advocacy work at the intersection of education research and policy.
Throughout the day, interactive panel discussions will explore topics such as advocating for students of color, using social media for research and advocacy, and partnering with grass roots organizations and other advocacy groups. Featured panelists will include representatives from national organizations and associations such as UNCF, EdTrust, and HBCU Buzz. The Holmes institute participants will also receive a policy briefing and join an evening reception with the leaders of AACTE’s state chapters.