Workshops & Seminars

* Registration for Fall 2015 events begins August 19, 2015*

Thesis and Dissertation Support Services offers a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Below you will find descriptions of the different events we can offer and information about which students may register for an event.

To register for an event, please visit TDSS Event Registration website. The registration system has the complete date, time, and location information for students.

Our Seminars

Writing in Graduate School
This workshop introduces students to expectations for graduate students. We will cover important issues such as writing into a scholarly community, choosing an appropriate citation style, and much more.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student at N.C. State
Date offered in fall 2015:
Friday, August 21 at 1pm in Witherspoon 201

Forming an Advisory Committee
This seminar features a panel of experienced faculty members from across the university who discuss the process of assembling a doctoral advisory committee. They will talk about what to look for in an adviser or chair, what kind of information students should prepare for prospective committee members, and other best practices for choosing a committee.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student who will be forming a committee for his/her thesis or dissertation

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Advisory Committee
Hear in the seminar from faculty discussing "best practices" in communicating with your advisory committee, including how to maintain open lines of communication, demonstrate dedication to your work, and develop a good working relationship with all members of your committee.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student who will be forming or who has already formed an advisory committee

Thesis 101
Just what is a Master's thesis, anyway? What do successful thesis writers understand about this genre? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the Master's thesis and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the thesis project.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled Master's student

Dissertation 101
Just what is a doctoral dissertation, anyway? What do successful dissertation writers understand about the dissertation? How can you equip yourself to tackle this project successfully? What do faculty members at N.C. State expect? This seminar will introduce you to the important concepts of the dissertation and encourage students to have open communication with their advisors about expectations for the dissertation project.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled doctoral student

Planning for Your Dissertation Defense
Learn how to prepare for your dissertation defense, including the presentation and question and answer portions of the event.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates who will be defending in the current or following semester

Publishing Your Research: Understanding the Editorial Process
Most graduate students are expected to publish their research, and for many that requirement is parallel with the work they are doing on their dissertation. This seminar will introduce you to the hidden elements of the editorial process to help you better understand publishing and finally see your work in print. A follow-up workshop is offered where you can bring in the article you are working on and finalize it for publication (see below).
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student

Designing a Poster for a Research Symposium
This workshop introduces students to elements of research poster design. Learn what makes a strong poster, get tips from a past winner and judge, discuss how to plan your talk, and see examples of winning posters. This workshop also includes instruction in a basic poster design software program and time to begin working on your poster.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student, especially those presenting in the Graduate School Research Symposium

Our Writing Workshops

Writing a Dissertation Proposal
This workshop covers the elements of a dissertation proposal. Students will be given time to work on key elements of the proposal and to talk about their ideas for their dissertations, so registrants should be at the stage of candidacy exams and/or needing to write a dissertation proposal to get the most out of the event.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates and doctoral students nearing their preliminary/qualifying exams

Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day
The most successful dissertation writers understand that the key to success is making writing a daily habit. Learn how to develop good writing habits and "train" yourself to write on a daily basis -- and successfully complete your dissertation. Students will spend time writing and tasking out their dissertation in this workshop, so registrants should be at the stage of writing their dissertation to get the most out of the event.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates

Writing the Discussion and Conclusion of Your Dissertation
The discussion and conclusion are generally the most difficult part of the dissertation to write. What do your data mean? What have you learned? What have you contributed to the field? These important sections tell your committee why what you did was valuable and in what ways. This workshop will introduce students to the key concepts of the dissertation discussion and conclusion and will give them active writing time on these sections.
Who should register: Doctoral candidates working on these sections of their dissertation

Publishing Your Dissertation Research - Responding to Reviews
Part two of our discussion about publishing the articles from your dissertation will cover issues of writing for your selected journal, editing your writing for publication, and understanding the copyright issues related to publishing work from your dissertation. A must-attend for anyone writing a dissertation of research articles who plan to publish them.
Who should register: Doctoral students who want to publish their work

Library Research & Writing Workshop Series

The library also offers several helpful writing workshops for graduate students. Please go directly to the library's website to register for the following workshops:

Writing Research Article Introductions
Learn how to write an effective introduction to your research paper in the sciences. This workshop is aimed at graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and others completing research papers with an eye toward publication. (Led by the Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services.)
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student

Literature Review Workshop
Join N.C. State librarians and campus partners to learn about important research skills. In this session, you will learn tactics and tips for conducting literature reviews. Along the way, learn about library services you may not know about and connect with librarians in your subject area for more in-depth help finding information later.
Who should register: Any currently enrolled graduate student
Dates offered:
See library's Research Workshops webpage

Workshop FAQ

Who can attend?
Any graduate student currently enrolled at N.C. State! Writers of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Are TDSS workshops and seminars free?
TDSS workshops and seminars are free for all graduate students currently enrolled at N.C. State.

What should I bring?
We encourage students to bring a pen and paper to take notes. Students are also welcome to bring laptops and tablets.

Can I get the slides?
All students who attend a workshop will receive a paper copy of the slides. By request, students who attend a workshop or seminar can also receive an electronic copy of the slides. Students must attend the workshop to receive the slides. Beginning in the Fall 2015 semester, workshops and slides will be available On Demand!