GSAC Scholar Retreat


What is the Scholar Retreat?

GSAC’s Scholar Retreat has been developed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process, towards its completion. By offering a quiet environment and support for intensive, focused writing time, the Retreat provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Our goal is to assist each participant in making significant progress toward completing his or her project.

Is this for me?

This event is directed primarily toward students in the final stages of writing their dissertations. In many disciplines, the final stages could be defined as the time period after data has been collected. However, individuals working on a dissertation proposal or master’s thesis could also benefit from the structured time, space, professional writing consultation, and motivational support of the program. The Scholars’ Retreat is limited to 12 Texas Tech University graduate students per session.

What should I expect?

At the beginning of the Retreat, participants sign individual “contracts” indicating the goal they would like to reach. They then determine mini-goals to help them accomplish the larger project.
For the next five days, participants spend three hours per day writing and working on their dissertation. Writing consultants will be available throughout this time. Midway through the Retreat, we will hold a coffee-hour, bringing together morning and evening participants to chat with each other, share tips, and discuss dissertation-related experiences. It is our hope that this coffee-hour will allow you to make connections that can help you establish your own dissertation writing support group after the workshop. Materials will be provided to help guide you through the steps of setting up such a group.

On the last day of the Retreat, the final hour will be devoted to sharing the progress you have made during the Retreat with fellow scholars, as well as examining your progress toward your goals.

When will the Retreat happen?

For the Spring 2013 semester, there will be two sessions for the Retreat. The first will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day April 29-May 3. The second will take place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each day April 29-May 3. Any graduate student who is writing his or her dissertation or thesis is welcome to register for this event. Participants may only sign up for only one of the two sessions, and they are expected to attend every day for their session.

How can I sign up?

To register, go to Sign in with your eRaider, select Event Registration Page, then select the session you would like to sign up for and register. If the session you want is full, you will have the option to put your name on a waitlist and be notified if/when there is an opening. We also plan to host Retreats each semester, so you will also have the opportunity to participate in future semesters if these sessions fill. Please email with any questions.

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