WISE-Sweetland Dissertation and Master's Writing Groups

WISE sponsors dissertation and master's writing groups through the Sweetland Writing Center. Groups form and meet for Fall semester and for Winter semester. WISE will continue to fund groups that want to meet for subsequent semesters, and will fund spring/summer term groups if trained leaders are available to lead the groups.


These groups are designed to provide additional support and structure fordissertation and thesis writers throughout the term. Each group consists of four interdisciplinary members including a workshop leader. Writing Groupsmeet a minimum of eight times during the semester to workshop each member’s writing on a rotating basis.

 

Anyone who applies for membership in a WISE writing group may also apply for a paid writing group leader position (if qualifications listed below are met). If you apply for a leader position and are not selected, you will be placed in agroup as a member.

 

We have had great feedback from our past writing groups, with some continuing to meet subsequent semesters.

 

The WISE-sponsored groups are run through the Sweetland Center for Writing. Sweetland organizes many interdisciplinary writing groups with Rackham. These groups include social sciences and humanities. The format, selection process, and leader training is the same for both the WISE/Sweetland groupsand the Rackham/Sweetland groups. The only differences between the groupsare 1) WISE sponsored groups are made up of students in sciences in engineering only (so far all females), while the general Sweetland groupsinclude male and female students from all disciplines including arts, humanities and social sciences and 2) WISE uses a similar, but different application (attached) 3) The only Master’s Thesis writing groups are sponsored by WISE. There are no Master's Thesis writing groups sponsored through Sweetland/Rackham.

 

Writing Group Participants

 

• Have advanced to candidacy (if a PhD student)

• Have completed at least one draft chapter of the dissertation (if a PhD student)

• Are in their second year of a master’s program, with an advisor-approved thesis topic (if Master’s student)

• Have clear goals for the dissertation/thesis for the semester.

• Communicate with group leaders and members to plan meeting dates/times/locations that work with members' schedules

 

• Meet with group a minimum of 8 times/semester 90 minutes per session (first meeting will be introductions, explanation of process and logistics)

 

• Present their writing at least twice during the semester

 

• Read required work prior to meeting

 

 Writing Group Leaders:

  *PhD Dissertation Writing Group Leaders must have at least one completed, accepted chapter.  If you are not selected as a Leader you will still be placed in a Dissertation Writing Group.

*Masters Thesis Writing Group Leaders must be in their second year of a master’s program, with an advisor-approved thesis topic

• Earn $600 for holding eight writing group meetings, attending the introductory training workshop, and attending three meetings with their Sweetland Faculty Mentor during the term

• Should demonstrate special expertise as writers, as organizers of activities, and as mentors of others.

• Attend an introductory training workshop on Monday, September 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm and receive continued support from a Sweetland Faculty Mentor.

• Meet with group a minimum of 8 times/semester 90 minutes per session (first meeting will be introductions, explanation of process and logistics)

• Facilitate positive/productive discussion

 

• Schedule who presents work on which dates

 

• Communicate regularly with group including meeting date/time/location/presenter reminders

 

• Determine and enforce group policy (discussed at training)

 

• Present their writing at least twice during the semester

 

• Read required work prior to meeting