Dissertation writing can be an isolating experience. The magnitude of the project can overwhelm. Dissertation writing groups—comprised of fellow dissertators who provide feedback—are a lifeline. The dissertation feedback groups I participated in as a doctoral student were instrumental in my success. They certainly improved my work. My productivity increased.
What is an abstract? The abstract is a brief summary of your dissertation to help a new reader understand the purpose and content of the document, in much the same way as you would read the abstract of a journal article to help decide whether it was relevant to your work. The function of the abstract is to describe and summarise the contents of the dissertation, rather than making critical or evaluative statements about the project. When should I write the abstract?
Upon advancement to candidacy, each student has a Dissertation Committee consisting of at least three faculty members including at least two members of the graduate group. At least half of the members of the Dissertation Committee must be members of the graduate group at the time of appointment to the committee. Faculty who are not members of the graduate group may serve only with the written approval of the graduate group. The authority to approve membership on committees may be delegated to the graduate chair. A graduate group may establish additional requirements, such as a requirement for outside reviewers on the Dissertation Committee.
We strongly recommend using the following Zoom meeting settings and in-meeting management strategies to ensure you have a secure and productive Dissertation Defense meeting, while also allowing for participation and input, as appropriate, from meeting attendees. These settings will affect all of your Zoom meetings, so you may need to adjust some back depending on your needs for other meetings. These options are set when you schedule your meeting.