Graduate Student Dissertation Retreat

The MRP holds a two-day summer dissertation retreat open to advanced graduate student members and five to six faculty. Each student pre-circulates a dissertation prospectus or chapter prior to the event. One lead and one secondary faculty commentator are assigned to each student. A format similar to the colloquium workshops is used, which allows each student, over the course of the two days, to have his or her project critiqued by a scholar from his or her discipline as well as one from outside. An additional evening session on challenges in the field helps us identify and address discipline-specific as well as more general concerns within the group.The goals of the dissertation retreat are

  • To mentor graduate students to produce strong dissertations from multiple disciplinary and career-stage perspectives that lead to positions within research universities.
  • To help students to produce one well-polished chapter each year that is ready for public critique, thereby speeding up their time to degree.
  • To build intellectual common ground for faculty participants.
  • To create a sense of cohort among graduate students

The dissertation retreat takes place in the fall at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California.

The 2011 dissertation retreat will take place on Saturday, September 10th through Sunday September 11th. Pertinent deadlines for member are below.

  • Friday, June 3rd: Faculty wishing to attend should contact the graduate student coordinator by this date.
  • Friday, June 17th: Deadline for graduate students interested in applying to attend. Send a short abstract and the name of the MRP faculty member on their dissertation committee to the graduate student coordinator.
  • Friday, August 19th: Deadline for graduate students to send papers to assigned readers and graduate student coordinator.
  • September 10-11: Dissertation retreat occurs.