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The Eighth Annual Dissertation Forum

February 22, 2019, 8AM – 4PM

Sponsored by the Writing Studio, the USF Libraries, and the Office of Graduate Studies

What is the Dissertation Forum?

This 1-day event will inform you of resources and services for doctoral candidates who are currently working on prospectuses or dissertations.  Sessions include information about conducting research, writing strategies, research tools, stress management and advice from recently hired assistant professors.

Welcome and Introductions

Meet the Dean of the USF Tampa Libraries, Associate Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies, Director of Library Liaison Services and subject librarians, and the Coordinator of the Writing Studio.

Lightning Rounds

These brief sessions will introduce you to apps and services that will make your life easier during the research and writing process.  After this introduction, you will be able to determine which apps and services you would like to know more about, who to contact to obtain individual assistance, and where to register for more advanced training workshops.

New Faculty Panel and Q & A

Newly hired faculty members who recently went through the dissertation process will provide candid advice about planning and meeting your goals, practicing flexibility and patience with topic changes, research difficulties, and managing dissertation committee challenges.


Drop-in to workshops that will meet your needs and focus on informing you about the use of research tools, research and writing skills, use of media, publishing, legal issues, and other important aspects of the dissertation process.


Grace Allen Room, Library 4th floor.


The $10.00 registration fee covers the cost of food.

8:00 – 9:00Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10Welcome Dean of the USF Tampa Libraries and Associate Librarian and Chair of the Dissertation Forum Committee
9:10 – 9:30What Dissertators Should Know About the Office of Graduate Studies Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies
9:30 – 9:40 Library Services & Library Liaisons Director of Library Liaison Services, USF Tampa Libraries
9:40 – 9:50Writing Studio & Mentors Coordinator, USF Writing Studio
9:50 – 10:05Break
10:05 – 11:30Faculty Panel Panelists include faculty from History, Geosciences, Education, English and Honors.
11:30 – 1:00Lunch on your own Bring your lunch or eat on campus: campusdish.com
1:00 – 2:00Lightning Rounds
2:10 – 2:55Workshops
  • How to Work with Your Committee Members – Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick, Office of Graduate Studies
  • Writing Your Dissertation – Will Forde-Mazrui, USF Writing Studio
  • Conducting Human Subject Research and the USF IRB – Audrey Powers, USF Libraries
  • ETD Formatting Requirements Q&A – Dr. Ruth Huntley Bahr, Office of Graduate Studies
3:05 – 4:00Workshops
  • Can I Use That in My Dissertation? Tips on Copyright and Permissions – LeEtta Schmidt, USF Libraries
  • Style and Substance – Will Forde-Mazrui, USF Writing Studio
  • Keeping Up in Your Discipline Using BrowZine – Drew Smith, USF Libraries
  • Conducting a Literature Review – Audrey Powers, USF Libraries
For additional information, contact Audrey Powers at 813-974-9001, or apowers@usf.edu.