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Dissertation Development Workshop


The Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own.

Learning from its 10-year history as a national student competition and fellowship program for graduate students across the humanities and social sciences, the program now works with universities to help them develop interdisciplinary dissertation proposal development programs on their campuses.

Through its University Initiative, the DPD Program is providing funding, advice, and other resources to five universities over three years to help them pilot similar programs for their own graduate students, sharing successful interdisciplinary pedagogical practices cultivated over a decade of experience. More information about the University Initiative and its institutional partners is available on the University Initiative's website.

Graduate Workshops and Resources

The Graduate College offers workshops and resources to assist graduate students in completing their degree. Some of the regularly scheduled workshops include: Producing and Presenting Scholarly Work, and Developing and Formatting Theses and Dissertations. There are various other professional and personal development workshops offered to students throughout the year.

Scholarly Writing Workshops

The Graduate College is pleased to offer a series of Scholarly Writing Workshops each semester. There is no fee to attend, and students may participate in one, two, or all three workshops. All currently-enrolled FAU graduate students are encouraged to attend. Class sizes are limited; be sure to reserve your space early. Topics include Presenting Scholarly Work, Producing Scholarly Publications, and Developing Theses & Dissertations. Stay tuned for details about upcoming Scholarly Writing Workshops.

For more information contact graduatewriting@fau.edu. 

Graduate Student Career Workshop Series

The Career Development Center developed workshops on career topics specifically geared for graduate students to be better prepared for the job search after you graduate. Food will be provided, courtesy of the Graduate and Professional Student Association. Stay tuned for details regarding upcoming Graduate Student Career Workshops.

  • CV Writing
  • Components of the Academic Job Application
  • Academic Job Search
  • Non-Academic Job Search

The Professional Development Workshop Series

The Graduate College in conjunction with Counseling and Psychological Services present several Professional Development workshops, such as Healthy Communication, Stress Management, and Finding Balance in Graduate School and Work Life.These workshops are generally offered each fall and spring semester. For more information, please contact graduatewriting@fau.edu.

University Library Workshop Schedule

Each semester, FAU students, staff and faculty are invited to attend FAU Libraries workshops on research and information sources. All workshops held in Instruction Lab LY 136. Click here to register. For more information, contact lyilis@fau.edu or call 561-297-4318. Below are several of the workshops offered by the University Library:

  • APA Boot Camp
  • Effective Job Searches
  • Google Scholar
  • Be Money Wi$e In College: Personal Finance and Spending
  • Be Money Wi$e After College: Saving, Investing & Credit

The Graduate College also sends out a monthly newsletter to all graduate students with upcoming events and important deadlines. If you would like to be added to the email list, please send an email to zgreatho@fau.edu.

Available Resources

Career Development Center

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

Department of Campus Recreation

Graduate and Professional Student Association

Office for Students with Disabilities

Student Health Services

Writing Center

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