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Thesis Workshops

Navigating DISSERTATION to Book

Dawn Durante, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Illinois Press
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 15
Coble Hall Room 304/308

Every graduate student hears many times “the dissertation is not the book,” but what does that really mean? Dawn Durante, a senior acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press, will discuss the differences between the dissertation and the book and give helpful advice on how to approach revisions in order to transform a successful dissertation into a successful book manuscript.

Talking About Your Research

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, June 5
Lincoln Hall Room 1002

Heading to a conference soon? Need to effectively communicate your research to different audiences? In this interactive workshop, you'll learn strategies for talking about your research effectively with a variety of audiences and contexts, and you'll have an opportunity to practice those skills.

Thesis Review & Deposit

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, June 19
Lincoln Hall Room 1002

Do you have questions about formatting your thesis or dissertation and the deposit process? The Thesis Office is here to help! This presentation will review the Graduate College formatting requirements. We will also take you step-by-step through the thesis submission process, discuss the deposit requirements, and go over the things to consider before your document is published in IDEALS, the university’s document repository.

GradMAP - Setting Goals and Developing Skills in Grad School

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3
Lincoln Hall Room 1002

What do you want to achieve in graduate school? The skills and experiences you gain in the coming years will impact your success in graduate school and beyond. In GradMAP, you will develop a personalized development plan so you can get the most out of your time in graduate school and make use of campus resources for graduate students. In this hands-on program, you will identify goals and make a plan to achieve them, with a focus on developing skills in areas like leadership, research, teaching, and professionalism. Learn more at

Strategies for Managing Difficult Projects

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 17
Lincoln Hall Room 1002

Whether tackling a group project in class, organizing an event for a student organization, or supervising a team in the workplace, you will likely face complicated projects in your career as a graduate student and beyond. In this workshop, we will talk through project management concepts then apply them in practical examples to help you think strategically about difficult projects. You will leave this workshop with tools to help you navigate your next great challenge more efficiently, while also helping you identify and communicate translatable skills. This workshop does not require any previous project management knowledge or experience to participate.

Office Hours

Do you have a question about formatting your thesis? Would you like someone to review the content and format of your title page? Do you just want to talk to someone about your thesis? We would love to help! Feel free to stop by our office hours at any time!
June 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Main Library, Room 214
June 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Send us a Facebook message via The Graduate College at Illinois