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Professional Writing for Graduate Students

The UNH Graduate School provides numerous opportunities for graduate students to hone their professional writing skills, including thesis/dissertation workshops, write-ins, and assistance with written applications for graduate aid. Visit our Professional Development Calender of Events to learn about upcoming writing workshops, and register for these and any of our professional development events on our Graduate School registration page.

Writing Opportunities We Offer:

Thesis and Dissertation Workshops

The Graduate School holds regular information sessions throughout the academic year on the rules and processes for formatting and submitting final theses and dissertations. The Graduate School sends a notice of dates for these to program coordinators at the start of each semester, and also posts the dates on the Graduate School's News and Events page.

Thesis and Dissertation Manual

In addition to these in-person events, the Graduate School also hosts the Thesis and Dissertation Manual (PDF) online. This useful publication explains the procedures for formatting and filing theses and dissertations. Thesis and dissertation writers are strongly advised to plan ahead by reading this manual early and allowing time for resolving any questions. Students whose theses or dissertations will involve non-textual materials (photographs, charts, etc.) should consult the manual during the initial planning of such projects to ensure that their plans are in keeping with Graduate School guidelines. Students whose theses or dissertations are text-only are encouraged to consult the manual in the mid-semester point of the final semester, when filing the Intent-to-Graduate form.

Write-Ins

Graduate student Write-Ins are sessions for students to indicate writing goals and deadlines and work towards accomplishing the goals in a supportive writing environment. Members from the UNH Writing Center will attend a few of the sessions to assist students with their writing. Write-ins aim to help students learn to write more productively by providing students with the following critical ingredients: space with minimal distractions; a writing regiment/routine; and peer motivation and support.

Workshops for DYF and STAF Application Writing

Every year the UNH Graduate School offers Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYF) to graduate students in their final year of doctoral work, and Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowships (STAF) to outstanding TAs seeking to continue their research over the summer. More information about both of these awards can be found on our Graduate Aid Forms and Processes page. To assist students seeking to apply for these awards, the Graduate School hosts several DYF and STAF workshops throughout the year for students to gain insight into the application process, writing tips, or how to prepare a great application. These workshops allow graduate students to ask questions, learn strategies for submitting a strong application, and opportunities for peer review or consultation.