Jan 17 2012
Sometime during last semester, I thought my dissertation proposal class and I should continue working together in an informal support group. Basically, we can critique each other’s work, discuss stresses we have in writing, be supportive of one another, pass along resources, etc. In a program like mine, as lovely as it is in many respects, there is a missing social aspect. It isn’t necessarily just about making friends (although that is nice) but has educational value; I learned about resources I can use through others and can get critique. Because I’ve been interested in the whole “be the change you wish to see” aspect of life, I began organizing it.
However, I have never participated in something like this, so it’s the blind leading the blind. Granted, I think I may be the only person in the group who has written a master’s thesis, but that was in physics and had other issues. Also, I had no support group and my lab was quite small.
While I think the group is a good idea (as do others, including professors), I was hoping someone out on there on the internet has some ideas. Perhaps the group will develop organically but I’d like to have some ideas and plans to keep the group healthy and active. I’ve been reading a bit about the importance of cohorts and given we have nothing resembling a cohort at the education school, it would be quite nice to have one.
Have you ever started a dissertation support group? What did you find successful?