The dissertation symbolizes the end of the Ph.D. tenure. When one reaches this stage it should be seemingly straightforward to draft a formal document that presents their findings to a research question. However, graduate students are often plagued by perfectionism, anxiety about what direction(s) to take along the way, and lack of involvement with their advisor throughout the dissertation process. This workshop offers solutions to graduate students by presenting strategies on how to survive and thrive throughout the dissertation. Participants will have the opportunity to: (1) construct a personal action plan to execute the writing process and dissertation defense presentation; (2) identify resources to remain organized and productive; (3) cultivate a support network for accountability from beginning to graduation.
Dr. Jasmine Davenport Crenshaw is an engineer, speaker, and author with over ten years of experience in research and development. She is passionate about the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from North Carolina A&T State University, Master of Science in materials science from the University of Florida, and Doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. During her tenure at the University of Florida, she was a GEM Fellow and interned with the Eastman Kodak Company. Dr. Crenshaw is the founder of Mind Over Matter Institute, where she builds competence, confidence, and collaboration for individuals in STEM. Her appointments include: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Postdoctoral fellow, University of Richmond Department of Biology; University of Richmond Integrated Science Experience (URISE) Program Director; Department of Defense (DoD) Systems Engineer.