Research Partner Profile
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
Participating Programs (15)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Educational Policy and Leadership
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Ph.D. Completion Project is consistent with Marquette University’s mission and it is in line with strategic planning initiatives for strengthening graduate programs and increasing research and scholarship. Marquette is committed to fostering the growth of an inclusive and culturally diverse campus community that is the conduit for realizing a transformative educational experience for all students. Based upon studies and data, doctoral students at Marquette University could substantially benefit from a series of interventions that will foster a sense of connection, autonomy, and cohesiveness and result in less attrition and shorter time to degree. The interventions will be encompassed under the following three areas: 1) improving the advising process; 2) helping students establish self-discipline and structure; and 3) developing a network of support.
Improving the Advising Process
• Student workshop on selecting a dissertation advisor, configuring a
committee, and related topics.
• Advisor workshops to impart advising strategies to new advisors
and allow seasoned faculty to collaborate with junior colleagues.
• Communication workshop for students to help them get the most
out of the dissertation advising process.
Helping Students Establish Self-Discipline and Structure
• Student workshop on practical strategies for writing the dissertation.
• Graduate Writing Consultants (GWC) program - Trains graduate
assistants to help students in their discipline improve their writing
• Dissertation Boot Camp - Provides students with a week-long
residential immersion experience to assist their progress through
writing the dissertation.
Developing a Network for Support
• Marquette Doctoral Student Connection – A facilitated blogging
system that enables communication and forms a network between
• Quality Circle Reviews – Group of four dissertation students
external and internal to the candidate’s field who meet with the
candidate to review and strengthen the candidate’s dissertation
• Monthly Support Group for Minority Students.