GWSB Doctoral Student Association Resources

GWSB Doctoral Program

Get the most recent version of the GSWB doctoral program handbook and the GSWB doctoral program study plan template. Also, check out the most recent edition of the GWSB PhD dissertation guidelines.

CARMA Seminars

CARMA (Center for Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis), a resource administered by VCU in Richmond, Virginia, sponsors webcast lectures and summer short courses for faculty and doctoral students in the social sciences. Courses typically address statistical methods and research design topics. Instructors are well-known scholars with expertise in specific areas.

The subscription also provides discounts for attending short courses at VCU. Details can be found on the CARMA website.

Journal Rankings & Publishing Tips

Anne-Wil Harzing has collected a number of useful resources for graduate students and scholars. Be sure to check out her website. In particular, she has compiled a list that summarizes a variety of rankings for business-related journals published around the world (see journal quality list). She also has some great tips on publishing in journals (see publishing tips).

GW Office of Human Research & IRB

The Office of Human Research (OHR), is responsible for the administration of non-medical and medical human subjects protection research activities. In addition, OHR provides administrative support and guidance to the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB holds the primary responsibility to protect human subjects involved in research studies conducted by faculty, staff and students, as well as non-institutional sites, domestic or foreign.

All research conducted at GW must undergo IRB review and approval prior to initiation. Classroom projects, problems courses, or independent studies that are exclusively for instructional purposes need not undergo review by the IRB. However, this does not exclude research that may be part of your doctoral dissertation, graduate thesis, or independent research that involves any aspect of human subject research (including surveys or questionnaires).

To learn more about human subject research, the IRB submission process, and how to prepare your submission materials, please visit the GW Office of Human Research.

Dissertation Help

Many thanks to Professor Emeritus S. Joe Levine at Michigan State University who has developed a useful collection of dissertation resources at his website. In addition, some of those resources (and his commentary) are listed below for your review.

The Thesis Handbook maintained by the Telecommunications Program at SUNY Institute of Technology. Especially helpful are the accompanying Thesis Workbook and Frequently Asked Questions where you will find a wealth of clearly written and helpful information. (Selecting a topic; Developing a search strategy for going after relevant literature Deciding which tense to use in your writing; etc.)

An extensive set of hints and ideas on how to improve your dissertation writing. “How To Write A Dissertation or Bedtime Reading For People Who Do Not Have Time To Sleep” lays out suggestion after suggestion in direct and non-confusing form. A great list to bring out after you’ve completed the first draft of your writing, are rather tired of your topic, and you are not sure where to begin your fine tuning.

An excellent website with lots of highly specific information (especially if the focus of your work is in a scientific or technical area) has been developed by Joe Wolfe at The University of New South Wales (Australia). “How to Write a PhD Thesis” provides a variety of very useful suggestions on how to get from the beginning to the end of your thesis project – and survive the process!

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a bunch of theses/dissertations available for reading right on the web? Well, there are some resources you should be aware of that will let you see what the finished product could look like. First, check out UMI’s website –UMI’s Online Dissertation Services.

The University of Wisconsin has a site which lists sites with full-text access to dissertations. You should also be aware of the various Electronic Dissertation/Thesis (ETD) projects that are currently underway. A good access to this area is via the library at the University of Virginia which has a page dealing with Electronic Theses and Dissertations in the Humanities.

Another website that’s worth visiting is maintained by Computer Science & Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and also the Computer Science Department at Indiana University-Bloomington. “How to Be a Good Graduate Student/Advisor” attempts to raise some issues that are important for graduate students to be successful and to get as much out of the process as possible, and for advisors who wish to help their students be successful.”

Professor John W. Chinneck at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) has created a very practical and well-written web page on the preparation of your thesis. “How to Organize your Thesis” starts with a description of what graduate research/the graduate thesis is all about and then moves point-by-point through a “generic thesis skeleton”.

Not sure of all the administrative steps at your university that are required to complete a dissertation? Check out this presentation from Pepperdine University’s Dissertation Support website. Everything seems to be included from a definition of exactly what is a dissertation all the way to when you can start using the title of “Doctor.”


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