Dear Doctoral Candidate:

We are asking for your participation in a 10-question survey that will help us understand the writing challenges and needs you�ve experienced as a dissertation writer at Mason. The survey aims to gather information that will help us design targeted writing support for doctoral students. The survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. It includes questions on:

Background information

Dissertation progress

Dissertation requirements and expectations in your field

Challenges of dissertation writing you�ve experienced

Writing support you have and/or would like to have

You�ll find the survey at

There are no risks to your participation. All information from the survey will be kept confidential. At no time will person-identifiable information be used.

If you would be willing to participate in a follow-up interview or focus group, or would be interested in finding out more about this work please contact Dr. Paul Rogers at [log in to unmask].

Thank you for your valuable time and assistance. Please don�t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Dr. Terry Myers Zawacki, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum

Dr. Paul Rogers, Director, Northern Virginia Writing Project