About a year ago, the room in the back of Graduate Services was christened the Dissertation Writer’s Room (brevity is the soul of wit, so it’s the DWR from here on out). It was a room. You could definitely work on a dissertation while in this room. And that was about it. There wasn’t really much more to say about the room, though I tried and probably said too much (no, not soulful or witty in the least). Well, now I don’t have to try to say something about the DWR, because there is a lot to be said about it. Feedback from doctoral students using the room has led to the room’s renovation this summer, and now it is ready to be used by all users who are doctoral candidates working on their dissertation. New tables, chairs, shades, lamps, rugs, paint, prints, and most of all, lockers. Yes, say hello to lockers to put your stuff into if you are a doctoral candidate working on your dissertation, and goodbye to the drag it was of dragging that bag full of books and your computer back and forth between your place and Graduate Services.
Now, there are 24 lockers of which 19 can be checked-out for an academic year, while the remaining five can be checked-out for the day. Lockers are issued on a first come, first served basis. Keys to the lockers can be checked out at the Graduate Services circulation desk if you are a doctoral candidate working on your dissertation. And only at the Graduate Services circulation desk. And only if you are a doctoral candidate working on your dissertation. You won’t find the keys to these lockers anywhere else. And we won’t check them out to anyone else but doctoral candidates working on their dissertation. So, come on in and get them while they’re here. It’s what you wanted. We know. You told us.