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Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp

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Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camp is a chance for graduate students to make some serious progress on their dissertation, master’s thesis, or other graduate writing project. The Boot Camp gives students an opportunity to write productively in a distraction-free environment with peer support and expert help. Students will show up, ready to write, every weekday for a week (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). We will provide a quiet, comfortable, well-equipped computer classroom and keep everyone supplied with pens, paper, post-its, staples, coffee and light snacks. We will also provide optional one-on-one consultations with a trained, experienced writing consultants to answer any questions. Our support will end at 1:00 pm. though you’re welcome to continue working (most days) on your own until 4:00 p.m.

For more information, see below and also the Graduate College page on Boot Camp (click here).

Online Registration Now Open!!!

Click here to register online for the Winter 2015 Boot Camp (January 5-9).  After all registration is complete, we will reply with more information.

When is Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp?

The next Boot Camp will be during the Winter Break in 2015:  Mon.-Fri., January 5-9, in Riverfront Hall 309. We plan to host more Boot Camps later in the year, possibly during Spring Break and Summer.

Who should register for Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp?

Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp is for graduate students who are at the drafting stage of a dissertation or thesis. You should have done most of your research and should be ready to write.

How do graduate students register for Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp?

  • Registration is limited to 25 people, and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Preference is given to participants who have not attended a previous Boot Camp.

What happens at Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp?

Bring your writing materials (books, notebooks, laptops) and set yourself up at a seminar table. We’ll get things started on the first day with a workshop that will help us get to know you while you network with fellow students, learn how to address possible problems in your writing process, create a specific personal plan for the two weeks, and generally boost your confidence in your ability to make progress during the Boot Camp. Students are expected to write for the entire duration of each session, and must show up every day of the Bootcamp. At the opening and close of each day, we will help you focus on your personal plan so that you can make visible progress in your writing. A monitor will check you in every day, keep supplies stocked, and solve technical problems. A writing consultant will also be available for one-on-one consultations if you need them.

Who sponsors Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp?

The Boot Camp is sponsored jointly by Boise State’s Graduate College and the Writing Center.

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