Dissertation Writing Boot Camps

Dissertation Boot Camp: What is it?

The Dissertation Boot Camp is a free program sponsored by the Graduate School and the Marriott Library that gives you a chance to make some serious progress on your dissertation during fall and spring breaks. You must commit to showing up ready to write, every weekday during breaks from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (You may, of course, stay later. The library closes at 6 pm during breaks.)

We provide quiet, comfortable writing spaces and provide you with a nourishing breakfast each day. The library offers workshops that will help you prepare you as you research your dissertation, and will also provide referrals to subject matter experts if you require additional research help.

Where: Meet at 8:30 am in room in the Marriott Library Gould Auditorium for food, pep-talks and community. Writers will then move to various spaces in the Marriott Library to work. Some workshops (attendance optional) will be offered in the afternoons.

Why Attend?

The Dissertation Boot Camps aim to help students learn to write more productively by providing students with the following four critical ingredients: 1) space with minimal distractions, 2) writing regiment / routine, 3) peer motivation and support, 4) subject-matter expert help.


Workshop Schedule for the Week

Several Workshops will be offered during the Fall break Boot Camp Week:

The Thesis Office: What We Can Do For You.
10/12/15 Monday – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – The Gould Auditorium

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting in Word 2013 (PC)
12/12/15 Monday – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Room 1009

Thesis & Dissertation Formatting in Word 2011 (Mac)
10/13/15 Tuesday – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Room 1008


If I Attended Before, May I Register Again?

Yes, please attend again. (Several students have successfully defended and obtained meaningful professional employment after attending one or another boot camps.)


To register, send an email to by Friday, October 9th for Fall and Friday, March 18th for Spring.


The email should include answers to the following:

  1. What is your discipline and topic?
  2. Where are you in the data collection and writing process?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish during the Boot Camp?
  4. What might the library do to facilitate your success?