Eagle Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp

Next Session: September 26th to 28th

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What is Boot Camp?

The Eagle Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to provide a supportive environment for intense, focused writing time, as well as structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. It is an interruption-free, stress-free, no-excuses-just-do-it writing time for Master's and Ph.D. students.

We intend for Boot Camp to be a model that you can continue on your own. It is our hope that participants will form small self-motivated work groups, utilize the resources available on campus, and stick to an individualized writing schedule with the momentum gained from Boot Camp.

Am I Eligible?

Sound interesting? Here's what's required of you:

  • An approved thesis or dissertation proposal. This is a writing boot camp. You will spend the time writing--not analyzing data or researching. Come prepared to start drafting or revising part of your dissertation.
  • Permission from your thesis or dissertation advisor. As part of the application process, we must receive an e-mail from your advisor or the chair of your committee certifying that you are in the writing or revising stage of your project. Once we have the confirmation, we can evaluate you for acceptance and invite your advisor to lunch on the third day of camp.
  • A clear calendar. Participants need to commit to attending the entire workshop. You will not be excused to teach or attend class. Arrange transportation and childcare so that you are free to attend each day.

If you are accepted and cannot attend, please let us know immediately. It is unacceptable to "no-show" at boot camp. Your advisor will be notified and you will not be allowed to attend the following boot camp.

What Happens at Boot Camp?

Each day includes:

  • Several blocks of writing time
  • Scheduled, limited time for web browsing
  • Tip sheets
  • A lunch conversation with fellow campers
  • Space to continue writing in the afternoon

What are others saying about Boot Camp?

"Before the camp, I was just going to quit because I was so overloaded, but now I should actually graduate in May."

"I got more done in the camp than during the entire semester. I wrote about 35 pages."

"This was a good time for me to do this and gave me motivation. I got more done in the last 3 days than the last 3 months. At work it is very noisy. At home it is hard to work because of my son. I am going to go to the Library to work from now on and I also realize that I need to give myself breaks so that I do not get overwhelmed."