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.
What Happens at Boot Camp?
Each day includes:
- Several blocks of writing time
- Motivational welcome speech
- Scheduled breaks and wellness activity
- Coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch, and light snacks
- A lunch conversation with fellow campers
- Space to continue writing after 3:00 P.M.
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.
- Apply for our upcoming Boot Camp sessions:
Can’t Get Enough of Boot Camp?
Join Our Weekly Dissertation Writing Group (WDWG)
The WDWG is a writing group for students working on their thesis or dissertation. It is meant to provide a quiet, uninterrupted space for graduate students to write, and commune with others going through the same process. The group meets every Friday from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. This is an informal group; graduate students are encouraged to come and go as time permits. The goal is simply to write! If you would like to be added to the WDWG email list, please send a request to GradWriting@unt.edu.
Date: Every Friday
Location: Willis Library 140