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Dissertation Boot Camp

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What is Dissertation Boot Camp?

The Dissertation Boot Camp is a series of different workshops that will help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process and towards its completion. 

 Every semester we offer a 3 day Dissertation Boot Camp for doctoral students. The Boot Camp is 3 days of intense, focused writing time, the camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. The next 3 day Dissertation Boot Camp will be early March. We will begin the application process in January 2014. 

If students can't attend the 3 day Dissertation Boot Camp we offer Mini-Dissertation Boot Camp workshops that are one time workshops to help you with a particular area of your dissertation. Be aware that these workshops are not a step-by-step introduction to dissertation writing,a class, or in place of advice about your particular academic discipline.

3-Day Dissertation Boot Camp:

March 3-5 

3 Day Dissertation Boot Camp, Murray House  

The Dissertation Boot Camp is a multi-day workshop which provides graduate students with the opportunity to spend two days dedicated to making serious progress on their dissertation. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, writing and research support, and snacks and lunches, the workshop offers students community and motivation in that final push towards the completion of their dissertation or thesis. We have limited to space for 10 doctoral students. First come, First Serve! Deadline to apply is Friday, February 7, 2014 Register here.

Mini-Dissertation Boot Camps Workshops:

We currently don't have any mini-dissertation boot camp scheduled for the spring semester.

Additional Doctoral Events:

Doctoral Student Support Group

BC doctoral students from all programs across the university are invited to have lunch and to talk about the stresses and strains of life as a doctoral student. Doctoral students will work with a facilitator to formulate issues, discuss concerns, and explore ways to address the challenges of being a doctoral student.  Possible topics are such things as marriage and relationships, time management, and student-advisor dynamics.

The doctoral support group will meet for six sessions in the spring semester on Thursdays in Gasson 102 from 12:15-1:15.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean, GSAS hetzner@bc.edu.  The dates are as follows:

September 19, October 3, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5