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Dissertation Boot Camp

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Dissertation Boot Camp

November 7-9, 2014
Murray Graduate Student Center
292 Hammond Street

Here's what's required of you:

  1. Dissertation Boot Camp is a writing workshop. You will spend the vast majority of the time writing, so please come prepared on drafting or revising part(s) of your dissertation.
  2. Once your registration has been accepted, please clear your calendar for all the meeting dates and times. Participants are expected to commit to attending the entire workshop. You will not be excused to teach, attend classes, or attend other meetings or appointments. Please make arrangements for transportation, childcare, etc. so that you can be fully committed to the entire workshop.
  3. Please bring a laptop, mug (coffee/tea available) and/or a water bottle if you'd like. MP3 players / iPods, etc. are recommended if they help you concentrate and focus, however they should not be a distraction to other Boot Campers.
  4. To sign up, please fill out this form by the posted deadline of Friday, October 24, 2014.
    We are only accepting ten people for the three-day workshop.
  5. You will recieve an email confirming your status of acceptance for Dissertation Boot Camp. You will be required to submit a $50 "motivational deposit check, made payable to Boston College. The check will be returned to you upon your successful completion of the entire workshop. Please not that your deposit check will only be cashed if you fail to fulfill your commitment for the Dissertation Boot Camp.
  6. Your registration will not be considered complete until we have recieved your deposit.

Previous Dissertation Boot Campers:

A student cannot participate in more than one Dissertation Boot Camp workshop during their time as a BC doctoral student. If you participated in a Boot Camp in the past, you will not be permitted to participate again unless there are spots available. The reason for this is two-fold:

  • Each three-day Dissertation Boot Camp is limited to a maximum of ten students, and we are trying to accomodate as many students as possible
  • We intend for Dissertation Boot Camp to be a model you continue to utilize on your own. It is our hope that participants will form small, self-motivated dissertation writing groups, utilize the Conors Family Learning Center as a resource, and stick to an individualized writing schedule with the momentum gained from Boot Camp.

If  you have questions or would like more information, please contact Darrell Peterson at


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.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean, GSAS