Register Now for Dissertation Boot Camp 2021

Dissertation Boot Camp 2021

Dedicated, focused time and support for your dissertation

When: June 7-11, 2021

Where: Virtual Event (link to be sent to students who RSVP)

How can I benefit from Boot Camp?

The Marquette University Graduate School usually offers two periods of intensive research, reflection and writing each year for doctoral students writing their dissertations.

Comments from previous doctoral students indicate that one of the biggest challenges to completing a dissertation is simply finding dedicated time, absent from distractions and interruptions, to make progress. Our Dissertation Boot Camps provide a dedicated time for students to come together and work toward the completion of their dissertations. While this particular session will not be held in person, we are hopeful that this provides some structure for participants to devote time to their dissertations.

Faculty facilitators are available throughout the week to monitor progress and offer suggestions. Each dissertator is assigned a facilitator with whom they meet.

How long is Boot Camp?

The boot camp runs from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Boot camps are typically scheduled in January just prior to the start of second semester or early June. Comments from past boot camp attendees indicate that the boot camp can cut six to twelve months off of the time necessary to complete a dissertation, and in some cases students have said that they would not have completed their dissertation if not for the boot camp.

Make connections with fellow doctoral students

An additional benefit to participating in boot camp is that of making connections with other Marquette doctoral students from various academic disciplines. Many current and prior students have indicated that writing a dissertation is often accompanied by a sense of isolation. Dissertation Boot Camp provides an opportunity to meet others, work side by side with them, and establish a sense of community. In January, students are welcomed to attend a virtual lunch session to touch base with other students informally.

Participation is limited depending on the number of faculty members that are available to serve as facilitators. Once the boot camp is announced, interested students are encouraged to sign up as early as possible. 

Note: While in the past, on-campus sessions have proven very popular, we are unsure what the demand will be for a virtual boot camp.  If there is not sufficient interest, this event could be cancelled.

Registration has closed, we hope to see you there!

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