Dissertation Boot Camps

What is it?

Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp is a free virtual program that offers a supportive environment to post-comps TWU graduate students who are ready to make serious progress in the dissertation/thesis process (i.e. proposal/prospectus development, data collection, data analysis, results and conclusion). It provides students the opportunity to participate in an interruption-free and stress-free space that includes intensive group and one-on-one writing support, workshops, research design consultations, and dedicated writing time.

We hope that by creating a supportive community of writers committed to the same goal, completing the dissertation or thesis on schedule, students gain a model that can be used beyond boot camp to more easily and more successfully navigate the dissertation process.

When is it?

Dissertation Boot Camp will be offered April 12, 2024. Boot Camp is a virtual program which will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m and students must participate the entire day.

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Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
9:00 am–9:30 am Welcome
9:30 am–noon Uninterrupted writing time; student can sign up for afternoon
noon–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm–1:30 pm After lunch group check-in
1:30 pm–4:00 pm Uninterrupted writing time; Consultations
4:00 pm–4:30 pm Wrap-up group chat


NOTE: This schedule may change; if changes are made participants will be notified by TWU email.

The application process

  • Applications will open September 1 (Fall) and March 1 (Spring). An email announcement will be sent to all TWU currently enrolled graduate students. The announcement will contain an application link.
  • Completing an application does not guarantee a seat.
  • Space is limited.
  • Preference is given to participants who have not attended a previous Boot Camp.
  • If we are unable to accept you, we can place you on a waiting list and will notify you of any spaces that become available by the week before camp.
  • If selected, confirmation of attendance is required within one week of notification. If you are accepted and cannot attend, let us know immediately.
  • It is strongly recommended that you will complete the Pre-Boot Camp Survey to help us better serve you.

What you can expect

  • Attend a 100% virtual boot camp from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Individual consultation opportunities with campus resources such as Librarians, Center for Research Design and Analysis, Academic Coaches, and The Write Site
  • Full access to the Dissertation Resource Hub during the duration as a student at TWU
  • The opportunity to meet other students working on their dissertation or thesis and discuss your writing with them
  • The opportunity to make connections for developing writing and support groups outside of the boot camp

What we expect

  • Participants must be in the active drafting phase i.e. actively writing a prospectus, thesis, or dissertation
  • Participants must commit to attendance the entire day of boot camp, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Participants must set writing goals at the beginning of the boot camp, and actively work towards achieving them during camp


Jessica L Adame, PhD

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