Graduate Thesis Boot Camp

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library, College of Engineering, the Graduate College, & Hanson Center for Technical Communication Presents:

This full 2-Day Workshop Features:

  • Dedicated Writing Time
  • Optional Workshops on editing, formatting, creating citations, working with advisers and a few others.
  • One-on-one support from Engineering Library, Hanson Center for Technical Communication, and Graduate College.
  • Food & Coffee for Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Breaks on both days.

Thesis Boot Camp: What is it?

Thesis Boot Camp is a multi-day workshop which provides current engineering graduate students with the opportunity to spend two days dedicated to making serious progress on their dissertation or master’s thesis. 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.

Registration and cost

Thesis Boot Camp is FREE and will be limited to 30 registrants, on a first come-first served basis. Registration closes on Monday, May 8th at 11:59 PM.

Please plan on staying for the entire two days from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Who should attend?

Thesis Boot Camp targets current engineering graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis / dissertation.  Participants will benefit from the structured time, space, professional advising and peer support of the program.

Services and supports during the Boot Camp

Writing facilitators, liaison librarians, and members from the graduate college will be on hand to provide assistance at the point of need.

Location & When

Student Commons & Lichtenberger Engineering Library within the Seamans Center.  (2001 SC)

This will take place on May 22 – 23, 2017

Draft Schedule

May 22nd
Time Event Speaker
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome & Opening Activity Kari Kozak
9:30 am – 10:30 am Thesis Formatting & Submission [Optional] Erin Kaufman
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Dedicated Writing Time
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Catered Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Successful Writing Habits [Optional] Sarah Livesay
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Dedicated Writing Time
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break [Optional]
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up Kari Kozak
May 23rd
Time Event Speaker
8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Activity Kari Kozak
9:15 am – 9:45 am Up and Running with Endnote[Optional] Marina Zhang
9:15 am – 12:00 pm Dedicated Writing Time
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Catered Lunch                                                                                     Working with Advisors [Optional] Jennifer Teitle
1:45 pm  – 2:15 pm Introduction to Research Data Management [Optional] Marina Zhang
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Dedicated Writing Time
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break [Optional]
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up Kari Kozak

*This schedule is subject to change.*


Please contact Kari Kozak at with questions regarding the Thesis Boot Camp.