Graduate Thesis Boot Camp

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library, College of Engineering, the Graduate College, & University Writing Center Presents:

This full 2-Day Workshop Features:

  • Dedicated Writing Time
  • Optional Workshops on editing, formatting, creating citations, and a few others.
  • One-on-one support from Engineering Library, Writing Center, and Graduate College.

Thesis Boot Camp: What is it?

Thesis Boot Camp is a multi-day workshop which provides current engineering and computer science 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.

Please plan on staying for two days from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Who should attend?

Thesis Boot Camp targets current engineering and computer science 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

Virtual (Over Zoom with Breakout Rooms)

This will take place on January 20-21, 2021

How will a virtual Boot Camp work?

We will have a zoom link open all day that you can leave running in the background.  If you need help, you can let us know who you want to speak with from the Libraries, Writing Center, or Graduate College.  You will then go into breakout rooms so you can have one-on-one discussions and be able to share your screen.

Throughout the two days, we will also be hosting a variety of relevant workshops. You will say when you want to go into a workshop and those will be held in a specific breakout room off the Main Zoom Room.

Draft Schedule

Currently being Redesigned.  This is the schedule from last year as a guide.

January 16
Time Event Workshops Speaker Location
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast  SC
8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome & Opening Activity Kari Kozak SC
9:00 am – 10:00 am Dedicated Writing Time Successful Writing Habits [Optional] Sarah Livesay CS
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Catered Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Dedicated Writing Time Thesis Submission & Word Formatting [Optional] Erin Kaufman CS
1:40 pm  – 2:10 pm Keeping Up to Date: Searching While You’re Sleeping [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up Kari Kozak SC
January 17
Time Event Speaker Location
8:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast SC
8:30 am – 9:00 am Opening Activity Kari Kozak SC
9:00 am – 10:00 am Dedicated Writing Time Demystifying Scholarly Metrics [Optional] Marina Zhang CS
10:10 am – 10:40 am Lions and Tigers and Predatory Publishers, Oh My! [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
10:40 am – 12:00 pm SC
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm  – 2:00 pm Dedicated Writing Time Saving Time (& Citations) with Endnote [Optional] Marina Zhang CS
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break [Optional] SC
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up Marina Zhang SC


*This schedule is subject to change.*


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