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, 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 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. Registration closes on Friday, December 7th 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 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

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

This will take place on December 17 & 18, 2018

Draft Schedule

December 17th
Time Event Workshops Speaker Location
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast  SC
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome & Opening Activity Kari Kozak SC
9:30 am – 10:30 am Dedicated Writing Time Successful Writing Habits [Optional] Sarah Livesay CS
10:30 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
1:45 pm  – 2:15 pm Saving Time (& Citations) with Endnote [Optional] Marina Zhang CS
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break [Optional]
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up Kari Kozak SC
December 18th
Time Event Speaker Location
8:30 am – 9:45 am Continental Breakfast SC
8:45 am – 9:00 am Opening Activity Kari Kozak SC
9:00 am – 9:30 am Dedicated Writing Time Keeping Up to Date: Searching While You’re Sleeping [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
9:45 am – 10:15 am Lions and Tigers and Predatory Publishers, Oh My! [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
10:15 am – 12:00 pm SC
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm  – 1:30 pm Dedicated Writing Time Introduction to Systematic Reviews [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.