Presented by the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, College of Engineering, the Graduate College, & University Writing Center

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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 9:00 am – 4:30 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

Seamans Center Student Commons & Lichtenberger Engineering Library

January 12 & 13, 2022

Schedule

Day 1 – January 12, 2022

Time Event Workshops Speaker Location
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast SC
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome & Opening Activity SC
9:30 am – 10:15 am Dedicated Writing Time Successful Writing Habits [Optional] Deirdre Egan CS
10:15 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Catered Lunch SC
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Dedicated Writing Time Thesis Submission & Word Formatting [Optional] Erin Kaufman CS
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Saving Time (& Citations) with EndNote [Optional] Marina Zhang CS
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Break & Snacks [Optional] SC
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Finding the Good Stuff Fast: Intro to Engineering Library Services & Resources [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Wrap Up SC

Day 2 – January 13, 2022

Time Event Workshops Speaker Location
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast SC
9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Activity SC
9:30 am – 10:15 am Dedicated Writing Time Comprehensive Literature Reviews [Optional] Marina Zhang CS
10:15 am – 10:45 am Keeping Up to Date: Searching While You’re Sleeping [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Catered Lunch SC
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Dedicated Writing Time Demystifying Scholarly Metrics [Optional] Marina Zhang CS
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Lions and Tigers and Predatory Publishers, Oh My! [Optional] Kari Kozak CS
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Break & Snacks [Optional] SC
2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Wrap Up SC

SC – Student Commons
CS – Creative Space (Room 2001C)

*This schedule is subject to change.*

Questions

Please contact Kari Kozak at kari-kozak@uiowa.edu with questions regarding the Thesis Boot Camp.