Writing a thesis can be hard work! The Engineering Library & Hanson Center for Communication are here to help. Join our Engineering Summer Thesis Camp which will bring together a community of graduate students to write, eat, and learn together. We will provide some structure, inspiration, and support to help you excel in your thesis writing throughout the summer. This 7 week program will run June 4th through July 25th.  Each Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm.   

Registration and Cost 

Engineering Thesis Summer Camp is FREE! We do ask that participants register so we can plan food and activities. Sign up here to let us know you are interested.

Sign up through the Engineering Thesis Summer Camp Interest form to be on an email list to receive weekly updates throughout the summer about programing. We are not requiring registration for every session; it’s come as you are able and to give us a sense of how much food to order.  



Engineering Thesis Summer Camp is made for current engineering and computer science graduate students (MS and PhD) in any stage of writing their thesis or dissertation. 



Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in person programming from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Tuesday programming will have a lunch and learn from 12 – 1 with topics ranging from building healthy writing habits, creating citations, and so much more. See more below. 

Attendees to Thursday programming will have access to 15-minute individual coaching meetings with HCC staff. There will be writing tutors available all week.   


Where and When 

Engineering Thesis Summer Camp will run for 7 weeks, start June 4th and end July 25th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

There will be no programming the week of July 4th 

We understand that people have plans over the summer. If you are registered, please attend programming when you are in town. 

We will meet in the Hanson Center for Communication, 4650 Seamans Center 


Example Weekly Schedule 

Tuesday  10:00 Group Discussion/Goals for the Week
10:30 Write
11:45 Break
12:00-1:00 Lunch & Learn Workshop  
Wednesday  10:00 Write
11:30 Snack Break
11:45 Write 
Thursday  10:00 Write
11:30 Snack Break
11:45 Write
15-minute Individual Coaching Meeting staggered throughout the day 


Tuesday Lunch & Learn Workshops Schedule:

Tuesday programming will have a lunch and learn from 12 – 1 with topics ranging from building healthy writing habits, creating citations, and so much more. The Tuesday workshops are open to anyone and not just those attending the writing sessions.  

Week 1 – June 4th – Writing Workshop (Narrative structure, Clarity, Cohesion)  

In this workshop, our team will work with you to weave the threads of your research into a clear and cohesive narrative. Presented by Danielle Land, Hanson Center for Communication 

Week 2 –  June 11th  – – Managing Anxiety/Stress/Procrastination  

This workshop is designed to help students learn to better manage their anxiety, stress, and procrastination by utilizing a variety of tools and strategies that they can implement in their daily lives. Presented by Heidi Schmitt, University Counseling Service. 

Week 4 – June 18th – Endnote & Creating Citations  

An introduction to the desktop version of EndNote will be covered in this workshop. The software is freely available to Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff. EndNote is a citation management tool that assists with importing, organizing, sharing, and managing citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style — in seconds. Presented by Marina Zhang, Lichtenberger Engineering Library 

Week 4 – June 25th – Guidelines4GoodGraphs  

Learn the best practices for designing figures for research articles and presentations, and then you will receive feedback on your figures in a low-stakes peer environment.    Presented by Danielle Land, Hanson Center for Communication 

Off Week – July 2nd 

Week 5 – July 9th – Imposter Phenomena – Scanlan Center for School Mental Health – Barry Schreier  

We all engage in “Impostering” or believing we are not good, not deserving enough, or not producing enough in our lives at the university. This workshop assists you with learning: the definitions of Imposter Syndrome, what steps you can take to partially undo Imposter Syndrome, and the systems that contribute to creating Imposter Syndrome. You are never alone! There are partners to support you in finding campus mental health and well-being resources. Presented by: Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D., H.S.P., Director of the Higher Education Program, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health 

Week 6 – July 16th – Strategies for Focus and Time Management 

Join this workshop on time management, where you’ll learn practical strategies to take control of your time and boost your productivity. Presented by Kathleen Shaughnessy, Hanson Center for Communication 

Week  7 – July 23rd – Behind the Scenes: IEEE Publisher 

Identifying where to publish your research can be a daunting task. Should you write a conference paper, a journal article or both? What happens after you paper is submitted? What is peer review, an ORCID ID, a predatory journal and other publication jargon? In this session, IEEE Client Services Manager Brian Ryckman, will provide insights into publishing with IEEE, including: tips for selecting an appropriate periodical or conference to submit your manuscript, how successful authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted, insights into what editors look for in a submission and why editors and reviewers reject papers, strategies for increasing the visibility of your research, and tools & resources to help authors through the publishing process at IEEE, including the IEEE Author Center and IEEE Xplore Presented by Brian Ryckman, IEEE Publishing Society 


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kari Kozak in advance at