Dissertation Boot Camp

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What is Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC)?

This intensive one-week (Monday to Friday, 8:45am-4:00pm) program is designed to help graduate students accomplish their thesis writing goals and accelerate their time to completion. DBC is offered once every semester and accommodates 28-40 students per program.

DBC offers graduate students focused and supported individual time to write, as well as lessons on writing issues and access to one-on-one support with writing experts.


When Will the Next DBC be Offered?

Monday, December 17th, 2018 - Friday, December 21st, 2018

*Please note: participants are expected to attend all 5 days of the program.


What can you Expect as a Participant?

  • Learn and practice good writing habits during morning and afternoon individual writing sessions
  • Consult with our writing staff during individual check-in appointments to address any specific writing concerns and/or help create a personal writing plan
  • Meet with staff from the Data Resource Centre, Learning Services, and Research & Scholarship to access support for data management, time management, and publishing
  • Participate in mandatory and optional writing workshops hosted over the course of the week (Mindful Ways of Writing; Thesis Structures and Thesis Mapping; Time Management and Goal Setting;  Grammar and Style; Writing the Literature Review; Electronic Theses and Dissertations Submissions; and Author Rights)
  • Engage with fellow students to share experiences and survival strategies

How are Participants Selected?

This program accepts applications from graduate students who:

  • Have finished their coursework
  • Have had their Thesis Proposal accepted (if this is their department's requirement)
  • Need focused time and space for writing
  • Have already started writing their MA thesis or PhD dissertation

Preference is given to PhD Candidates and to students at the Master's level who are enrolled in a thesis-based program. Preference is also given to participants who have participated in the BrainFood: Thesis and Dissertation Workshops and who have not attended a previous Dissertation Boot Camp.


How do I Apply?

What do Participants Say about DBC? 

Check out this short video on the University of Guelph's Dissertation Boot Camp (DBC) program. 

Questions? Ask Us!