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Dissertation Boot Camp gives momentum to grad students

 
2012-05-18

A collaborative pilot project between the School of Graduate Studies and the Writing Centre hopes to give graduate students the momentum they need to complete their thesis work.

Dissertation Boot Camp is a one-week program for graduate students that will take place at Stauffer Library. The new program aims at providing resources that will accelerate the writing process for students who hope to complete their thesis in the near future.

“Thesis writing can often be a solitary experience,” says Sandra den Otter, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies. “It’s really more of a dissertation retreat than a boot camp. We want to help students overcome the inertia, writer’s block, or procrastination that can plague dissertation-writing and to make grad students aware of the support opportunities available to them.” 

The Writing Centre will offer very short spotlight talks on related topics and one-on-one assistance when necessary. The program is based on programs offered at Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Queen’s is one of only a handful of universities in Canada that currently offers the boot camp experience.

Although one of the main goals is to provide a structured working schedule for the week, organizers want to ensure that participants have a comfortable environment for uncluttered thinking and writing. 

Spaces are limited and filling quickly. Interested students are encouraged to register by contacting Colette Steer at the School of Graduate Studies at grad.recruitment@queensu.ca

A Thesis Writing Support Group will also run every Wednesday beginning on May 23 until the end of June. Contact Maureen Garvie at the Writing Centre.

Dissertation Boot Camp

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