Friday, April 17, 2015

Dissertation Boot Camp

Attention dissertation writers!

Planning to work on your dissertation over the summer but having trouble scheduling the time to do so? Look no farther than the NIU Writing Center’s Dissertation Boot Camp.

Dissertate in Eight!

This is a free eight-week camp structured to support graduate students working on some aspect of their dissertation.

The camp will meet every Wednesday afternoon of the 2015 summer session (June 15, 2015 – August 7, 2015) from 1pm to 4:30pm in the Writing Center Classroom, located in Stevenson Tower B. Computers are provided, or feel free to work on your laptop.

Each session will include about an hour and a half of information related to the dissertation process including: tips on how to organize your time in a realistic fashion, discussing what a dissertation looks like, talking about components common to all dissertations across all fields of study, how to collect and organize qualitative and quantitative research, and how to synthesize this data into the dissertation while still maintaining an original voice. Boot camp attendees also will receive advice on how to pick a committee, how to negotiate work strategies with the committee, and how to work with the committee.

Recent PhD alumni have been asked to speak at the boot camp. They will share their perspective on the dissertation experience and be able to walk everyone through the process. Also, Carolyn Law, head of the Thesis and Dissertation office, will be in attendance in order to explain the reading process.

Students are free to attend information sessions that are most applicable to them.

Ultimately, the boot camp is time set aside for students who need peace and quiet in order to write.

Registration for the camp has already started and will close June 1. 

But don't worry. There still is room available.

Additional information about the Dissertation Boot Camp can be found at the following link:

Dissertate in Eight! 

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