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Dissertation boot camps

Workshops provide writing time, motivation and support


3:04 p.m., April 24, 2012--The University of Delaware Office of Graduate and Professional Education and the Writing Program are again joining forces to offer dissertation boot camps to UD doctoral students this summer.

These intensive, two-week workshops are designed to aid doctoral students who are writing their dissertation or who have found their writing progress stalled. Previous participants in a dissertation boot camp at UD also are welcome to apply.

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Boot camps will be offered June 4-15 and July 30-Aug. 10. Students accepted to the program will commit to attending a writing session from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for two consecutive weeks. Participants will spend the majority of their time writing; however, the workshop also will include brief discussions on topics of common interest to dissertation students, such as motivation, goal setting, time management, and the writing habits of successful and prolific academic writers. 

Writing Program faculty will provide time, space and professional tutorial support to help students progress on their projects. Lunch also will be provided.

Applicants will be chosen based upon time to degree completion, the importance of the workshop at this stage of the project, and broad disciplinary representation.

To apply to the program, contact Michael McCamley, assistant professor of English, who will provide application materials. As part of the application, participants will write a brief proposal (no more than 300 words) explaining what they will accomplish during the workshop; they also need to indicate which boot camp session is their first and second choice. In addition, faculty advisers must nominate their students for this workshop — a brief e-mail will suffice.¬†

Applications are due to McCamley by May 11.

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