Dissertation Writing Boot Camps

Sponsored By The Graduate School And The J. Willard Marriott Library

Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 14, 2014 (Spring Break)


Dissertation Boot Camp: What is it?

The Dissertation Boot Camp is a free program sponsored by the Graduate

School and the Marriott Library that gives you a chance to make some serious progress on your dissertation during fall and spring breaks. You must commit to showing up ready to write, every weekday during breaks from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (You may, of course, stay later. The library closes at 6 pm during breaks.)

We provide quiet, comfortable writing spaces and provide you with a nourishing breakfast each day. The library offers workshops that will help you prepare you as you research your dissertation, and will also provide referrals to subject matter experts if you require additional research help.

Where: Meet at 8:30 am in room 1170 of the Marriott Library for food, pep-talks and community. Writers will then move to various spaces in the Marriott Library to work. Some workshops (attendance optional) will be offered in the afternoons; others (conducting a literature review, Word for Scholars) will be offered before and after the Boot Camp.

 Why Attend?

The Dissertation Boot Camps aim to help students learn to write more productively by providing students with the following four critical ingredients: 1) space with minimal distractions, 2) writing regiment /routine, 3) peer motivation and support, 4) subject-matter expert help.

If I Attended Before, May I Register Again?

Yes, please attend again. (At least one student successfully defended and obtained a tenure-track job after her third Boot Camp!)

 If I’m a Masters Student, may I attend?

For financial and space reasons, these are restricted to PhD students at any phase of the writing. Registration: To register, send an email to by October 8th 2013 for Fall and March 2, 2014 for Spring to: mlib-education@lists.utah.edu.

The email should include answers to the following:

  1. What is your discipline and topic?
  2. Where are you in the data collection and writing process?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish during the Boot Camp?
  4. What might the library do to facilitate your success?