Boot Camps

Dissertation Boot Camp

  • What is Dissertation Boot Camp?

    Dissertation Boot Camp is a free-of-charge, all-inclusive weekend program designed to assist doctoral scholars enrolled in any proposal or dissertation course. Services include research, writing, and statistical assistance, along with opportunities to receive individualized guidance. Camp cohort sizes are strategically limited to give campers intentional and focused experiences. 

    Dissertation Boot Camp is an accountability and support program only. Attendees are expected to have basic knowledge about research, writing, and statistics processes. Please consult with your dissertation chair and/or committee before applying to camp. 

  • When are camps held?

    Camps occur near the middle of the fall and spring semesters. Selected students are expected to attend all camp sessions on both days. 

  • How are students selected to attend Dissertation Boot Camp?

    Students must be currently enrolled in a SHSU doctoral program and complete an application. Faculty members are also encouraged to nominate students. Nominations must include students’ names, Sam IDs, and email addresses, and should be emailed to the Graduate School’s academic support coach at Camp seats are limited and awarded based on need and availability. 

    If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, please contact your advisor, chair, or another SHSU graduate faculty or staff member. 

  • Camp sessions

    Camp curricula are designed based on the specific and collective needs of selected campers. Each camp’s schedule of events is vastly different from that of the nextSome topics are delivered as whole-group, general sessions, while others are conducted as one-to-one consultations.  

    Below are themes addressed in former camps:

    Accountability & Time Management 
    Dissertation Committee Relations 
    Dissertation Mapping 
    Formatting and Style Review 
    Institutional Review Board (IRB) 
    Library Resources 
    Literature Reviews 
    Proposal Preparation & Defense 
    Reading, Writing, & Editing Strategies 
    Statistical Programs & Data 

  • Upcoming camps and applications

    Application Coming Soon

    Fall 2022 
    Date: TBD
    Time: All Day 
    Location: TBD

    Spring 2023
    Date: TBD 
    Time: All Day 
    Location: TBD 

Thesis Boot Camp

  • What is Thesis Boot Camp?

    Thesis Boot Camp is a comprehensive event designed to facilitate master’s students’ research and writing progress. Thesis Boot Camp is currently held over 1.5 days and supports scholars in all programs, departments, and academic colleges. Direct services include research, writing, and statistical assistance, along with opportunities to receive individualized guidance. Camp is available to those completing traditional and non-traditional theses, capstones, portfolios, and internships. 

  • How are students selected to attend Thesis Boot Camp?

    To attend camp, students must use the registration link provided by The Graduate School. After registration, selected campers will be notified via email. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please do not wait to register. 

  • Important information
    1. Camp will be hosted via Zoom.
    2. Campers must be able to ensure they have reliable internet access.
    3. Campers must be able to commit to BOTH camp days.
  • Upcoming camps and registrations

    Register here

    Summer 2022 
    Date: Tuesday, June 21
    Time: 8:00am-5:30pm CT
    Location: Zoom

    Date: Wednesday, June 22
    Time: 8:00am-12:30pm CT
    Location: Zoom

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