Dissertation Boot Camp

Applications for Spring DBC are currently open until January 23rd.

2019-TGS Spring DBC

Applications for Spring DBC are currently open until January 23rd.


Sam Houston State University Dissertation Boot Camp and Writing Support Services

The Graduate School at Sam Houston State University is fully committed to supporting those students working through the dissertation portion of their education. We offer writing intensive workshops and support during a weekend long "boot camp" geared towards aiding students in need throughout their writing processes.

If you need help jumpstarting or completing your proposal, thesis or dissertation, or want to become more efficient in meeting your writing goals and deadlines, we encourage you to attend any of our writing sessions, groups, or Dissertation Boot Camp.

What is Dissertation Boot Camp?

This all-inclusive weekend program is designed to assist post comps students who are enrolled in any dissertation or proposal course at the university. Services provided throughout the event include research, writing, and statistics assistance, along with other services provided in a one-on-one environment free of charge to selected students. Dedicated writing blocks will be available each day during Boot Camp.

In an attempt to group students going through similar parts of dissertation writing, the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Boot Camps will be divided by chapters students are working on. Be on the lookout for more information in August 2018!

How are students selected to attend Dissertation Boot Camp?

In order to attend Boot Camp students must be apply to the Graduate School. Nominations are also accepted and must include the students' name, Sam ID, and email address and can be emailed to gradstudies@shsu.edu. Once the application deadline has passed, students will be selected based on need and open availability.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending Boot Camp, please contact your advisor, chair, or other SHSU Graduate faculty or staff.

When are Dissertation Boot Camp's held?

DBC's are generally held mid-semester, ranging from 2-3 days (March in Spring, October in Fall). Accommodations are available for those traveling into town on a first come, first serve basis. Selected students are expected to attend all sessions during Boot Camp.


2019 Spring Dissertation Boot Camp

When: Friday, March 1- Saturday, March 2

(9:00am-9:00pm Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday)

Where: The Woodlands Center

The Woodlands, Texas

2019 Fall Dissertation Boot Camp

When: TBA

Where: TBA

Other Writing Support Services

In addition to Boot Camp, we encourage all students working on major projects, research, capstone projects, theses, or dissertation work to attend our Thesis/ Dissertation support groups and Re-Boot Writing days at the Woodlands Center. Lunch or snacks are provided at each event and support staff is present to help with various topics. To view upcoming writing support dates, please visit the Events Calendar page under Events & Workshops.