Graduate Students: Dissertation Boot Camp--Fall and Spring Break

What is It?

Dissertation Writing Boot Camps:

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the J. Willard Marriott Library

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 Monday to Thursday 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.


Meet at 8:30 am in the Marriott Library for food, pep-talks and community. Writers will then move to various spaces in the Marriott Library to work. 

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!)

 To register, click here:




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Marie Paiva
Graduate and Undergraduate Services

Marriott Library

295 East 1500 South

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860

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