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Seventh Annual Dissertation Boot Camp

The Graduate School Announces
The Seventh Annual Dissertation Boot Camp
May 12-16, 2014

Need some assistance in scheduling time for your writing? Need a little “kick” to get you going? Think about participating in the Graduate School’s Boot Camp– a week-long, all-day program designed to support you in completing your dissertation, run by Dr. Dina Berger, Associate Professor in the History department and Dr. Jessica Horowitz, Associate Dean for Student Services in the Graduate School. The workshop will run from 9:00 am– 5:00 pm, Monday May 12th – Friday May 16th on the Lake Shore campus in the Information Commons. Lunch is included for all five days. Laptops are required.

You must be able to commit to the entire week, all-day with absolutely no excuses. Although there is no cost to participate in the workshop, we require a $75 down-payment which will be refunded at the successful completion of the week.

If interested, you must send to Dr. Jessica Horowitz at jhorow@luc.edu no later than April 21st:

  1. One-two paragraphs on your dissertation research (abstract would be fine)
  2. Where you are currently in your program (time-line of projected completion would be helpful) and in your dissertation process; please include information about committee formation and proposal defense – if you are at that point.  You must have completed your comprehensive exam(s) to participate.
  3. Advisor’s letter of support


  • Participants in this workshop will get a taste of completion while working in a group environment that is meant to be both motivating and supportive.
  • Participants will take away the work habit of designating specific time in a day to writing.
  • Participants will engage in a schedule and in a writing method that, if practiced well after the workshop, will result in a completed doctorate.
  • Participants will come to the workshop prepared to put fingers to keyboards in order to reach a specific goal: complete the dissertation proposal (in draft or final form) or complete a dissertation chapter (in draft or final form).

This Workshop is open to all doctoral students from every discipline.

If this workshop fills, we will offer a second one in early June

We allow students to participate twice in our boot camp so apply again if you would like to join us.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jessica Horowitz at jhorow@luc.edu

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