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Graduate Student Thesis & Dissertation and Senior Thesis Camp

About the Graduate Student Camp

The Hesburgh Libraries proudly offers a research and writing program co-sponsored with the University Writing Center and the Graduate School. The purpose of the camp is to help scholars focus on their own research and writing as they work toward completion of their dissertation or thesis. Please read below for more information and how to register for the workshops being planned.

The Graduate Dissertation Camp is designed to assist graduate students at all stages of their research and writing toward their degree or completion of a large scale writing project. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • jumpstart or move forward in their research and writing process
  • work in dedicated spaces in the Hesburgh Library
  • consult with their subject librarians
  • consult with University Writing Center tutors about their work
  • engage with colleagues in their own and other graduate divisions to learn best practices from peers
  • form communities of practice to engage in the camp process after its conclusion

Camp Schedule

Times Activities
  • Daily check-in and arrival
  • Breakfast
  • Early morning community building and conversation
  • Meet your Subject Librarian
  • Convene for goal setting.
  • Participate in goal setting activity and discussion
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    • Tuesday: Abby
    • Wednesday: Abby
    • Thursday: Abby
    • Friday: Abby
  • Morning research and writing session
  • Lunch service
  • Community building
  • Break
  • Half hour topical workshops encouraged: Some sessions last longer. Schedule available in this Google Doc:
  • Fresh air break - Take some time to go outside and get naturally refreshed for the afternoon
  • Early afternoon research and writing time
  • Writing Center consultations offered: Sign up in this shared Google Doc: NOTE: Do not overwrite another student's booking.
  • Come up for air afternoon break
  • You will fight wanting to stop, but take time to get a snack and take a walk
  • Your final push in research and writing
  • Daily wrap-up: Second Floor Reading Room. Be in the room and ready to go by 4:30.
    • Monday: Abby
    • Tuesday: Abby
    • Wednesday: Abby
    • Thursday: Abby
    • Friday: Abby
  • Gather to discuss your work for the day in community