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Graduate Student Thesis & Dissertation and Senior Thesis Camp

Daily Camp Schedule

Spring 2023 Dissertation & Thesis camp will be held Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17 in rooms 231ABC of Hesburgh Library.

The application window for spring 2023 camp attendance will open at the end of January. Please watch for announcements via The Stream or check out the library Events page for more information. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Monica Moore at

For more information about camp, including the daily menu, please see the the Preparation page.


Spring 2023 Camp Schedule
8:45-9:00 a.m.

Daily check-in and arrival. Help yourself to coffee, tea etc., and a breakfast snack.

Early morning community building and conversation

Meet your subject librarian (Monday only). Some of our subject and services librarians will join us so you can meet and discuss any research needs you have

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Convene for daily goal setting

Participate in daily goal setting activity and discussion

*Monday: Expect this session to last until 9:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Morning research and writing session 231ABC
12:15-1:00 p.m.

Lunch service, provided outside of 231ABC at the tall tables.

Community building/Break


2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Early afternoon research and writing time 231ABC
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Come up for air afternoon break! Snacks provided in 231ABC.

Take your snack and a buddy and go for a walk, get outside, change your scenery.

TIP: Use this time to pre-assess how you have worked toward your day's goals.

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Your final push in research and writing. 231ABC
4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Daily wrap-up, room 231ABC. Be in the room and ready to go by 4:30 p.m.

Gather to discuss your work for the day in our community. Don't shirk this activity, as it helps you help others, and understand yourself better as a researcher and writer.


Optional Camp Activities


March 13
1:15-2 p.m

Keeping a Dissertation Log: Manage Your Large Writing Project So It Doesn't Manage You!

Led by University Writing Staff.

Learning Outcome(s): We will discuss strategies for keeping track of daily dissertation activities and outcomes. By using a dissertation log, you will gain awareness of habits and trends in your progress that either contribute to or detract from your dissertation success. With the dissertation log, you can incorporate both daily goal setting and reflective practices that enhance your writing efficiency and assist in your overall well-being.

March 14
1:15-2 p.m

Zotero Tips

Led by Daniel Johnson, English; Film, Television & Theater; Digital Humanities Librarian

Learning Outcome(s): The open-source Zotero research tool allows scholars to create bibliographies easily, but its capabilities also extend to broader areas of research management, note-taking, and sharing research. Participants will learn how to directly import catalog and journal records into Zotero, attach PDFs and other files, create notes, organize projects, and back up research online. Bring your own laptop.

March 15
1:15-2 p.m

Text Mining Overview - UNAVAILABLE during Spring 2023 camp

Learn more about what text and data mining can do to help with your research and reading habits. Led by Eric Morgan of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship.

March 16
1:15-2 p.m

Qualitative Research Software Tools: An Overview - UNAVAILABLE during Spring 2023 camp

Join our political science librarian Mark Robison for a quick tour of what's available for doing qualitative research.

March 17

1:15-2 p.m

Copyright Considerations Related To Your Dissertations - CANCELLED

Led by Monica Moore, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Learning Outcome(s): We'll discuss the copyright issues that arise when you are writing your dissertation, including the use of third-party content, reuse of your work, and the publishing options available to you through ProQuest. Monica will reference and provide content from these two sources:

Monday, Thursday, Friday,
1:30-4:00 p.m.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) Mindfulness Break.

Drop in to the Viz Lab and sit quietly, stretch, or meditate in a dark, peaceful room. Nature scenes and soundscapes will be playing quietly in the background. Yoga mats provided or bring your own. Drop in and out as you see fit. Please note that the space will not be staffed.

Contact Julie Vecchio, Assistant Director of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship or Monica Moore if you have any questions about room use.

249 (Visualization Lab)
Tuesday, March 14 & Wednesday, March 15 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Drop-in yoga sessions with Steve Krojo.

Learn some moves to help you combat the physical stresses related to writing and sitting for long periods of time! Sessions will be held in the Viz Lab and yoga mats will be provided. Come at any point during the hour and stay as long as you'd like.

249 (Visualization Lab)


Writing Center Consultations

Consultations with Writing Center staff will be offered Thursday and Friday from 2:00 - 4:00.

Please make an appointment for a consultation by filling out this form.

All consultations will be held in the small group study rooms off of room 231ABC in Hesburgh Library on the second floor.