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Graduate Student Thesis & Dissertation and Senior Thesis Camp

Camp Application or Registration Process


  1. For Graduate Students - Fall and Spring breaks
    1. Camp admission by application is prioritized to those students who are in the active writing phase, either:
      1. post-proposal defense phase, or
      2. post thesis approval stage
    2. Invitation to register is sent after application review and within two weeks of the camp start.
    3. Graduate students not yet in the active thesis or dissertation writing phase are admitted, space permitting.
    4. To apply for this event, please complete the Dissertation Boot Camp Application form 
      (Now updated for Spring 2020. Applications not accepted after Friday, February 21, 2020).
  2. For Graduate Students - Day Camps
    1. Registration is first-come, first-served.
    2. Find event registration on the Library Workshop Registration Portal.
    3. Typically available: September, November, February, and March.
  3. For Senior Thesis Writers - Fall Break only, Spring by special permission
    1. Juniors and Seniors are admitted, space permitting through the Library Workshop Registration Portal.
    2. Undergraduate students are urged to commit for all five days, exceptions can be made for professional development and travel needs by communicating in advance with camp administrators.

Any questions may be sent to the camp administrators in Hesburgh Libraries.


Dissertation Camp Application Prioritization Criteria

Demand for dissertation camp is high. To ensure that the students who most need camp are admitted, we prioritize registration for:

  • those who are newly post-proposal defense
  • those who are furthest along the spectrum for time to completion
  • those who have given feedback on the prioritization process as it was prepared for pilot testing

The current prioritization order is provided below. This order is subject to change in future camps:

  1. Approved and planning or outlining my thesis or dissertation;
  2. Drafting (beginning stage): I have some material written, but not a complete chapter;
  3. Drafting (middle stage): I have 1‐2 chapters drafted;
  4. Drafting (final stage): I have 3+ chapters drafted;
  5. Revising: I have a complete draft and am making changes based on committee feedback;
  6. Drafting my proposal;
  7. Pre‐planning: I have not begun my proposal writing yet;
  8. I am not yet in active thesis or dissertation writing phase but would like to be considered for a seat if space is available.