week-long boot camp



Option 2:        Week-long Boot Camp           July 24-28 (fee – $250 for NIU students due by July 13)

The week-long boot camps will be limited to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Although priority will be given to NIU students, doctoral candidates from other universities will be welcome to enroll. Snacks will be provided each day, and lunch will be provided on Friday


  • 9:00-9:45: opening workshop (strategies for understanding boot camp process)
  • 10:00-12:30: focused writing
  • 12:30-1:15: brown bag lunch and workshop – Panel of individuals who have recently completed their dissertations
  • 1:30-4:00: focused writing and/or UWC feedback sessions

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • 9:00-9:45: opening workshop (strategies for writing dissertations)
  • 10:00-12:30: focused writing
  • 12:30-1:15: brown bag lunch and relaxation
  • 1:30-4:00: focused writing/UWC feedback sessions


  • 9:00-12:30: focused writing
  • 12:30-2:00: UWC-provided lunch, debriefing, and workshop on maintaining momentum