Thesis Boot Camp

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Thesis Boot Camp is an opportunity for UVic graduate students to write and make substantial headway on their master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or graduate project. Boot Camp participants commit to active writing for three full days in an uninterrupted environment. The Boot Camp organizers provide a writing environment with minimal interference to enable participants to focus on writing, to build momentum in the writing process, and to meet other grad students who are also struggling to finish.   

Thesis Boot Camp will also offer several modes of support for participants, including inspirational speakers, time management and writing workshops, stress reducing activities, copyrights and citation management consultations, etc., relevant to thesis writing.

During the three days, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one consultations with writing tutors from the Centre for Academic Communication to receive personalized feedback and advices on how to address any barriers they may be experiencing in their writing.

In an effort to make the Thesis Boot Camp accessible to graduate students at a distance or for those who cannot attend for various reasons, we are exploring ways to make the content available online.  As a first step, we are providing some documentation below.  Given the structure and nature of some of the sessions for this event, materials may not be available.  We will continue to explore means of making the materials accessible for future Thesis Boot Camps.

Thesis Boot Camp is a collaboration of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Centre for Academic Communication, Learning, Teaching, Support and Innovation, Counselling Services, and the UVic Libraries.

Thesis Boot Camp is typically held twice per year in early June and December in the Mearns Centre for Learning (McPherson Library) at the University of Victoria.

The next event will take place December 3-5, 2019.  Registration will open in late October.

Questions about the event should be directed to Carolyn Swayze, Faculty of Graduate Studies, ( or Tad Suzuki, McPherson Library, (

UVic graduate students (master's and PhD) who are engaged in writing their thesis, dissertation or research project and are registered in the term of the Thesis Boot Camp.  It is essential that participants come prepared with drafts or ideas and are prepared to write.

There are limited spaces in each Thesis Boot Camp so participants willl be chosen by lottery. 

The fee for participation in the Thesis Boot Camp is $25, payable by cash or cheque in advance of the event.  Coffee, tea and snacks are provded each morning and afternoon of the event.

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