What is Thesis Boot Camp?
The Australian National University (ANU) runs a Thesis Boot Camp (#ANUTBC) program based on a concept created and developed by Dr Liam Connell and Peta Freestone at The University of Melbourne. Thesis Boot Camp at ANU is proudly sponsored by the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA).
Research students can often encounter difficulties with writing towards the end of their degree. Thesis Boot Camp helps you do a large amount of work on your thesis and develop productive writing habits in a single weekend.
The concept of Thesis Boot Camp is disarmingly simple. Put a group of people experiencing similar issues in the same room for a weekend, feed them regularly and provide a reward for each 5,000 words written.
An experienced writing teacher is available to help you work through issues, and regular breaks for physical activity are encouraged. Many students write over 10,000 words on a Thesis Boot Camp weekend, and some even write up to 25,000 words.
If you have a problem finding time and space for writing, or issues with procrastination, Thesis Boot Camp is for you!
When is #ANUTBC offered in 2017?
Research Skills and Training offer four #ANUTBC’s a year.
24 – 26 February
28 – 30 April
23 – 25 June
27 – 29 October
How can I apply?
The #ANUTBC program is extremely popular and spaces are limited to 24 per camp. Places are offered on a needs basis, as with everything that Research Training offers, our camps are an inclusive and safe space for all students to work. These camps are targeted for students writing towards the end of their degree. Your application will go through an application process assessing your thesis progress, goals for the camp and personal circumstances.
#ANUTBC is advertised in our Research Digest, which is mailed to all research students at the start of every month, on our website and on our Facebook page.
What happens after Thesis Boot Camp is over?
It's impossible to write a whole thesis over a weekend, so we offer a monthly #ANUTBC Veterans Day to anyone who has completed the weekend program.
Veterans Days recreate the Thesis Boot Camp magic, allowing you to find at least one day of uninterrupted writing time each month. Lunch is provided, and a member of the Research Training team is there to talk to about any concerns you may have.
Veterans Day is a great way to stay in touch with your fellow peers, and meet others, in a supportive atmosphere dedicated to helping you complete your thesis.
We would like to thank PARSA, who generously fund four Thesis Boot Camps annually.