The Australian National University (ANU) runs a Thesis Boot Camp 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).
What is Thesis Boot Camp?
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!
What happens after Thesis Boot Camp is over?
It's impossible to write a whole thesis over a weekend, so we offer a monthly Thesis Boot Camp 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. Snacks and coffee are 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.
How can I apply?
The Research Training team offer several Thesis Boot Camp weekends each year. The program is extremely popular and spaces are limited. You will be asked to go through a competitive application process to get a place.
Thesis Boot Camp weekends are advertised in our Research Digest, which is mailed to all research students at the start of every month and on our website.
We would like to thank PARSA, who generously fund this initiative.