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.
Research candidates 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 challenges, and regular breaks for physical activity are encouraged. Many students write over 10,000 words during Thesis Boot Camp, and some even write up to 25,000 words. This program is funded by the Dean, Higher Degree Research and is free for ANU candidates to attend.
How can I apply?
The #ANUTBC program is extremely popular and spaces are limited. Places are offered on a needs basis, as with everything that the Researcher Development team 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 the monthly HDR Update, which is mailed to all research students at the start of every month, and on our Twitter page. Thesis boot camp are delivered face to face on Kambri, ACton campus. Zoom is not available.
We will select based on the following criteria: how close you are to completion (with those who will not have another chance given preference), then we will consider your reported difficulties and any interruptions to candidature. We will attempt to balance this with ensuring a spread across colleges and gender parity. In order to participate in this opportunity, you are required to complete a thesis map, complete ANU COVID safety training, comply with all directions to ensure that we remain safe and healthy during our time together. If you have any questions about this, please email Victoria.Firth-Smith@anu.edu.au.
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