Dissertation Boot Camp | Graduate Studies | Kent State University

Dissertation Boot Camp

Dissertation Boot Camp Weekend Retreat

Hosted by the Division of Graduate Studies

Completing one's dissertation is the ultimate academic accomplishment, but creating dedicated time to concentrate solely on writing can be difficult. The Division of Graduate Studies is committed to doing whatever it takes to help you succeed. In doing so, we’re excited to offer six Dissertation Boot Camp Weekend Retreats during academic year 2018-19. This boot camp inspired retreat has been developed to provide you with a distraction-free weekend so you can remain focused on your writing!

Our program has been developed to help provide you with a quiet space so you can remain focused on your writing and the opportunity to network with other colleagues working on their dissertations. Plus, we will be providing you all of your meals in one place, so you don't have to break your focus by leaving to eat. The program is hosted in room 330 of the University Library and students can study in computer labs (rooms 333 and 334) and conference room spaces (rooms 320, 352, and 365).

2018-19 Dissertation Boot Camps

  • September 14-16, 2018
  • October 5-7, 2018 (Boot Camp will be located in Kent Student Center, different location than usual)
  • November 30-December 2, 2018
  • February 15-17, 2019
  • March 15-17, 2019
  • April 26-28, 2019

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis until we reach capacity. The cost for Boot Camp is $40. Registration for the February and March 2019 weekends is now open.

Boot Camp Schedules


  • 5-6pm: Dinner
  • 6-10pm: Goal Setting and Writing Time


  • 9am-9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am-1pm: Writing Time
  • 1-2pm: Lunch
  • 2-6pm: Writing Time
  • 6-7pm: Dinner
  • 7-10pm: Writing Time


  • 9am-9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30-1pm: Writing Time
  • 1-2pm: Lunch
  • 2-5pm: Writing Time

Dissertation Boot Camp will give doctoral students:

  • a quiet space with computers (or bring your own laptop!),
  • structured time to write their dissertation,
  • opportunities to schedule statistical consulting appointments leading up to the weekend,
  • meals throughout the entire weekend, in addition to lots of coffee and snacks,
  • the opportunity to meet other students working on their dissertation and discuss your writing with them,
  • the opportunity to make connections for developing writing and support groups outside of the boot camp,
  • resource materials related to research and writing,
  • a stainless steel Dissertation Boot Camp tumbler as a gift for completing the boot camp.

Some of the progress that students made over our first dissertation boot camp weekend included:

  • Completing drafts of two chapters.
  • Completing half of a research proposal.
  • Determining their sample procedure and reviewing the first three chapters to make them more parallel.
  • Reorganizing their paper and correcting formatting issues.

If you have questions about Dissertation Boot Camp, please contact Kyle Reynolds at 330-672-1466 or kreynol3@kent.edu.