Dissertation Boot Camp


The Dissertation Boot Camp is offered for students who would like additional support while writing their dissertation. By offering an environment for focused writing time, besides exercise breaks conducted by the MIT Center for Health Promotion and Wellness and writing tips from Writing Center representatives, the camp intends to build up healthy writing habits that students will then continue on their own. Dr Xiaolu Shi from MIT Medical Center will also talk to the participants about her experience counseling students working on their defense thesis.

Your Commitment

Students must commit to at least 5 days from the 10-day long writing schedule. Attendance will be taken. Scheduled breaks and taking part in the offered activities are optional. You may take additional breaks as needed to stretch or get a snack.


The daily schedule, all activities included, runs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from 4/23 to 5/3. The room will be equipped with chairs, tables, wireless connection and electric plugs. You must supply your own laptop computer. The writing will be organized in 4 daily slots of 1.5-2 hours each, 2 before and 2 after lunch.


The registration fee to attend the bootcamp is $20. In addition, there will also be a deposit of $40, refundable at the completion of the bootcamp.

Coffee and tea throughout the day, and breakfast will be provided.


Please contact Lindsay O’Brien at lbobrien [at] mit [dot] edu, preferably by 4/19 if you are interested in taking part in the program. Participation is capped at 25 students, and priority is given to students in the middle-to-final stages of the dissertation writing process. This event is sponsored by MIT’s Writing & Communication Center