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*Spring 2018 Boot Camp will be held March 2-3*


Sam Houston State University Dissertation Boot Camp and Writing Support Services

The Office of Graduate Studies at Sam Houston State University is fully committed to supporting those students at or approaching the proposal, thesis, or dissertation portion of their education. We offer writing intensive workshops, support groups, and a weekend long "boot camp" geared towards aiding students in need throughout their writing processes.

If you need help jumpstarting or completing your proposal, thesis or dissertation, or want to become more efficient in meeting your writing goals and deadlines, we encourage you to attend any of our writing sessions, groups, or Dissertation Boot Camp.

What is Dissertation Boot Camp?

This all-inclusive weekend long program is designed to assist post comps students who are enrolled in any dissertation or proposal course at the university. Services provided throughout the event include research, writing, and statistics assistance, along with other services provided in a one-on-one environment free of charge to selected students. Dedicated writing blocks will be available each day during Boot Camp.

How are students selected to attend Dissertation Boot Camp?

In order to attend Boot Camp, students must be nominated by Graduate faculty, staff, or advisors. Nominations should include the students' name, Sam ID, and email address and can be emailed to All nominated students will be contacted with further information. If you or someone you know is interested in attending Boot Camp, please contact your advisor, chair, or other SHSU Graduate faculty or staff.

When are Dissertation Boot Camp's held?

DBC's are generally held mid-semester, ranging from 2-3 days (March in Spring, October in Fall). Accommodations are available for those traveling into town on a first come, first serve basis. Selected students are expected to attend all sessions during Boot Camp.

2018 Spring Dissertation Boot Camp

When: Friday, March 2 –Saturday, March 3

(9:00am-9:00pm Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday)

Where: SHSU Main Campus

Huntsville, Texas

2018 Fall Dissertation Boot Camp

When: TBA

(9:00am-9:00pm Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday)

Where: The Woodlands Center

The Woodlands, Texas

Other Writing Support Services

In addition to Boot Camp, we encourage all students working on major projects, research, capstone projects, theses, or dissertation work to attend our Thesis/ Dissertation support groups and Re-Boot Writing days at the Woodlands Center. Lunch or snacks are provided at each event and support staff is present to help with various topics. To view upcoming writing support dates, please visit the Events Calendar page under Events & Workshops.

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) would like to remind everyone of upcoming seminars, workshops, and other events during this Spring 2018 semester. Please visit for additional details and to see a complete list of upcoming events and register to attend. They will host the following workshops scheduled for February:

CITL: Working within Googlization: Assignment Design in the Age of (Mis)Information

Wednesday, February 21, 2:00 pm

Google's omnipresence as an information-retrieval engine is often perceived as a barrier to the quality of student research due to its filter bubbles, skewed algorithms, advertisements, and overwhelming mass of results which often include unreliable sources. But what makes Google problematic also makes it a valuable teaching tool in helping students understand the power structures underlying ostensibly neutral information networks. This workshop will discuss how to incorporate Google into classroom activities and assignments as a means for parsing the politics inherent in information retrieval. Register now.

CITL: Using Story Maps: More story...less map

Friday, February 23, 10:00 am

ESRI's Story Map templates allow users to quickly produce and share their stories using dynamic data and interactive maps. While including maps can be useful, some of the best story maps include more story than they do map and some contain no map at all. Telling your story (with or without a map) has never been easier. This workshop will guide users, step-by-step, through the tools and process of creating a great story map. No story, no map, no problem...we will provide the story and the maps, we will even discuss less conventional ways to use the story map framework for things like promoting events, publishing websites or creating presentations. Register now.