Dissertation Boot Camp

Tuesday, May 30 – Thursday, June 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What is Dissertation Boot Camp? Dissertation Boot Camp helps students make significant progress on their dissertations. With an intense focus on writing, the camp provides the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. If you are struggling to find time and space to get going with your work, or just wish for a little more support as you do it, this program is for you.

Who is this for? This is for Ph.D. students who have achieved Dissertator status by May 1st and are in good academic standing. Students should have passed the proposal stage and be in the write-up phase.

What to Expect
  • A supportive, quiet, distraction-free writing environment to boost your productivity.
  • Three days of writing – spend 8 hours a day focused on your dissertation.
  • Introduction to goal setting and a range of effective writing strategies.
  • Short breaks scheduled throughout the day to clear your mind and refuel.
  • Exercises and workshop activities for inspiration and stress relief.
  • Food and refreshments to sustain you as you work.
  • Writing tutors available for consultation every afternoon.
  • Faculty mentors from a range of fields.
  • A community of fellow Dissertators at UWM.
  • Participants must bring their own laptops, notes and writing materials.
  • Participants must agree not to check email, texts, social networks, or web during writing periods.
Application and Registration: The cost for participation is $45. This fee contributes to the cost of lunch, snacks, and caffeine provided for you each day. The Dean will sponsor the rest! The Boot Camp program will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants, and a short application is required. All UWM Dissertators are invited to apply. Eligible participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to past, current and incoming DDF and AOP Fellows. To reserve your place, please fill out the application form and return it to Dani DeVasto (dmhartke@uwm.edu). To be accepted, you must commit to attend all sessions for three days. If you know you have a conflict during the boot camp hours, we ask that you defer until another time. Submit your application as soon as possible, and we will send you details on registration.

Location: To be announced.

Deadline for application/registration is May 22, 2017!

Questions: We are happy to provide more information and discuss the program with you. Please reach out by email to our professional development coordinator, Dani DeVasto (dmhartke@uwm.edu).

New graduate-level course:
GRAD 801: Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals

Spring 2017 Topic: Core Academic & Transferable Skills

You can now obtain credit on your transcript for “PFFP” offerings if you enroll in GRAD 801! This blended, one-credit course includes some face-to-face and some pre-recorded sessions. Requires graduate status. May be retaken with change in topic up to 3 credits.

Learning goals:
  • Identify strategies for successful and timely completion of your degree requirements.
  • Better understand the values, expectations, and institutional contexts of higher education.
  • Develop professional networks of peers, faculty, alumni, and other professionals who can contribute to your success through and beyond graduate school.
  • Grasp current trends in higher education, make your degree more flexible, and prepare yourself to assume roles within a wide possible range of academic and professional contexts.
  • Acquire skills that facilitate success in both academic and non-academic careers, such as career planning, mentoring, research, grant writing, conferencing and communicating work to outside audiences.
  • Learn job search strategies and skills.
  • Enhance cultural competence and understanding of diversity.

Graduate School Spring 2017 Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals Workshop Series

The UWM Graduate School organizes cross-cutting seminars, workshops and discussion forums to help you get acquainted with the expectations associated with graduate studies, move successfully through degree milestones, acquire a variety of transferable core skills, and also understand the "big picture" of higher education and academic life.

Faculty and staff from units across campus contribute to this ongoing series, supporting graduate student success as you envision and pursue your own future in and beyond the university. All students in UWM graduate programs are eligible to attend and participate in these events, free of charge.

Spring events are eligible for credit to students enrolled in GRAD 801: Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals. Spring 2017 topic: Core Academic & Transferable Skills.

Live streaming available for this event = Events with live streaming available. Pre-registration required; please email Dani DeVasto (dmhartke@uwm.edu).

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Climate Issues for Graduate Students

February 2, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event

Introduction to Graduate Funding Options

February 7
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences — 1:00-3:00 p.m., Kenwood IRC 1180
  • STEM Fields — 3:00-5:00 p.m., Kenwood IRC 1140

Grant Writing Success for Graduate Students

February 8, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • STEM Fields — Kenwood IRC 1160
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences — Kenwood IRC 1180

Succeeding in Graduate Seminars

February 9, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event

Communicating Your Work to Outside Audiences

February 16, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Union 280


Preparing Job Application Materials

March 2, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event

Investing in Graduate Education: Understanding Financial Concerns in Graduate School

March 9, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event

Getting Ready for Research: IRB Boot Camp

March 16, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event

Women in Academia: An Interdisciplinary Panel

March 30, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Union 280


Exploring Careers Outside Academia

April 6, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • STEM panelists — Lubar S250
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences panelists — Union 280

Becoming a Public Intellectual in the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 19, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event

Speak Up! Finding Your Voice in Front of an Audience

April 20, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Greene Hall. Registration required.

Pursuing a Graduate Degree

April 27, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event


Publish, Young Paduan!

May 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Lubar S250 Live streaming available for this event