Thesis Boot Camp

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
10:00 to 16:00


Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall

Offered by

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


Looking for dedicated writing time in a beautiful space and in community with other graduate students? Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) and the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) are hosting a thesis boot camp to help.

Benefits of participating include:

  • Dedicated writing time and a quiet, beautiful space to write
  • Opening panel with graduate students across the disciplines, who talk about their experience with and approaches to writing theses and research articles
  • Updates on resources for graduate students this semester
  • CWSC graduate student facilitator during writing sessions
  • Opportunities to meet and network with colleagues from across campus
  • Coffee!


10:00 – 11:00 Opening Panel with Q&A (facilitator, Patty Kelly
11:00 – 12:30 Writing Session (facilitator, Eury Chang)
12:30 – 13:15 Brown Bag Lunch (please bring your own)
13:15 – 13:45 Graduate Student Resources (facilitators, Jacqui Brinkman & Patty Kelly)
13:45 – 15:45 Writing Session (facilitator, Eury Chang)
15:45 – 16:00 Wrap-up (facilitator, Eury Chang)


Opening Panel 

Eury Colin Chang is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre and Film. Prior to coming to UBC to embark on his dissertation, he worked as a professional editor and writer in the non-profit sector. His academic articles and reviews can be found in journals (Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Literature) and anthologies published by Playwrights Canada Press, the University of Wisconsin Press, and Arsenal Pulp Press.

Liam Monaghan is Program Coordinator of the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication at UBC. He holds a B.A. Hons. in English from the University of Lethbridge, a B.Ed. in English Language Arts Education from UBC, and an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, where he wrote his thesis, “Queer Childishness in Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol.” He has published scholarly work in The Dalhousie Review and a non-fiction essay is forthcoming in Alberta Views. Liam is also a theatre artist whose plays have been produced in Halifax, Lethbridge, and Victoria.

Tayo Olarewaju is a PhD student at Peter A. Allard School of Law, where he attained a Master of Laws degree. He has business and law degrees from Africa, Europe and North America, and is completing what might be his final one.

Shyamala Parthasarathy is a second-year graduate student at UBC, working towards her MFA in Creative Writing, where she's currently working on a Young Adult Novel as her thesis. She also holds an MA in English Literature from McMaster University and specializes in the humanities, particularly literary studies, feminist and queer theory, and critical race studies.

Nathan D. Roberson is a PhD candidate in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology. His research focuses on the use of Bayesian statistics to study immigrant integration. Nathan works at the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology to evaluate innovative pedagogies. Formerly, he was a statistician with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and worked extensively in health and education policy in British Columbia and across the USA.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, February 11 at 9:00 am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within two business days at the e-mail associated with your account.

If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.