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Graduate Students

Development of Thesis, Dissertation, or Research Project

Registration of Title

Your manuscript title must first be filed with the Graduate Records office through a "Registration of Thesis Title" form (Due the 1st day of the graduating term). Any questions for this step should be directed to their office.

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee—composed of at least three graduate faculty members—are available to advise you in preparing the manuscript, evaluating its content's quality, and preparing for its defense. The committee members’ names must therefore appear on your manuscript’s Title Page.

Manuscript Formatting

All manuscripts and final revisions must satisfy the Graduate School’s latest guidelines in order to be approved. Submissions will be rejected when incomplete, not organized per a standard table of contents, full of misspellings or page formatting errors, etc. Follow the materials organization listing below:

        1. Title page (Required)

        2. Copyright Page (if copyright has or will be claimed)

        3. Abstract

        4. Acknowledgments

        5. Table of Contents with Page References

        6. Organization of Headings within the Manuscript

        7. List of Figures (Titles & Page References)    

        8. List of Tables (Titles & Page References)  

        9. References or Bibliography    

        10. Appendices


Students familiar with LaTex can use the thesis template created by Dr. Weyhaupt.

Style Guides

The Graduate School requires no particular style for your manuscript. You must meet early on with your advisor to determine if any style is preferred or required. Examples of style manuals and guides are:

   * American Psychological Association (APA)

   * Modern Language Association (MLA)

   * The Chicago/Turabian Manual of Style

   * Turabian

Research Involving Human Subjects, Animals, Biohazardous Materials, or Recombinant DNA

Federal statutes establish mandatory training for all researchers, including students writing a manuscript. Research involving ANY of the above topics must comply with University policies and regulations for ethical compliance available at Proposals must be approved by the appropriate board prior to any data collection.

Open Access

The University is committed to Open Access publication, seeking to make research freely and widely available for use. All manuscripts become publicly available on Google Books post-graduation (upon approval and degree conferral). A delayed release option or 'embargo,' however, is available. You will be asked when you submit the manuscript whether you would like a 1-2 year embargo. The Director of Graduate Studies will contact the Graduate School to request longer or indefinite embargos. You should discuss your decision with said director.

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