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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—will advise you in preparing the manuscript, assess its content quality, and evaluate your thesis defense. The committee members’ names must therefore appear on your manuscript’s Title Page.

Manuscript Formatting

All manuscripts 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 template created by Dr. Weyhaupt.  SIUE thesis LaTex template

Style Guides

Consult with your department’s advisor to determine the preferred writing style for the submission. Some examples of style manuals are: American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), etc.

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

Federal statutes establish mandatory training for all researchers involved in any of the above topics. University policies for ethical compliance are available at Proposals must be cleared by the appropriate board and approved by the Graduate Dean prior to any data collection.

Open Access

Your manuscript will become publicly available post-graduation (upon approval and degree conferral). A 'delayed release' option is available.

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