DEVELOPMENT OF THESIS
The successful completion of a thesis is the culmination of a student's work in fulfilling the requirements for a graduate degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Standards for the preparation of research papers are established by the graduate faculty at SIUE and the administration of the Graduate School. Students should contact their departmental office directly with questions regarding specific program requirements for their program of study. All final revisions are subject to the approval of the Graduate School.
An advisory committee composed of at least three graduate faculty members advises the student in the preparation of the thesis, evaluates its quality of content when completed, and evaluates the thesis defense. The names of the Committee Members must appear on the Title Page.
Registration of Thesis/Doctoral Title
Students are required to submit a form to register their Thesis/Doctoral Title. Forms are located on the Registrar's Webpage. Students with additional questions should contact Graduate Records.
Human Subjects, Animals, or Biohazardous Materials
All research involving human subjects, animals, biohazardous materials or recombinant DNA must comply with regulations and guidelines found at siue.edu/orp/humansubjectsprotection. Proposals must be cleared by the appropriate board and approved by the Graduate Dean before data collection begins. Federal regulations require mandatory training for all researchers, including students writing a thesis, dissertation or research project.
The Graduate School does not require the use of any particular style, although some departments may have requirements. Consult with your thesis advisor to determine if any particular style is preferred or required. Students are encouraged to consult a style guide relevant to their discipline. Examples of informative style manuals and guides are:
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- The Chicago/Turabian Manual of Style
All theses, dissertations, and doctoral research projects must satisfy Graduate School Guidelines to be approved by the Graduate School for graduation.