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Thesis and Dissertation Office

The Thesis and Dissertation Office is a valuable resource for graduate students and faculty and shares the goal of helping students produce a high quality thesis or dissertation. The student and supervisory committee are responsible for the content and overall quality of the research and the resulting thesis or dissertation. However, the Thesis and Dissertation Office provides the following resources that can be used from the beginning of the writing process to publication of the thesis or dissertation via ScholarWorks.

Standards and Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations. This 114-page document includes chapters on:

  • The thesis and dissertation process
  • Thesis/dissertation elements, standards, and guidelines
  • The Graduate College thesis/dissertations template for Microsoft Word
  • ScholarWorks thesis and dissertation reference manual

The document also includes appendices with sample pages, common mistakes, and sample permission letters.

Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. This 4-day workshop is held every January, before classes begin for the spring semester. The workshop includes quiet space and time to write, a trained tutor available from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day, and short (15 to 30 minute) breakout presentations on topics such as the writing process, time management, formatting, and citations. The Boot Camp is open to all graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation. Information about the Boot Camp can be found on the Graduate College website at:

Group workshops. Upon request, Thesis and Dissertation Office staff will conduct a workshop designed to meet the needs of any group of graduate students or faculty members working on a thesis or dissertation, from the proposal stage to the final version. Topics vary and can include formatting, citations, the thesis/dissertation process or anything else related to writing a thesis or dissertation.

Individual consultations with students and/or faculty. Upon request, Thesis and Dissertation Office staff will meet individually with graduate students or faculty members. This consultation is available to all graduate students and faculty members regardless of the writing project and can be set up by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Topics can vary, however, the focus is on helping students and faculty members communicate through writing by providing an outside perspective and by exploring diverse writing methods within and outside of their respective disciplines. Students in particular are encouraged to meet with Thesis and Dissertation Office staff early in their graduate careers to take advantage of this resource.