Thesis/dissertation format information sessions are held several times during the school year for doctoral and MS/MA Plan A students (Plan B student papers are not reviewed by the School of Graduate Studies). These sessions provide a thorough survey of USU format requirements and guidelines, journal and other departmental format options, and tools that may be useful in the preparation of a thesis or dissertation.

The publication guide can be found in the Dissertation/Thesis/Plan B forms section of the form page.

All sessions will be held in room 154 of Merrill-Cazier Library, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This will allow for one hour of presentation and a half an hour for questions and answers. 

Information sessions for 2016-2017 academic year:

Preparation of Thesis, Plan B Papers and Dissertations

Before beginning work on a thesis, Plan B paper, or dissertation, a student should obtain the Publication Guide for Graduate Students, available online or from the USU Bookstore, and the style manual or journal approved by the supervisory committee and/or department. These documents will guide the student in the proper preparation of his or her manuscript. Theses and dissertations may be prepared in either traditional or multiple-paper format. One article or article-manuscript may not be submitted as a thesis or dissertation.

Preparation of a thesis, Plan B paper, or dissertation is the culminating learning experience for a graduate student. The quality of the product, which should represent the student’s own best work, is the responsibility of the student. Monitoring the quality of the thesis, Plan B paper, or dissertation and mentoring the student in writing are responsibilities of the major professor, with the assistance of the supervisory committee. Editing by anyone other than the major professor and the supervisory committee should be limited to mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.