School of Graduate Studies

Thesis/Dissertation Workshop

Thesis/dissertation format workshops are held several times during the school year. During the sessions, the assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies provides a thorough survey of USU format requirements and guidelines, as well as journal and other departmental format options. He also addresses student concerns and problems regarding thesis preparation. Students should bring copies of completed portions of their papers (if possible) as well as the style guides they are using.

The following publication is required in preparing your thesis or dissertation: Publication Guide for Graduate Students.

Most sessions are located in Main 227 and begin at 3 p.m. and last approximately 2 hours. Please note that the February 18 session will be located in Main 121 


Workshops for 2014-2015 academic year:

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • January 21
  • February 18

The Preparation and Approval of Theses, Plan B Papers, and Dissertations section in the Graduate General Information part of the university General Catalog for specific thesis and dissertation information states:

Preparation and Approval 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.