The Academic Communication Program coordinates and implements opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral associates to master the necessary communication skills as they move toward the attainment of their academic and career goals.

  • Credit-bearing courses focus on best practices for preparing thesis chapters ready for submission as manuscripts, gatekeepers’ expectations about research submitted for publication, practical strategies for increasing the likelihood of favorable reviews from journal editors, and the contemporary roles of theses and dissertations.
  • Non-credit seminars provide aspiring scholars with a research writing framework they can employ to disseminate research in their fields of study.
  • Hands-on workshops address a range of graduate writing needs and are provided upon request from student organizations, graduate programs, faculty and staff. 

Spring 2019 Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps: Formatting the manuscript 

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence  invite you to a boot camp to guide you through the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation. Graduate students often struggle with this final step of preparing this document for submission to ProQuest, so let us help you! CCE writing consultants specialized in thesis/dissertation formatting will be at the boot camp sessions to assist you in modifying your document to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College. Sign up for a boot camp session here:

*Semester events to be announced soon!

Boot camp sessions will be held in Parks Library Room 134. These events will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop. You may sign up for one or both of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register, as seating is limited and demand is high. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Submissions Seminar