Summer 2020

Thesis/Dissertation Seminars: Planning your Journey

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence invite you to a seminar to navigate the Graduate College requirements and deadlines, submission and review procedures, and writing support programs. Attend a seminar to get an overview of the different aspects of the thesis/dissertation journey so that you can be better prepared.

Watch the videos in this playlist, Thesis/Dissertation Seminar SeriesBEFORE attending the seminar.

  • Graduate College Requirements (1 video)
  • Submission and Review Process (2 videos)
  • Writing Support (1 video)

During the seminar, Graduate College staff members will answer questions about deadlines, formatting guidelines, and provide other helpful hints for working on your thesis/dissertation. Click to register for one or more sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email shuffman@iastate.edu for access to the online seminar.

  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 1 | June 2nd 2-2:30 pm
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 2 | June 3rd 10-10:30 am
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 3 | July 1st 2-2:30 pm
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Seminar: Session 4 | July 2nd 10-10:30 am

Thesis/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. Click to register for one or both sessions. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email shuffman@iastate.edu for access to the online seminar.

  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 1 | June 4th 2-4pm
  • Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Boot Camp: Session 2 | July 8th 9-11am

Make sure to bring to the session an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation. You may sign up for one or all of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. All sessions will take place online until further notice. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Submission Guidelines Seminar. 


Intensive Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat

Could you use some prolonged quiet time to work on writing your thesis or dissertation? Would it help to have someone on hand to provide valuable feedback on the writing itself? If this sounds like your situation, join us for a half-day Intensive Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat, where you'll learn strategies for keeping on track with your dissertation or thesis writing and receive specialized writing assistance with your dissertation or thesis. We'll have trained CCE Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants available to help you navigate confusing parts of the writing process or offer useful tips for you to move forward to the next phase of your dissertation or thesis. If you need no assistance, you can simply use this time to work away on your document in an uninterrupted, distraction-free virtual environment. Whatever your stage in the dissertation/thesis writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising), know you are welcome.

The event will be held June 15th from 9am-1pm in an online format. Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants will be at the ready to assist all attendees with thesis/dissertation writing- or formatting-related concerns. Click to register for the retreat. *If you sign up late and still want to attend the session, please email shuffman@iastate.edu for access to the online seminar.


EARLY Dissertation/Thesis Format Check

The Graduate College and Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) encourage you to get an early start on developing the format for your dissertation/thesis. It is much easier to structure the format of your paper EARLY on in the writing process rather than near the completion of your paper.

What is an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check?

An EARLY check is a quick review of the format of your paper to see that you are off to a good start. The check is performed by trained writing consultants and covers content like the Title Page, the Table of Contents, and other preliminary pages, as well as the overall margins, chapter titles pages, etc. This is NOT a detailed editing session or a session where consultants will make the changes for you. Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a formatting boot camp!

When should I do an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check?

You can do an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check as soon as you start writing your dissertation/thesis. If you are nearing graduation, you will want to schedule the check as soon as possible to avoid problems close to graduation deadlines.

How do I schedule an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check?

Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp. It’s easy, it’s painless, and it will make your life much less stressful before graduation!

What should I expect in an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check?

The following is a list of items that will be reviewed in an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check. You can review the guidelines for these on the dissertation/thesis website then have a writing consultant check them for you. During the session, you can also ask questions about any problems you are experiencing while trying to format these areas.

Depending on how far the manuscript has progressed, items to check could include the following:

  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Abstract (and whatever optional preliminary pages may be included)
  • Page number locations
  • Chapter title pages
  • Headings
  • Excessive white space
  • At least two lines of a paragraph at the bottom or top of a page
  • Overall margins

Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp.



Past Thesis & Dissertation Events

SPRING 2020

 

Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camps: Formatting the Manuscript

April 6, 2020: Intensive Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat

Could you use some prolonged quiet time to work on writing your thesis or dissertation? Would it help to have someone on hand to provide valuable feedback on the writing itself? If this sounds like your situation, join us for a half-day Intensive Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat, where you'll learn strategies for keeping on track with your dissertation or thesis writing and receive specialized writing assistance with your dissertation or thesis. We'll have trained CCE Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants available to help you navigate confusing parts of the writing process or offer useful tips for you to move forward to the next phase of your dissertation or thesis. If you need no assistance, you can simply use this time to work away on your document in an uninterrupted, distraction-free virtual environment. Whatever your stage in the dissertation/thesis writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising), know you are welcome. 

The event will be held April 6th 9am-1pm in an online format. Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants will be at the ready to assist all attendees with thesis/dissertation writing- or formatting-related concerns. Be sure to register today!