Category Archives: Theses and Dissertations

Graduate Student Writing Groups

At the Multiliteracies Center, in Walker room 107, we offer Graduate Student Writing Groups for graduate students at any level.

The groups are available for working on projects (planning and writing), proposals, conference papers, posters, presentations and defenses. They are discussion based to allow students to explain their project to other students and get feedback from peers. Evidence shows that we retain 75 – 90% of what we teach others as opposed to only 10% of what we read. Continue reading

Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in summer 2015 or fall 2015 are invited a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time, or information on how to join us online.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event.

Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.

Nominations open for the 2015 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, June 17, 2015, following our online instructions. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. biological and life sciences
  2. humanities/fine arts

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2015, are eligible. The fields of competition for 2016 will be Social Sciences and Mathematics/Physical Sciences/and Engineering.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 17, 2015; e-mail nominations are preferred.  Contact Debra Charlesworth (ddc@mtu.edu) if you have any questions about the competition.

Formatting help available for dissertations, theses, and reports

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report?  Do you need help?

Join Harriet King, coordinator of the Graduate School Communications Assistance Program for group work hours in the Library. These workshops are provided at no charge to students working on a dissertation, thesis, or report. Harriet is skilled with MS Office, Open Office, and Adobe Acrobat Pro, and can provide group tutoring and assistance during these open times – all sessions will be held in Library 242:

  • Monday, April 13, 2015, noon-3pm
  • Tuesday, April 14,2015,  7-9pm
  • Friday, April 17, 2015, noon-3pm
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-5pm
  • Monday, April 20, 2015, noon-3pm
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7-9pm
  • Friday April 24, 2015, noon-3pm
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2-5pm
  • Monday,  April 27, 2015, 10am-4pm (Submission deadline for spring 2015 at 4pm)
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015, noon-3pm

These rooms are equipped with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop.

If you need additional help or prefer one-on-one assistance, please contact Harriet to arrange for times and inquire about the services available.

Register Now for EndNote Workshops

EndNote is a citation management software that helps you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing.The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering introductory EndNote workshops.  EndNote software is free to all current Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. Visit the library’s Workshops calendar to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 3:

1:00–2:15 p.m. EndNote Basic

  • No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary
  • create and manage references using EndNote
  • construct an EndNote Library in order to effectively organize references
  • create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references

2:15–3:00 p.m. EndNote Cite As You Write

  • Attending EndNote Basic, or having prior knowledge with the EndNote Library, is recommended
  • incorporate EndNote Library citations into a written MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires
  • learn how to locate and import specialized output styles.

Additional sessions will be held on Feb. 12 and March 5, with EndNote Basic from 5:00-6:15 p.m. and EndNote Cite As You Write from 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Our instruction room has EndNote X7.2 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X7.2 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download.

Originally posted in Tech Today (1/28/2015)

Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in spring 2015 or summer 2015 are invited a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time, or information on how to join us online.

If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event.

Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.

Formatting help available for dissertations, theses, and reports

Are you working on formatting corrections for your dissertation, thesis, or report?  Do you need help?

Join Harriet King, coordinator of the Graduate School Communications Assistance Program for group work hours in the Library. These workshops are provided at no charge to students working on a dissertation, thesis, or report. Harriet is skilled with MS Office, Open Office, and Adobe Acrobat Pro, and can provide group tutoring and assistance during these open times:

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1-5pm – Library 242
  • Friday, December 5, 2014, 1-5pm – Library 242
  • Monday, December 8, 2014, 9am-1pm – Library 244
  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1-3pm – Library 244
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, , 9am-1pm – Library 244
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1-3pm – Library 244
  • Monday, December 15, 2014, 10am – 1pm – Library 242
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10am – 1pm – Library 242
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 10am – 1pm – Library 242

These rooms are equipped with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop.

If you need additional help or prefer one-on-one assistance, please contact Harriet to arrange for times and inquire about the services available.

Nominations sought for 2015 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.  Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 in the field of Social Sciences or Physical Science/Engineering (including mathematics)
    • Michigan Tech may nominate one thesis in each category
    • The 2016 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Biological/Life Sciences and the Humanities
  • will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

Please see our web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 17, 2014 to the Graduate School via e-mail (gradschool@mtu.edu) or campus mail (address to Debra Charlesworth). Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.

Copyright Workshop

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a workshop, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.” on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2:00pm.

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing processes. The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons at Michigan Tech repository will be explored.  

The workshop will be held in room 242 of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and is limited to 25 attendees. Visit at the library’s Workshops site and view the calendar to select and register.  For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at nsallred@mtu.edu.

 

Seminar: Completing your graduate degree

The Graduate School has recently launched improvements to our web page and MyMichiganTech that will help students, faculty, and staff understand the steps required to complete a graduate degree.  Join us on campus or online to learn about these improvements and have your questions answered.

The seminar will be taped and put on our web site for people who are interested in the topic, but unable to attend at that time.