Submission and Formatting 101: Master the Dissertation, Thesis and Report Process

Students who are completing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to join the Graduate School to learn about resources available to assist in scheduling their defense, formatting their documents and submitting their documents.

In one afternoon, you can learn everything you need to be successful and complete your degree in a timely fashion. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend. Attend the entire event, or stop in for the seminar that interests you.

The workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 in Fisher 139. The seminar will be available online as well as on campus. Register to receive handouts via email or attend online.

If you are unable to join us, the event will be taped and available online after the event. The previous semester’s seminars are always available online. Information on submitting, formatting, and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.


  •  1 – 2 p.m. — Submission 101: Learn what is required to submit your document to the Graduate School and the deadlines for the upcoming semester.  Best for students who are completing their degree this semester or next semester.
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m. — Formatting 101—Using the Guide and Word Template: Learn how to find what you need in the Guide and use a Word template to create a perfectly formatted document the first time. LaTeX resources will be referenced, but not emphasized.
  • 2:45 – 3 p.m. — Break
    Enjoy snacks and network with other attendees
  • 3 – 4 p.m. — Formatting 102—Copyright for your dissertation, thesis, and report: Learn how to use copyrighted materials in your document, including papers you have published as well as materials created by someone else.
  • 4 – 4:45 p.m. — Formatting 103— Checking and fixing your document: Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat to check your document to ensure it meets our formatting requirements and correct it without recreating the PDF.
  • 4:45 – 5 p.m. — Final questions: Have a question that hasn’t been answered? We’ll be available to answer any additional questions you have.

By Debra Charlesworth.