Category: Notes

New Thesis and Dissertation Procedures

The new procedures for formatting and submitting a thesis or dissertation have received final approval from the administration.

The procedures will be rolled out in a phased fashion to give students, faculty, and staff adequate time to prepare for the implementation.

Submission Method

Effective immediately, all theses and dissertations are required to be submitted electronically.  See sections 4.3 and 4.4 of the procedures or our web page for more details.

Submission Deadlines

Beginning with all submissions in fall 2010, the deadlines to complete a degree in a given semester will alter.  There is a new deadline to submit a final thesis or dissertation, as well as a changed deadline to complete a degree in a given semester.  See our deadlines web page for dates for upcoming semesters.


Students scheduling a defense prior to January 10, 2011 will submit theses and dissertations following the requirements currently in place.

Students who schedule a defense on or after January 10, 2011 will follow the formatting requirements in the new procedures.

See our formatting web page for additional links and helpful information.

Support for Students

In support of these new procedures, a number of initiatives are planned throughout 2010 to aid students.  Contact Debra Charlesworth to suggest additional initiatives.

  • An EndNote style to provide uniform reference formatting in the Graduate School style.
  • A new review form with links and references to the procedures.
  • A preflight file for use with Adobe Acrobat so students can identify some formatting problems prior to submission to the Graduate School.
  • Blog posts designed to answer specific “how to” questions related to thesis and dissertation submission.
  • Seminars throughout summer 2010 and previous seminars available online now:
    • An Introduction to Adobe Acrobat (July 7, 2009)
    • Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation to the Graduate School (May 18, 2010)
    • Tips and Tricks for MS Office (June 9, 2010)
    • An Introduction to EndNote (June 30, 2010)
    • An Introduction to Copyright (July 14, 2010)
  • Updated FAQ with references to new procedures.

Thesis and Dissertation Submission Seminar

Students planning on finishing a thesis or dissertation this semester or next semester are invited a seminar designed to help students understand current procedures and answer student questions.

Join Debra Charlesworth on May 19th at 2:30pm to learn about the submission process from start to finish.

Faculty and staff who work with students completing a thesis or dissertation are also invited to attend.

Please register online for the event.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the location and a reminder of the date and time. Space is limited, so register early!

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

Jennifer Heglund represents Michigan Tech for MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award

Jennifer Heglund
Jennifer Heglund
The Graduate School is pleased to announce that Jennifer Heglund was Michigan Tech’s nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award.  Ms. Heglund was nominated by her advisor, Dr. B. Barkdoll of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Her thesis, “Effects of Climate Change Induced Heavy Precipitation Events on Sediment Transport in Lower Michigan Rivers” modeled the potential effects of climate change, particularly heavy rainfall, on sediment transport in rivers.  Increased sediment transport could have an effect on erosion along rivers, and the models Ms. Heglund developed could be used for planning and land management. Ms. Heglund is currently employed by Northeast Technical Services in Virginia, Minnesota.

Fifty-one theses in the midwest were nominated for the award, and although her work was not recognized as the award recipient, it was well received by the reviewers.  One reviewer commented, “I enjoyed reading this thesis – it’s a pleasure to see such a complete approach to a problem.”

Seth DePasqual was also nominated by his advisor, Dr. T. Scarlett, on behalf of the Social Sciences Department.  His advisor described his thesis as, “…a study of the evolution of an early 20th century mining system in Spitsbergen as applied by Boston-based Arctic Coal Company.”

The committee to evaluate the nominees consisted of graduate faculty representing a broad range of graduate programs:  M. Neuman (Biomedical Engineering), S. Martin (Social Sciences), R. Froese (School of Forestry Resources & Environmental Science), B. Davis (School of Technology) and G. Campbell (School of Business and Economics).  Next year’s competition will consider applicants who have completed their degrees between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010.  An application consists of a recommendation letter from the advisor and an electronic copy of the thesis.  Please consider nominating your MS students next year.