Category: Theses and Dissertations

Dissertation, thesis, and report posts

Formatting and submitting dissertation, thesis, or report help sessions for Fall 2017

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

Join the Graduate School (gradschool@mtu.edu) for group work hours. These workshops are provided at no charge to students working on a dissertation, thesis, or report. Staff will able to help with the changes required by the Graduate School for these documents in MS Office. Assistance will also be available for converting documents to PDF from Word and how to make simple corrections and check your document in Adobe Acrobat. The workshops will be in rooms with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop. Distance students may contact gradschool@mtu.edu about remote assistance during these times via web conferencing.  If you need additional help outside of these times, please contact the Graduate School.  On a limited basis, one-on-one assistance may be available. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.

All workshops will be held from on the following dates at the mentioned time:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | Dillman 101
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | EERC 723
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | EERC 723– Deadline for Fall 2017 is 4pm on December 4
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | EERC 723
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 11am – 1pm | EERC 723

Using the Report on Final Oral Examination Form

Welcome back to the Graduate School blog. Our quest to reduce student errors on forms continues! This post is for students enrolled in a research degree: PhD, MS(Thesis and Report Options), and MFor.

Where Do I Find The Form?

The Report on Final Oral Examination Form can be found on our Forms and Deadlines page under “Forms” and then “Current Students”, by following this link or on your MyMichiganTech page. Please note that the Report on Final Oral Examination Form, like all of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Personal Information

To begin you will need to fill in your personal information. This includes your name and M Number. If you do not know your M number, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

Name_MNumber
Providing your Last Name, First Name, and M Number allows us to keep accurate records of your progress towards your degree.

Entering Degree Information

Next you need to enter information about the degree you are pursuing.  Please find your degree type below and follow the directions accordingly.

PhD Students

If you have chosen PhD as your degree type, you will next need to select your Graduate Program from the dropdown menu as pictured below.

PhD_Grad Program Selection
Please choose your Graduate Program from the drop-down menu.

Once this is done, please proceed to the “Entering Advisor/Co-Advisor Information and Examination Date” section of this post.

Master of  Science Students

Once you have chosen MS as your degree type, you will be prompted to choose whether you are defending a Thesis or a Report. Both options will then ask you to select your Graduate Program from the drop-down menu.

MS_Grad Program Selection
MS Students should choose whether they are defending a Thesis or a Report before selecting their Graduate Program from the drop-down menu.

Once this is done, please proceed to the “Entering Advisor/Co-Advisor Information and Examination Date” section of this post.

Master of Forestry Students

If you have chosen MFor as your degree type, the form will automatically select “Report” as your Degree Option and you will not need to select a Graduate Program. Please continue to “Entering Advisor/Co-Advisor Information and Examination Date.”

MFor_Grad Program Selection
Master of Forestry students do not need to select a Degree Option or Degree program before proceeding.

Entering Advisor/Co-Advisor Information and Examination Date

After you have selected your Graduate Program, please provide information about your advisor(s). If you have multiple advisors please choose “Yes” to having a Co-Advisor and the extra line will appear(pictured below). In this section you will also need to provide the date of your Final Oral Examination.

Advisor_Co-Advisor Information
Enter your Advisor and Co-Advisor’s name(s) and Examination Date.

Entering Committee Member Information

After you have named your advisor, please scroll to the top of Page 2. Here you will find boxes to enter the name(s) of your committee member(s). Please fill these in and disregard the other information in this section as it is for your committee to fill out after your defense. If you need additional boxes for committee members, please click on the grey box titled “Add Additional Committee Members.”

Committee
Please fill in your Committee members prior to saving and printing.

Once you have completed this step, please save and print the form and take it with you to your defense. Once the form has bee filled out and signed by your Advisor(s) and Committee Members, please send this form to the Graduate School for processing.

Thanks for reading this blog post on using the Report on Final Oral Examination form. Please stay tuned for more posts. As always, feel free to email us with any questions, comments, or concerns at gradschool@mtu.edu and we will do our best to assist you.


Nominations sought for 2018 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2018 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, 2015 to June 30, 2017 in the fields of
    • Biological/Life Sciences OR
    • 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

The 2019 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Social Sciences or Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering.

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

Nomination packets are due by 4pm, October 10, 2017 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.


EndNote Workshops at Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

The “EndNote Basic” workshop will be from 1:05 to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26). During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote “library,” add full-text documents and best practices for organizing your references. The workshop will be held in Library 242 and registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

The workshop “EndNote Cite While You Write” is from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26). Learn how to incorporate your EndNote library citations into a Microsft Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended.

This workshop is a continuation of EndNote Basic and will be held in Library 242 as well. Registration is required.

Our Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you

Click here to view all of the library’s upcoming workshops. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.


Formatting 101: New Fall Seminar Series

Students preparing a dissertation, thesis, or report are invited to a new seminar series this summer designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School.  Faculty and staff who assist students are also welcome to attend.  The general format will be a 30 minute presentation with time for your questions.

Our first seminar will be “Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template.”  We’ll discuss how you can use the Guide to find the formatting rules, and the template for signature/approval pages.  Additional details:

1. Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template

  • Date: 09/26/2017
  • Time: 4:05 – 4:55pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

2. Formatting 101: Copyright for Dissertations and Theses

  • Date: 10/10/2017
  • Time: 4:05 – 4:55pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

3. Formatting 101: How to Check and Fix your Document

  • Date: 10/24/2017
  • Time: 4:05 – 4:55pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

Please register to attend on campus or to view the live stream for each of them so that we can plan for your attendance.  Individuals who register for the live stream will receive log in information three hours before the event.

All materials (including video when available) from all Graduate School seminars are archived online.


Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis, or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis, or report in fall 2017 or spring 2018 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.

  • When: September 12, 2017 at 4:05 – 4:55 pm
  • Who: Students defending in the fall or spring; faculty and staff who assist students with submission
  • Where: Fisher 138 or online as a live streaming event (please, off campus students only)
  • Register: Off campus/On campus

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation three hours before the event 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 and submission help sessions for Summer 2017

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

Join the Graduate School (gradschool@mtu.edu) for group work hours. These workshops are provided at no charge to students working on a dissertation, thesis, or report. Staff will able to help with the changes required by the Graduate School for these documents in MS Office. Assistance will also be available for converting documents to PDF from Word and how to make simple corrections and check your document in Adobe Acrobat. The workshops will be in rooms with PCs with University software, or you may bring your own laptop. Distance students may contact gradschool@mtu.edu about remote assistance during these times via web conferencing.  If you need additional help outside of these times, please contact the Graduate School.  On a limited basis, one-on-one assistance may be available. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.

All workshops will be held from on the following dates at the mentioned time:

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 9 – 11am | EERC 723
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 9 – 11am | EERC 723
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | Dillman 208
  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | Dillman 208 – Deadline for summer 2017 is 4pm on July 31st
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | MEEM 202
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | MEEM 202

Formatting 101 Seminar Series Continues

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the final two seminars in its summer seminar series, “Formatting 101.” These short seminars (approximately 30-minutes, followed by time for your questions) are designed for students formatting their dissertation, thesis, or report.  Each seminar will be held in Fisher 138 beginning at 2:30pm and will also be live streamed. Please register so we can plan for your attendance and provide information about the live stream for our off campus participants.

  • June 14, 2017 – Copyright for Dissertations and Theses – the basics of using copyrighted material in your document
  • June 28, 2017 – How to Check and Fix your Document – how to check and fix your document using Adobe Acrobat

Seminar materials are archived online if you’re unable to attend the live event.


Nominations open for the 2017 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, June 27, 2017, following our online instructions. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  1. Biological Sciences (including Forestry)
  2. Humanities and Fine Arts

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, are eligible. The fields of competition for 2018 will be mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 27, 2017; e-mail nominations to gradschool@mtu.edu are preferred.  Contact Debra Charlesworth (gradschool@mtu.edu) if you have any questions about the competition.


Formatting 101: New Summer Seminar Series

Students preparing a dissertation, thesis, or report are invited to a new seminar series this summer designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School.  Faculty and staff who assist students are also welcome to attend.  The general format will be a 30 minute presentation with time for your questions.

Our first seminar will be “Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template.”  We’ll discuss how you can use the Guide to find the formatting rules, and the template for signature/approval pages.  Additional details:

  • Date: May 24, 2017
  • Time: 2:30 – 3:25pm
  • Place: Fisher 138 or live stream

Please register to attend on campus or to view the live stream so that we can plan for your attendance.  Individuals who register for the live stream will receive log in information three hours before the event.

Dates and topics for the remaining two seminars in the series will be announced soon.  All materials (including video when available) from all Graduate School seminars are archived online.