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The Graduate School
Thesis/Dissertation Information WorkshopJanuary 22 & 24, 2013
Purposes for today
Dispense general informationInform students of common errorsOffer time for questions and answers
Part 1
Gaining Approval
Getting Started
Work with your department and committeeGet IRB approval through Research and Sponsored ProgramsConduct researchDefend your work
Basic References
UWF Thesis and Dissertation GuideDiscipline of Department Style Guide, e.g.,APAPublication ManualTurabianChicago Style ManualMLA
Deadlines forSpring 2013
Thesis submitted to UMI/Graduate School byMarch 1, 2013Dissertation submitted to UMI/Graduate School byFebruary 8, 2013UMI:
Required Signatures
TheGraduate SchoolDr. Richard S.PodemskiDean of theGraduate School
Department Chair
Committee Chair andCommittee Members
The Routing Process
Approval by CommitteeSubmit to DepartmentStudent submits the following to Graduate School:Transmittal formSignature pagesStudentuploads thesis/dissertation to UMITD Coordinator returns reviewed copy to student for revision, if necessaryStudent makesanyrecommended changes and then resubmits totheGraduateSchool via UMI.If approved, the Dean of the Graduate School signs the signature page and the student is cleared for graduation.
Thesis/Dissertation Submission Checklist&Transmittal Formonline at
Part II
Avoiding Common Erros, Erors,Errors…
Basic References…Again
Thesis and Dissertation GuideDiscipline or Department Style Guide
Broad Concerns
UWF “look and feel”ConsistencyAdherence to format and style guidelines
Common Errors
Table of Contentsdoes not match pagination or structure of paperTables and figures in text do not match number/title inList of TablesandList of FiguresReferences not in proper formatReferences and bibliography do not matchTitle and author, spelling, etc.SpellingColumn alignment in tables
Common Errors cont’d
MarginsPlacement of page numbersSignature page format and titles of signatoriesHeading style and placementCutting and pasting or combining seminar papers w/o proofreading
Format Check – what we look for
MarginsFont sizeLine spacingPaginationPage number placement
Signature page formatTitle page formatTable of Contents formatHeading format and styleTable format
Additional Assistance
COPS Dissertation Support Center (DSC) 78/137a & 138CORAL 86/112UWFWritingLab 51/157
Plan ahead!!!Nota one semester projectBecome very familiar with your style guide and the UWFThesis and Dissertation GuideIf you don’t know something, look it up!
Endnoteand related Programs
Download bibliographic informationAutomatically build bibliographiesChoice of styles (APA, MLA, etc.)Seamlessly integrate with MS Word and others
eDesktop on Argus
VirtualComputer LabProvides access to software via the InternetSeating is available on a first come, first served basis.Endnote, limited to 5 concurrent users
Part III
Other Information
Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants
Guidelines and application forms:research.uwf.eduCheryl AllenBuilding 11, Room 113850-857-6378
Of Special Note
Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB)Institutional Animal Care and Use CommitteeLinks throughThe Graduate School and Sponsored programs
Continuous Registration
You must be continuously registered for thesis/dissertation hours until document is approved by the Graduate School and final copy is submitted to UMI.Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific requirements for theses and dissertations.
Outstanding Master's Thesis Award
In order to recognize outstanding thesis research and to encourage more students to conduct thesis research, the Graduate Council has established an Outstanding Master's Thesis award.Call for applications announced in Fall semester (for theses completed during previousacademic year).Awards will be made at the Spring Honors Convocation.
The Graduate SchoolRichard S.Podemski, Ph.D.Dean of The Graduate SchoolBuilding 11/[email protected]: 850-473-7713Frances “Jody” Montgomery, M.A.Thesis and Dissertation CoordinatorBuilding 11/[email protected]: 850-473-7717
Open Forum
Questions or Concerns





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