Seminars/Boot Camps/Writing Retreat/Format Check

Thesis/Dissertation Information Sessions

Thesis/Dissertation Seminars are offered every semester to clarify the Graduate College’s deadlines, publishing requirements, submission procedures, and common problems for graduate theses and dissertations. Navigating the thesis/dissertation journey can be confusing. Attend a Thesis/Dissertation Seminar when you first start working on your thesis/dissertation, the semester before you graduate, or in the semester you are graduating (if you have not yet attended) so that you get an overview of the different aspects of the thesis/dissertation journey.

Graduate College staff members will answer questions about deadlines, formatting guidelines, and other helpful hints for working on your thesis/dissertation.

Watch the videos in this playlist, Thesis/Dissertation Seminar Series, BEFORE attending the seminar.

Register for the Thesis/Dissertation Seminar. (Registration is free to all ISU graduate students.)

Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Webex
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Webex
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Webex
Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Webex

Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camps

Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camps are offered every semester to provide individual help to students formatting their thesis/dissertation. Graduate students often struggle with this final step of preparing this document for submission to ProQuest and/or end up with multiple required revisions after uploading to ProQuest. Attend one or more boot camps to learn how to use the thesis/dissertation templates or Word functions. These boot camps may help to minimize the amount of necessary revisions after the initial upload to ProQuest.

Trained CCE thesis/dissertation will be at the boot camp sessions to guide and assist you through the final formatting of your thesis/dissertation to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College.

Bring your thesis/dissertation file to work on.

Register for the Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camps. (Registration is free to all ISU graduate students.)

Date Time Location
Thursday, June 4, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Webex
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webex

Note: You may sign up for one or all of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register, as seating is limited and demand is high.


Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat

Thesis/ Dissertation Writing Retreats are offered as half-day intensive sessions every semester to provide graduate students strategies for maintaining accountability in the writing of the thesis/dissertation. The retreat supplies prolonged, distraction-free time and space for graduate students in the planning or writing stages of their thesis/dissertation and on-hand assistance from trained CCE Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising) are welcome to attend.

Attend one or more writing retreats to stay on track with your thesis/dissertation writing and receive specialized writing support from trained CCE writing consultants.

Note: If you need no assistance, you can simply use this time to work away on your document in an uninterrupted, distraction-free virtual environment.

Register for the Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat. (Registration is free to all ISU graduate students.)

Date Time Location
Monday, June 15, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Webex

EARLY Thesis/Dissertation Format Check

The Graduate College and Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) encourage you to get an early start on developing the format for your dissertation/thesis. It is much easier to structure the format of your paper EARLY on in the writing process rather than near the completion of your paper.

What is an EARLY thesis/dissertationformat check?

An EARLY check is a quick review of the format of your paper to see that you are off to a good start. The check is performed by trained writing consultants and covers content like the Title Page, the Table of Contents, and other preliminary pages, as well as the overall margins, chapter titles pages, etc. This is NOT a detailed editing session or a session where consultants will make the changes for you. Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camp.

When should I do an EARLY thesis/dissertationformat check?

You can do an EARLY thesis/dissertationformat check as soon as you start writing your dissertation/thesis. If you are nearing graduation, you will want to schedule the check as soon as possible to avoid problems close to graduation deadlines.

How do I schedule an EARLY thesis/dissertationformat check?

Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camp. It’s easy, it’s painless, and it will make your life much less stressful before graduation!

What should I expect in an EARLY thesis/dissertationformat check?

The following is a list of items that will be reviewed in an EARLY thesis/dissertationformat check. You can review the guidelines for these on the thesis/dissertationwebsite then have a writing consultant check them for you. During the session, you can also ask questions about any problems you are experiencing while trying to format these areas.

Depending on how far the manuscript has progressed, items to check could include the following:

Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camp.