Information Sessions / Boot Camps / Writing Retreat

Dissertation/Thesis Information Sessions

Powerpoint for Information Session

Date Time Location  
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12 Noon - 1:00 PM 1302 Advanced Teaching and Research Building Registration
Thursday, June 6, 2019 3:00 - 4:00 PM 1302 Advanced Teaching and Research Building Registration
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12 Noon - 1:00 PM 1302 Advanced Teaching and Research Building Registration

Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camps

Date Time Location  
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:00 - 11:00 AM 134 Parks Library Registration
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM 134 Parks Library Registration

Intensive Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat

Join us on July 19th from 8am to 4pm in Elings 0308 for a day-long, intensive thesis/dissertation writing retreat! Whether you still need to write several chapters of your thesis or dissertation or you are finishing up the final pages, this retreat will allow you the time and space needed to focus on completing your document. Retreat leaders will present strategies for you to apply as you set goals for completing your thesis or dissertation, as well as offer individualized feedback on your writing, including assistance with crafting your argument, structuring the paper, selecting appropriate argumentative language, integrating references, and even formatting of the document. Seats are limited so register today!


EARLY Dissertation/Thesis 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 dissertation/thesis format 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 Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp.

When should I do an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check?

You can do an EARLY dissertation/thesis format 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 dissertation/thesis format check?

Make a format check appointment with a CCE consultant or attend a Dissertation/Thesis 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 dissertation/thesis format check?

The following is a list of items that will be reviewed in an EARLY dissertation/thesis format check. You can review the guidelines for these on the dissertation/thesis website 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 Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp.


Dissertation/Thesis Information Sessions are offered every semester to clarify Iowa State University's publishing requirements, submission procedures, and common problems for graduate theses and dissertations. It is helpful to attend a Dissertation / Thesis Information Session when you first start working on your dissertation or thesis, the semester before you graduate, or in the semester you are graduating (if you have not yet attended). We will cover deadlines, formatting guidelines, and other helpful hints for working on your dissertation/thesis.

Dissertation/Thesis boot camps will provide individual help to students formatting their dissertation or thesis. Students can use a computer in the lab setting or bring their own laptop and dissertation/thesis file to work specifically on their manuscript and get individual help from dissertation/thesis consultants.