Seminars / Boot Camps / Writing Retreat

Dissertation/Thesis Seminars

Thesis Seminar Powerpoint

Date Time Location  
Thursday, May 31, 2018 2:00 - 3:00 PM 205 Carver Registration
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 2:00 - 3:00 PM 205 Carver Registration

Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camps

Date Time Location  
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 9:00 - 11:00 AM 134 Parks Library Registration
Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 PM 134 Parks Library Registration

Writing Retreat

This summer, the Center for Communication Excellence and the Graduate College are excited to announce our first-ever retreat to give doctoral students a boost in their summer dissertation writing. The retreat will take place over the course of a week with the goal of fostering a supportive environment to doctoral students writing their dissertations. The format will involve daily sessions of dissertation writing assistance from trained writing consultants and is intended for students in their final year of completing their doctoral degrees.

The retreat will be held from Monday July 30th through Thursday August 2nd from 9am-12pm each day in Pearson Hall 2131. All participants must bring their own laptops. More information about the event will be provided upon acceptance of application.

Space is restricted to 15 students. Please complete this short application, if you are interested in participating. We will get back to you soon with an official response regarding your involvement in the retreat.


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 Seminars 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 Seminar 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.