Information Sessions / Boot Camps / Writing Retreat

Dissertation/Thesis Writing Harbor

So you're supposed to be writing your dissertation/thesis, but you just can't find the time or space to make it happen. If this sounds familiar, join us at the writing harbor, where you'll find not only a secluded spot in the quiet downstairs of Parks Library, but also specialized writing assistance with your dissertation or thesis. We'll have CCE Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultants on hand to help you as you traverse the dark and scary waters of the composing process. If you need no assistance, you can simply use this time to work away on your document in an uninterrupted, distraction-free space. Whatever your stage in the dissertation/thesis writing process (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising), know you are welcome.

Date Time Location  
Friday, December 6th, 2019 8:00am - 12:00 pm 32 Parks Library Registration

The event will be held December 6th 8am - 12pm in Parks Library Room 32 (basement computer lab). Seats are limited, so be sure to register today!


Dissertation/Thesis Information Sessions

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.

Powerpoint for Dissertation/Thesis Submission Guidelines Seminar

Date Time Location  
Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 205 Carver Registration
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 205 Carver Registration
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:10 PM - 01:00 PM 305 Carver Registration

Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camps

The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence invite you to a boot camp to guide you through the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation. Graduate students often struggle with this final step of preparing this document for submission to ProQuest, so let us help you! CCE writing consultants specialized in thesis/dissertation formatting will be at the boot camp sessions to assist you in modifying your document to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College. Sign up for one or more boot camps at the links below:

Date Time Location  
Friday, September 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM 32 Parks Library Registration
Thursday, October 17, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM 32 Parks Library Registration
Friday, November 15, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM 32 Parks Library Registration

Boot camp sessions will be held in Parks Library Room 32 (basement computer lab). These events will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop. 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. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students. For more information about thesis and dissertation requirements, consider attending a Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Submission Guidelines Seminar.


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.