Thesis Seminars / Boot Camps / Format Check

Thesis Seminars

Thesis Seminar Powerpoint

Date Time Location  
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM 0124 Ross Hall Registration
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 0124 Ross Hall Registration
Monday, October 2, 2017 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM 205 Carver Hall Registration

Thesis Boot Camps

Date Time Location  
Monday, September 18, 2017 * 9:00 - 11:00 AM 134 Parks Library Registration
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 * 9:00 - 11:00 AM 134 Parks Library Registration
Thursday, November 9, 2017 ** 2:00 - 4:00 PM 134 Parks Library Registration

* LaTex help will be available from 10 - 11 am
** LaTex help will be available from 2 - 4 pm


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

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

You can do an EARLY thesis/dissertation format check as soon as you start writing your thesis/dissertation. 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/dissertation format 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/dissertation format check?

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

  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Abstract (and whatever optional preliminary pages may be included)
  • Page number locations
  • Chapter title pages
  • Headings
  • Excessive white space
  • At least two lines of a paragraph at the bottom or top of a page
  • Overall margins

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


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 Thesis Seminar when you first start working on your thesis or dissertation, 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 thesis/dissertation.

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