Citation must be in a style appropriate for the research method. The proposal must be comprehensive so that the full committee, at its first meeting with the student, has all the information needed to determine the project’s feasibility and merit.
The student must stay in close contact with the committee chair regarding further meetings.
A student must complete the appropriate paperwork and register for the professional research hours during the semester in which the thesis will be completed and defended.
Students must confer with their thesis chair before enrolling for research credit.
The student has the responsibility to obtain permission to include (or quote) copyrighted material unless the student is the owner of the copyright or unless the material meets the "fair use" criteria.
The thesis advisor must be a member the graduate faculty, and he/she accepts and assumes the major responsibility to work directly with the graduate student in the research or creative project.As soon as possible, the student selects a thesis topic and chooses a suitable chair, department committee member, and a committee member from an outside department.Ideally, the student writes a thesis proposal and submits it to the chairperson and the committee for approval during his or her final semester of coursework.Once the committee approves the proposal, the student submits the proposal to the Director Graduate Studies in College of Arts and Sciences for approval.Once the proposal is approved, the student is solely responsible for submitting appropriate research material to the Institutional Review Board for approval.Working backward from the defense date, the student is encouraged to provide the thesis to the chair six weeks before the defense and a revised copy to the committee three weeks before the defense.Graduate School deadlines must be followed for scheduling and administering the final presentation and defense, which must be undertaken and passed no later than one week prior to the Graduate School ’s deadline for submitting material for graduation.The graduate school oversees and implements all policies and procedures governing graduate theses.Students are responsible for reviewing these policies and ensuring that they have followed the guidelines for preparing a thesis.The thesis committee is comprised minimally of the thesis advisor, a second departmental reader and an outside reader.The members of the committee are available to the student for consultation and advisement.