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Clinical Paper, Field Project, and Thesis Preparation

This information provides an overview of the preparation process of clinical papers, field projects, and theses.  

  1. Before a student may register for clinical paper, field project or thesis credits, he/she must be admitted in full academic standing and have completed his/her Admission to Candidacy.  Registration may be completed before a student submits his/her Research Proposal Form.
    Note: if certain conditions exist (e.g. an "Incomplete" (I) grade), registration may be delayed.

  2. The student selects a committee chair and members or advisor, as appropriate from his/her graduate degree program.

  3. The student prepares a short proposal and defends to the selected committee, if necessary.

  4. If human participation or animal care or use is involved in research or preparation, the student is required to obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants (IRB) and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

  5. Complete a Research Proposal Form and a 250-word proposal or Abstract to his/her research committee and graduate program coordinator.  After the research committee members and graduate program coordinator have approved and signed the form, the student should forward it to the Office of Graduate Studies. If applicable, include a copy of the IRB and/or IACUC approval. 

    If after the Research Proposal Form is approved, and there is a change in any of the following, the student should submit a memo listing these changes to the Office of Graduate Studies.  This memo should be signed by the student, advisor or committee chair, and the graduate program coordinator:

    • Change in Thesis Committee Membership

    • Change in Advisor for Clinical Paper or Field Project

    • Change in Title of Thesis, Clinical Paper, or Field Project

    • Change in Course Registration (i.e. change from a field project to a thesis; this may require additional documentation, including a Add/Drop Card or Appeal to Late Add/Drop)

    • Change in Proposed Research -
      Note: this may require resubmission for IRB or IACUC review.  Please check with the IRB or IACUC, as appropriate.

  6. After all of the above are complete, the student may begin his/her research and writing his/her clinical paper, field project or thesis manuscript.