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Dissertation, Clinical Paper, Field Project, and Thesis Preparation

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

  1. Before a student may register for dissertation, clinical paper, field project or thesis credits, they must be admitted in full academic standing and have completed their Admission to Candidacy.  Registration may be completed before a student submits their 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 their graduate degree program.

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

  4. If human participation, animal care or use, or biohazardous material 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), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and/or the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

  5. Complete a Research Proposal Form and a 250-word proposal or Abstract to their 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, IACUC, and/or IBC 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 Dissertation or Thesis Committee Membership

    • Change in Advisor for Clinical Paper or Field Project

    • Change in Title of the Dissertation, 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, IACUC, and/or IBC review.  

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