Proposal and Defense Announcement Samples
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Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

Sample Proposals

Biology – Sample 1 (PDF) | Sample 2 (PDF) | Sample 3 (PDF)
Chemistry – Sample 1 (PDF) | Sample 2 (PDF)
Earth Science – Sample (PDF)
Education – Sample 1 (PDF) | Sample 2 (PDF) | Sample 3 (PDF)
Electrical Engineering – Sample (PDF)
Environmental Studies – Sample (PDF)
LACC – Sample (PDF)
Nursing – Sample (PDF)
Psychology – Sample 1 | Sample 2 (PDF)

Dissertation Defense Announcement Sample (PDF)

Thesis Defense Announcement Sample (PDF)

Manuscript Formatting Rules

Incorrectly formatted documents require a lot of student and administrative time, as they must be evaluated by the ETD Coordinator, sent back to the student, then re-evaluated.  Most theses and dissertations range from 30-300 pages, so it’s important that the formatting rules are followed.

Start with the information on this page. I also suggest having a look at the Common Edits Checklist and your reviewed ETD manuscript. The Common Edits Checklist is the same checklist that is used to evaluate your draft and the final version of your manuscript.

Common Edits Checklist

Use this list to check the formatting for your manuscript. It’s the same checklist that the ETD Coordinator uses to review your draft

The online ETD GUIDE and ETD PREPARATION MANUAL are two useful resources that you should consult as you prepare your ETD manuscript. The guide and the manual complement each other, and both should be utilized. The online ETD guide contains video tutorials, downloadable Word templates, and important information on research standards and copyright, while the ETD Preparation Manual explains the ETD process and formatting requirements in more depth.

ETD Preparation Manual

Click below to view the ETD Preparation Manual.

Templates and Tutorials

Use the templates and tutorials in each tab to master the formatting for your manuscript.

Consider Submitting Your Data

The University Graduate School and the FIU Libraries are working together on a new initiative, the ETD Data Pilot Program, a project providing graduate students with the opportunity to archive their research data sets with their ETD.

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