Proposal and Defense Announcement Samples
Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
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)
The ETD Manuscript
ETD stands for Electronic Theses and Dissertations. All FIU ETDs are submitted in a digital format and archived in Digital Commons, the University’s institutional repository. Only manuscripts of students who have completed all thesis and dissertation milestones will be included in Digital Commons.
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. You should also review the Common Edits Checklist and your reviewed ETD manuscript draft. 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
ETD Preparation Manual
For your convenience, we are providing a list of binding companies who have experience working with theses and dissertations. There may be other companies in the area who can provide this service, so feel free to shop around. Also, soft binding is available through the copy center on campus.
Note: Neither FIU nor the University Graduate School are responsible for the work of binding companies.
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.