Proposal and Defense Announcement Samples
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)
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.
Students should understand the style requirements for their discipline and for the University Graduate School. UGS’s formatting rules supersede some style guides, so it’s important to have a grasp of both. 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.
Digital Commons is a service of the Florida International University Libraries and provides a centralized access point for scholarship, creative works and history of the FIU community. Sharing your work in Digital Commons allows you to provide your scholarship openly while still retaining full rights to your work. Contributing authors receive monthly readership reports by email and can track interest in their research through the author dashboard. Submission to Digital Commons is required for all FIU ETDs.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997. ProQuest submission is optional and is only available for dissertations.
Dr. Elana Karshmer, Graduate Studies Librarian
As the Graduate Studies Librarian, Dr. Karshmer can provide additional help with research and scholarly communications issues.
Center for Excellence in Writing
The Center for Excellence in Writing assists students and faculty in all stages of the writing process through face-to-face and online tutoring, workshops, and community engagement.
The list below includes binding companies have experience working with theses and dissertations. Additionally, the website for the Library Binding Council includes a directory of binding companies in the United States and abroad.
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.
FIU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established under federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research (45 CFR 46). Its purpose is to help protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research. FIU faculty, staff, and students are required to obtain IRB approval prior to conducting research with human subjects. This applies to both on-campus and off-campus research, regardless of funding.
This site contains the necessary tools and information to assist investigators during the IRB protocol submission and review process. You can find them on the left navigation menu including Obtaining IRB Approval, which provides step by step instructions on preparing your submission; Policies & Procedures, which contains helpful resources on conducting research with humans subjects, and IRB FAQs, which contains answers to commonly asked questions.
Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee that reviews all protocols involving animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any distress.
The IACUC is dedicated to supporting the education and research mission of the University while maintaining compliance with Federal and State animal care principles, guidelines, and regulations. The Florida International University’s Animal Care and Use Program encompass all animal use by the University for research, teaching, and training.
This site contains the necessary tools and information to assist investigators during the IACUC protocol submission and review process. You can find them on the left navigation menu including Obtaining IACUC Approval which provides step by step instructions on preparing your submission, Policies & Procedures which contains helpful resources on conducting research with animals, and IACUC FAQs which contains answers to commonly asked questions.
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
The purpose of the IBC is to ensure that the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules are adhered to at FIU. The purpose of the NIH Guidelines is to specify the practices for constructing and handling: (i) recombinant nucleic acid molecules, (ii) synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules, and (iii) cells, organisms, and viruses containing such molecules. See the section Definition of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules for further detail. Additional guidance can be found here.
FIU requires that all research and teaching activities involving recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acid molecules at the University be registered and approved with the Institutional Biosafety Committee prior to commencing any activities (regardless if the study falls under Section III-E or III-F of the NIH Guidelines). Therefore, studies falling under Section III-E require IBC approval prior to commencing with the activities. Studies falling under Section III-F require an IBC exemption approval prior to commencing with the activities.
This site contains the necessary tools and information to assist investigators during the IBC protocol submission and review process. You can find them on the left navigation menu including Obtaining IBC Approval which provides guidance on whether your work would fall under the IBC purview, as well as, step by step instructions on preparing your submission, Policies & Procedures which contains helpful resources on conducting research with Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid, and IBC FAQs which contains answers to commonly asked questions.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Florida International University promotes Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) practicing high standards of ethics and accountability in planning, implementation, behavior and information dissemination. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to provide safe work environments, which foster the values of a shared responsible community.
An introductory guide to copyright. In addition to basic copyright information, you can find information about Creative Commons licenses and links to additional resources.
This guide from the Educopia Institute explains the basics of copyright, along with tools and resources that can help you evaluate your situation and determine how to proceed.
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.