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)

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

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

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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