AT Thesis Format
For theses, the AT department has adopted the APA, parenthetical citation format as implemented by the university. The College also uses this format for doctoral students, and thus CoT doctoral students with a major advisor/chair in AT should also follow this format.
Formatting Your Thesis
TECH 646 (a required course for most students) assists the student in developing their proposal and therefore covers how to format the thesis or dissertation. If you are not required to take that course, the following provides some guidelines you should follow to ensure your thesis or dissertation are acceptably formatted.
Foremost, students should use the University Microsoft Word Thesis template which is available on the graduate school's web site. This template has styles included within it to make formatting less cumbersome. The Graduate School also holds seminars on use of the template and following the formatting requirements.
Note that there are a few things that the Word template will not do. Even when using the thesis template, students must:
- Ensure that they do not use vertical lines in tables.
- Properly format captions for tables and figures (including proper italics for each).
- Ensure proper tabs for each paragraph and proper hanging indents on references.
Dr. Thomas Carney serves as the Thesis Format Advisor for AT. All MS and PhD students are required to meet with Dr. Carney, at least two weeks before they defend their Thesis or Dissertation. The last date to meet with Dr. Carney for a thesis formatting appointment is 2 weeks prior to the last day to defend the thesis or dissertation. The thesis formatting appointment is mandatory. If you do not meet with Dr. Carney and get his approval signature on the Form 9 you will not graduate.
When a student goes to the format meeting, she or he should bring:
- A full, unbound printed copy of the thesis or dissertation.
- A digital copy on a USB drive.
- At least one copy of the Form 9 on for Dr. Carney to sign.
If a student is in doubt whether their document is formatted correctly, they may email a sample from their thesis or dissertation to Dr. Carney for review and comment (firstname.lastname@example.org). “Pre-review” meetings are also a possibility but must occur before the sixth (6th) week of each semester
Making an Appointment
To make a thesis formatting appointment with Dr. Carney you will need to email him. Once Dr. Carney has approved your thesis you may schedule your defense. It is recommended that you make your appointment with Dr. Carney early.