Thesis or Dissertation Writing Assistance
Faculty Advisers and their students have separate roles to play in preparation of the candidate's thesis or dissertation. While Graduate Students research and write their thesis, Faculty Advisers are an important resources by providing assistance not only with the content and academic rigor of the research of the thesis but also critiquing the structure of the final product. Chairs of the Thesis Committees are responsible for the approval of thesis content, English usage, readability and adherence to acceptable publishing standards.
Departmental staff are also an integral part of the thesis process. These individuals are an additional resource for answers to questions regarding formatting. Departmental staff also may offer guidance on the submission process through the delivery of the final research product to the Graduate School.
Practical advice from the Cornell University Graduate School's Associate Dean, Jan Allen.
Thesis Writing Assistance:
The UAA Writing Center (SMH-118) provides writing assistance to all UAA students at all levels of writing. It is staffed by formally trained undergraduate and Graduate students, as well as faculty. The Writing Center is open every day of the week. Their new hours for Spring Semester are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m. To confirm hours of operation, please call 907-786-6828. Students may stop by any time the center is open for walk-in sessions. There is no fee for UAA students to use the writing center.
Tutors Available for a Fee
Grad students who would like to make arrangements for a professional private tutor may contact the Learning Resources Center.
Thesis & Dissertation Editors:
The editors listed below will work with Graduate Students on theses or dissertations for a fee. Please contact the editor directly regarding your requirements and their rate.
Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation
Please review the Thesis Formatting PowerPoint which will assist you in correctly formatting your thesis. We strongly advise you to have your thesis reviewed by the Graduate School prior to submission.
Graduate School Thesis Formatting Advising Appointments and Walk-In Advising Hours:
Signature Page approval is mandatory before defending your thesis. Approval will save you time and heartache later.
Be certain that you are compliant with publishing standards by reviewing the UAA Thesis Formatting Checklist.
Thesis Electronic Submission-New for Spring 2013
For Spring 2013, Electronic Thesis Submission is mandatory. Please check this webpage and the Workshop webpage for announcements regarding upcoming training dates and times.
Deadlines for Final Thesis Submission to the Graduate School: (The Signature Page complete with all approving signatures except for final formatting review and approval by the Graduate School Dean.)
If the Graduate School thesis deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline becomes the following Monday. For example, if December 10th falls on a Saturday the default deadline would become Monday, December 12.
Please consult your college or school dean's office for their thesis submission deadlines for each semester to allow adequate time for their review prior to submission to the Graduate School Dean. Please check with your college or school Dean for their deadlines so that they may have sufficient time to read the thesis and return them to students for final submission to the Office of the Graduate School on the ETD website.
The Thesis Submission Flowchart gives Graduate Students step-by-step guidance to submit their documents for review and approval.
Electronic Thesis Submission
You must upload and submit your thesis electronically at UMI ETD Administrator's website http://www.etdadmin.com/uaa.alaska.
The Office of Degree Services is notified by the Graduate School upon approval of the thesis by the Dean of the Graduate School. Degrees are dated and posted immediately by the Office of Degree Services during the semester in which all degree requirements are completed.
Requests for a Deadline Extension
Your Graduate Adviser must write a memo to the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Helena Wisniewski, through the Department Chair and Dean requesting an extension of time to complete your thesis/dissertation. This memo is prepared on your behalf by your Graduate Adviser. The memo must outline the circumstances that precipitated this unusual request. By approving the request for an extension of time to submit the thesis/dissertation, your Department Chair and Dean acknowledged this request for an extension and agree to review your thesis in a timely manner to allow the extension deadline to be met.
Requests for deadline extensions prepared by students are not accepted.
Requests for extension must be made not later than:
No extensions will be granted for any reason after December 15th for Fall Semester, April 15th for Spring Semester, and July 21st for Summer Semester. The Graduate School staff requires adequate time to review your thesis. You will require enough time to make any necessary corrections. The deadline imposed by the Office of the Registrar for clearance to graduate is fixed and unable to be amended.
Extensions are made on a first come/first served basis. Not all extensions will be approved.
This is the link to the eCO: Electronic Copyright Office.
U.S. Copyright Office -Frequently Asked Questions about Copyrighting
If you would like to order hardcover bound copies of your thesis or dissertation for personal or departmental use, please contact the Office of the Graduate School with options offered at this time.
Flow Chart of Thesis Review and Submission