ETD Formatting Information
Whether you are just starting to write your thesis or it is your final semester of Graduate School, it is never too soon to reach out to the Formatting Advisor! Communication between the Formatting Advisor and students is often through email; however, students are welcome to stop by the office to discuss formatting,although an appointment is recommended. Feel free to email the formatting advisor to make an appointment.
The Graduate School has formatting standards in place which all ETDs must meet before they receive final approval as a fulfillment of graduation requirements. Please familiarize yourself with the formatting guidelines. See sample pages with explanations (PDF).
Two options are available:
Most students use Microsoft Word or LaTeX for ETD preparation, but students may use any program with which they feel comfortable. The Graduate School does not provide technical support for document preparation. It is your responsibility to understand the program you choose for editing your document.
Microsoft WordThe Graduate School provides templates for front matter (title page, copyright page, etc.) in .docx format:
The Graduate School links to a LaTeX template provided by Mechanical Engineering Professor Mark Owkes. The Graduate School does not provide technical support for LaTeX and all ETDs formatted in LaTeX must comply with all formatting guidelines. Students using LaTeX templates from this website are responsible for ensuring that the resulting document conforms to all formatting guidelines regardless of the current template configurations.
The Graduate School maintains a list of typists/editors as a resource for students. The individuals listed are independent contractors and are not employed by The Graduate School. The Graduate School does not guarantee the availability or credentials of the individuals on this list. Fees, credentials and any other necessary information are solely the responsibility of the student hiring the typist/editor.