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Regulations Concerning the Thesis for Advanced Degrees

Theses and dissertations submitted for advanced degrees in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology must include a general Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and a complete Bibliography, along with a Title Page, Abstract, Approval Sheet and Table of Contents.  A comprehensive review of pertinent literature must also be included in the thesis.  In addition to this typical format, theses can be arranged with individual chapters having separate sub-sections such as Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Literature Cited.  A general Introduction and Discussion as well as a complete Bibliography is still required.  Using this alternate method, each chapter could be a complete manuscript submitted or accepted for publication.  Manuscripts of articles which have already been published can also serve as chapters.  Hence, the format of individual chapters (e.g., method of literature citation in the text) may be different from other chapters as well as from the text of the general Introduction and Discussion.  However, for microfilming and binding purposes, the margins, type styles, etc. must be in accord with the Graduate School requirements.  When the thesis is presented in this manner, the chapters must be shown to have a coherent, overall focus on a particular question or problem as described in the general Introduction and elucidated in the general Discussion.  Supplementary methods and results that would be excluded from journal publications but presented in the traditional thesis should be included as an additional chapter or Appendix.  In all cases where a paper is to be published prior to the submission of the final thesis, advanced approval to publish should be secured from the Dean of the Graduate School and the Program Committee.

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology does not approve, in lieu of the final thesis, the submission of only reprints of published papers or manuscripts.

Any deviation from the traditional thesis format (e.g., manuscripts as chapters) must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Approved by the Graduate Faculty of the Department on February 13, 1979.