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Vol. 2, No. 1

September 2005


The Process

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Starting the count of seven years to complete the degree

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work



This month . . .

·      More About grad_com

·      Who’s Who in the Office

·       Details of “The Process”

·      Q&A

More About grad_com

This newsletter continues the Graduate Studies News and Events published during the 2004-2005 academic year. The name was changed to reflect the nature of the newsletter: communications among the graduate community. We hope for two-way communications: what you want to know and what you need to know. Come in, call, or send us a line.

Who’s Who in the Office

The office in Decker Hall 110 contains the College of Professional Studies and the School of Graduate Studies, with Dr. Martin Tadlock as Dean. So, student and administrative personnel will greet you on the telephone with, “Graduate and Professional Studies.” Administrative personnel: Joan Miller, Administrative Assistant for the School of Graduate Studies, and Peggy Nohner, Administrative Assistant for the College of Professional Studies. Student personnel: Anne, graduate assistant; Tammy, Jennifer, and Teresa, student workers.

Details of “The Process”

Each month, we will address one of the details of The Process. This month, we address “Submitting the research paper or thesis for review” in the Q&A section. Visit our website at for current forms and information.

Q&A: Where can I get help with my thesis or research paper?

Primary Authorities

Begin with two primary authorities: 1) Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper, from the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University; the latest edition is June 2005. 2) Your graduate department or program’s style manual. The two manuals used most at BSU include the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (used by the English department). The latest editions: APA – fifth, MLA – sixth.

Note Particularly

The handbook and applicable style manual will guide you in format, grammar, sentence structure, and other stylistic matters. In the Handbook, note particularly page 6 (Page Sequence) and Appendix A (Sample Front Matter Pages); both a thesis and a research paper will have chapters. In the APA manual, note particularly Chapter 6 (Students tab), Chapter 3 (APA Editorial Style), and Chapter 4 (Refs tab). In the MLA manual, note particularly Chapter 3 (The Mechanics of Writing), Chapter 6 (Citing Sources), and Chapter 5 (List of Works Cited).


After writing your thesis or research paper, submit the first draft to your advisor for a review of content and format. After making any recommended changes, submit the final draft to your other committee members for a review of content and format. After making any further recommended changes, submit the approved final draft to the School of Graduate Studies for a review of format. Any final changes should be correcting minor format errors.

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