There are specific formatting rules that must be followed when you are writing your thesis or capstone project. Some of these are established by the Graduate College, and others have been imposed by the NRES faculty.

Graduate College Requirements

Graduate College thesis format requirements are summarized below:

  1. An abstract is required for all master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

  2. Previous degrees are not included on the title page.

  3. The curriculum vitae or author's biography section is optional for both master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

  4. There are no requirements for page number location (or page numbers with rotated figures), but pagination should be consistent throughout.

  5. Minimum margin requirements are 1 inch on all sides.

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NRES Requirements

  1. An overall summary must be included after the last chapter (unless the thesis is a single chapter). 

  2. NRES requires the student to supply data analyzed in the thesis or dissertation to their adviser but leave it to the adviser to determine whether this should be contained in the appendix or supplied in an alternate format.