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Culminating Project Information

Deadlines for submission of a written culminating project:

  • Fall-1 2015: October 30
  • Fall-2 2015: December 18
  • Spring-1 2016: March 25
  • Spring-2 2016: May 5
  • Summer-1 2016: June 24
  • Summer-2 2016: August 5

If you submitted all required documents prior to the deadline and your grades were submitted, you can anticipate your degree to be posted about 3 weeks after the deadline for culminating project submission. If you have questions on your degree completion status, please call (320) 308-2113.

Formatting Basics Demonstration

Writing Resources at SCSU

LEO -- Online handouts on effective writing, referencing, and avoiding plagiarism.

Citation Styles -- citing and referencing information.

Avoiding Plagiarism (.pdf)

Citation Screencasts, Writing Handouts, and Two-Minute Podcasts

Microsoft Word 2010 Resources

Getting Started -- information on spell check, grammar check, and search and replace begins on page 40 (.pdf)

Collaborative editing tools in Word (.pdf)

Page Numbering in MS Word

As you prepare to graduate, its important to demonstrate your ability to synthesize the experience through a culminating project. The following pages are available to help you successfully complete the requirements for a project that will better prepare you for further studies or employment after graduation.

Electronic Submission of Culminating Projects (ETD)

Beginning Fall 2015 electronic submission of written culminating projects (dissertations, theses, creative works, and starred papers) to The Repository (SCSU’s Institutional Repository) will be the preferred submission method.

Once submitted, approved, and published, culminating projects will be available to download from the IR and will be indexed on Google Scholar within 10 days of publication.

Students wishing to delay the publication of the culminating project in The Repository because of a pending publication in another source, patents pending, or other similar reasons, can request a renewable annual embargo. Note that the majority of journal publishers accept articles derived from theses or dissertations even when the thesis or dissertation is available in an open access repository.

Guidelines for the ETD Process (.pdf)
Big picture process guidelines including expectations of students, faculty and the School of Graduate Studies.

SCSU Guidelines for Electronic Submission (.pdf)
Instructions on formatting your project for electronic submission.

ETD Submission Directions (.pdf)
Instructions on how-to submit your formatted document to the Repository.

Paper Submission of Culminating Projects

The School of Graduate Studies will accept paper submissions of culminating projects, but will no longer offer binding of culminating projects. Students selecting to submit by paper will be responsible for submitting, at minimum, one (1) hard bound (buckrum bound) copy according to University specifications and one (1) plain-paper copy along with the $10 microfilm fee to the School of Graduate Studies. Departments/programs may require additional bound copies. Students should check with the department to verify the number of required bound copies.

SCSU Guidelines for Paper Submission
Instructions on formatting and submitting your project on paper.

Intent to Submit by Paper
Form required for students submitting by paper.

SCSU Specifications for Binding
instructions and options for binding your culminating project. Other binderies are available and students may select any bindery and provide the bindery with the University requirements.

Summer 2015 Culminating Projects Workshops

Culminating Project Process

Drop-in, Hands-on Formatting Assistance

Corey Fitzgerald, Graduate Assistant for Format Review and ETD Support
Miller Center 212B

Tuesdays: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesdays: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursdays: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Formatting assistance outside of these hours is available by appointment, please e-mail gagrad6@stcloudstate.edu .

The Write Place Workshops

Fall 2015 Workshops TBA
Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10am- 2pm
Building 51, Room 118

Culminating Project Seminars

This seminar will explain the process of theses, dissertations, starred papers, and other culminating projects.

Dates, Times and Locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 26th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Miller Center B18
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Miller Center 207
  • Thursday, September 3rd, 3:00-4:00pm, Miller Center B17
  • Wednesday, September 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Miller Center B18
  • Friday, September 11th, 11:00am-12:00pm, Miller Center B18

Working with Statistics in Research

Randy Kolb, Statistical Consulting and Research Center
Available for individual consultation


Randy Kolb's Statistics Powerpoint for culminating projects

Statistics Resource Guide (.pdf)

Culminating Projects Workshop Series Archives

More culminating project information is available here

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