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Culminating Project Information

Deadlines for submission of a written culminating project:

  • Fall 2-2016: December 15
  • Spring 1-2017: March 23
  • Spring 2-2017: May 4
  • Summer 1-2017: June 22
  • Summer 2-2017: August 2

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.

Graduate Studies Completion Deadlines

Writing Resources at SCSU

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

Citation Styles -- citing and referencing information.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Citation Screencasts, Writing Handouts, and Two-Minute Podcasts

Learn, Evaluate, Cite – Library Resources

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

Setting Margins 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 primary 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 due to a pending publication in another source or patent pending may request an 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.

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

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

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

Paper Submission of Culminating Projects

Electronic submission of written culminating projects is the primary submission method. However, the School of Graduate Studies will consider exceptions (paper submissions of culminating projects) due to extenuating circumstances. Please see Request for Exception-Submit by Paper (below).

Please note that Graduate Studies will no longer offer binding of culminating projects.

If a student is granted an exception, he/she must submit, at minimum, one (1) hard bound (buckrum bound) copy according to University specifications and one (1) plain-paper copy along with a $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.

Request for Exception- Submit by Paper
Form required for students requesting an exception.

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.

2016-2017 Culminating Projects Workshops

Professional Development (Recorded Sessions):

LinkedIn & Networking [51 Minutes approximately]

Writing Style Pitfalls [25 Minutes approximately]

ETD/Thesis Formatting [24 Minutes approximately ]

ETD Formatting: Cover Page [4 Minutes approximately]

ETD Formatting: Table of Contents [5 Minutes approximately]

ETD Formatting: Line Spacing [2 Minutes approximately]

ETD Formatting: Page Numbers [4 Minutes approximately]

Drop-in, Hands-on Formatting Assistance

Hands-on assistance with formatting your culminating project and Repository submission

Graduate Assistant for Format Review and ETD Support
Administrative Services Building Room 121


To make an appointment, please email or call (320) 308-2113

ETD Submission & Culminating Project Workshops

Learn how to electronically submit your projects and meet with the formatting Graduate Assistant Shawn Blank.

ETD Workshop: TBA

ETD Workshop: TBA

The Write Place Workshops

The writing center on campus, The Write Place, offers writing workshops, individual tutoring, and provides online resources. Visit them online at

The main location is Room 118 in the B51 building. The Write Place also offers

Online only Hours: TBA 

Library Office Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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)

More culminating project information is available here