Student Projects

Section 1 - STEP-by-STEP GUIDE for presentation, submission of your thesis or project, and graduation:
Section 2 - Thesis or Project presentation and defense.
  • The date for your thesis or project presentation and defense should be set as early in your final semester as possible. It is your responsibility to plan carefully to allow sufficient time for revisions, duplication, and handling of other administrative details to avoid delay of your graduation.
  • Presentations must be coordinated with all members of your committee and the Graduate Administrative Support Staff in the Department of Biological Sciences. Presentations must be held during the regular academic session; they may not be held at night, on weekends or holidays, or during final examination week. In addition, thesis or project presentations will not be held during the last three weeks of the semester when classes are in session. Notices must be posted throughout the Department at least one week in advance, and a notice must appear in the weekly Department Newsletter.

  • The form of your presentation should be consistent with that made at professional meetings of biologists. If you are unfamiliar with the proper format, you should adhere to all the rules of the HSU Thesis and Project Format Requirements and consult with your major professor. After your presentation and a period for discussion and questions, your major professor will excuse the general audience and conduct whatever examination your committee feels necessary. Further revision of your thesis or project may be required. You must bring to this meeting the properly filled out Thesis/Project Approval Form .

    1) Seven-year limit. In accordance with state and university regulations, all students must complete requirements for the Master's degree within seven years. An extension may be granted under special circumstances (GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK).

    • Submit copies of your thesis or project to Academic Programs, located in SH 217A. The deadline for submission of thesis copies is May 10 for Spring and December 10 for Fall. Note: (If the date falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the following Monday) Contact Graduate Studies, SH 217A, ext 5194, for details.
    Section 3 - FINAL Steps for Submitting Your Thesis or Project

    1) Approval

  • Fill out the top portion of the Master’s Thesis/Project Approval form and print it out. Read the HSU Humboldt Digital Scholar Non-Exclusive Distribution License.
  • Obtain approval signatures from your advisor, committee members and graduate coordinator.
  • 2) Format Review is now Required!

    Graduate Studies will check your document for formatting and style, according to the HSU thesis/project format requirements. Subject content, research quality, punctuation, and grammar will not be checked. Deadline for requesting the required format review for spring graduation is April 30, fall graduation is November 30.

  • Complete the Formatting Checklist.
  • E-mail Graduate Studies at to request a format review. Subject line: Format Review
  • Attach your thesis/project (Word Document) and your completed formatting checklis.
  • Use the following file naming convention for your thesis/project: last name_first name_middleinitial_graduation term.

    For example: if Susan A Smith was submitting her thesis for review and graduating in Spring 2013, her file would be named: smith_susan_a_Sp2013

  • Once your document is reviewed, Graduate Studies will email instructions. You will need to receive approval from graduate studies prior to submitting your final document to Academic Programs.

    3) Thesis or Project Submission

  • Deliver your Thesis/Project Approval Form with original signatures to the office of Academic Programs, SH 217 by 5:00 pm on May 10 for spring graduation and December 10 for fall graduation.

  • Submit the final Adobe PDF or Word version of you thesis to Academic Programs via email at by 5:00 pm on May 10 for spring graduation and December 10 for fall graduation.

  • Include a list of keywords and/or phrases (limit 15) to help people locate your research.