Department format check

Following is a brief slide deck for your consideration as you prepare your thesis / dissertation for submission to the Graduate College. As the Department Format Checker, it is my responsibility to ensure that your document meets the expected standards for format. Please review the slides to get a sense of how I may contribute to getting your document ready for submission. 

Frequently asked questions: 

  • How long does it take to review a thesis: LaTeX with the proper template - almost none (<5 minutes); Word - ~15 minutes.

  • Why does it take you three days to respond? Its the end of the semester!

  • I’m still finishing revisions - can you do a format check? No. You might remove a figure and forget to change the numbers. 

  • How soon before the deadline do you need it? That depends on how busy I am around that time. Give me at least 4-5 working days. 

  • I sent you my thesis last Monday - I haven’t heard back from you: I probably forgot your email. If you don’t hear from me within 3-4 days acknowledging your email - send me a reminder. Soon as your defense is done, the Front Office also reminds me - so usually I'm waiting for you to turn in your document. 

  • Can you help me with my formatting issues? Yes - see resources on previous page.

  • How long does Grad College take? They are surprisingly fast - it takes them about half a day to turn around *and* they have eagle eyes

  • What do you need from me: 1) Your final version in PDF form only. 2) A scanned copy of your TDA form (Make sure the Front office forwards this document to me). 3) Appropriately pestilential followup.