Honors Thesis Project: Manuscript Templates

Some portions of the thesis publications have been standardized and Word templates provided. This standardization will increase the professional appeal of the final publications, as well as give the group of theses each year a library-quality standard. These templates will also make putting a thesis into print easier and more efficient so that a student's time is spent on the important work of content rather than style.

If a software program other than Word is required by the advisor or discipline standards, please make sure you follow the general style of the templates provided, then submit a print-quality PDF.

When the student's thesis is finalized, a copy of the thesis Word documents will be submitted to the University Honors Program for printing and archival purposes. The digital documents should be delivered by email, on a CD, a DVD or a flash drive for downloading no later than April 10 for May and August graduates, and November 30 for December graduates to the Honors Program Office Coordinator.

Sections

Cover Layout

This template includes the University Honors Program seal, and margins allow for the left-handed binding. Font size for the title may be reduced if the title is lengthy so that the entire page is centered vertically with adequate spacing. Please contact the Office Coordinator if you need assistance laying out this page due to special concerns.

Cover Layout (.dotx)

Title Page

This page should include a short abstract and any disclaimer information, including special acknowledgements.

Title Page (.dotx)

Table of Contents

This template has tabs set up for adding page numbers to the section descriptions.

Table of Contents (.dotx)

Pages

The format for the thesis body itself is determined by department standards, other than font style, margins and page numbering, which are all included in the Pages template.

Pages (.dotx)

Special notes regarding formatting

  1. Margins are set specifically for left-handed binding; please do not change them on any of the templates.
  2. Page numbering should only begin on the body of the manuscript−not the title page or table of contents.
  3. Keeping your manuscript broken down into the four sections (Cover, Title, Table of Contents and Pages) simplifies the page numbering process and is the best way to submit your thesis to the Office Coordinator for printing.
  4. Once the Office Coordinator has received your files, they will be exported into a secure, combined PDF file, which will in turn be sent to you for final approval.