Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The inaugural TAMU 3MT will be held on November 13th from 5:30 – 7 pm in the J. Wayne Stark Gallery. Click here for more information.
As a result of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (HSC) merger, all HSC students are expected to adhere to Texas A&M University standards, policies, timelines, and procedures although a period of transition will be needed to ensure systems are in place to manage HSC student records.
Specifically, students graduating in December 2013 should prepare documents using Texas A&M University format guidelines as outlined in the Texas A&M University Thesis Manual. Policies, deadlines, procedures and guidelines for Texas A&M University Health Science Center students preparing theses and dissertations should be consistent with those of other Texas A&M University graduate students.
Training and Resources
Templates, pre-submittal training, as well as other tools are accessible via http://thesis.tamu.edu to assist all students with successful preparation of the manuscript. The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) Thesis Office will hold special sessions (face-to-face and via TTVN) to provide guidance and training to HSC students on thesis preparation, submission, and approval.
Texas A&M University students currently pay a fee ($170 doctoral; $110 master’s) for Thesis Office services. Thesis Office fees will not be assessed for HSC students graduating in December 2013.
HSC students should adhere to the OGAPS dates and deadline calendar posted at http://ogaps.tamu.edu/current-students/dates-and-deadlines.
HSC students will need to complete Thesis Office required forms: 1) Approval Form of the Written Thesis/Dissertation, 2) Copyright and Availability Form, 3) Combined online Survey of Earned Doctorates and AAUDE Graduate Student Exit Survey (for research doctoral students only). A specific Approval Form of the Written Thesis/Dissertation/Record of Study will be prepared by OGAPS for HSC students to use. Students who may have already submitted the Approval form to their respective HSC office will not be required to submit a new form. Forms are accessible from http://ogaps.tamu.edu/incoming-students/student-forms-and-information/#thesis. A copy of all forms should be provided to the Thesis Office prior to clearance from the Thesis Office.
Once the student has successfully completed the final, oral exam, the student is eligible to submit the Texas A&M University Written Thesis/Dissertation/Record of Study Approval Form (designated for HSC students) and the committee approved electronic thesis/dissertation. For December 2013 degree candidates, the forms and manuscripts should be submitted to the appropriate HSC office (similar to previous semesters) by the Texas A&M University posted thesis/dissertation submission deadline.
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) should be reviewed for uniformity and consistency in format and style, utilizing the guidelines posted in the Texas A&M University Thesis Manual. HSC office reviews should proceed as in the past; however, once complete, students should be directed to upload the revised document as a single pdf document via the ETD Submission and Management System: Vireo (https://etd.tamu.edu) instead of to the ProQuest ETD administrator or via paper for binding. Vireo submissions should be completed no later than the Texas A&M University posted Thesis Office Clearance Deadline (i.e., the last day to submit final corrections of thesis). Students will have access to log into Vireo with existing HSC netid login credentials. Thesis Office staff will complete additional reviews to verify standards for format have been met, as well as review submitted paperwork, prior to Thesis Office clearance. For any additional corrections needed, Vireo will be utilized as the mechanism for managing the review workflow. Any corrections requested by the Thesis Office will be uploaded to Vireo, where they can be retrieved by the student, and a notification will be sent to the student via email. The student, likewise, will upload revised manuscripts to Vireo for further review. Vireo will store the final, University approved document for each student.
If desired, Thesis Office staff will be available to provide training and tools to HSC staff persons involved with thesis/dissertation review, or consult individually with HSC staff on the review process.
Thesis Office clearance must occur within one year of the final defense date. In order to clear the Thesis Office, the student must complete the following steps:
- Meet Thesis Office standards for format of the thesis/dissertation
- Complete and submit required forms
- Be registered for the semester of graduation
- Apply for graduation
Once clearance requirements are met, Thesis Office staff will notify the appropriate Registrar’s staff, the student, faculty chair, and HSC office contact via email.
All theses and dissertations will be published in the Texas A&M University institutional repository and through ProQuest (doctoral students only). Availability will be subject to the policies stated in the Copyright and Availability Form, including the option to temporarily delay access for publication, patent, or proprietary purposes. Manuscripts with an immediate release or journal hold will be submitted to Texas A&M University Libraries (and ProQuest, for doctoral works) once all degree candidates for the semester have been certified by the University. Document metadata, including abstracts, will be available through these entities for the duration of the embargo. Patent holds will be held in Vireo until such time as an embargo is no longer necessary.
The Thesis Office is committed to make this transition process as smooth as possible and ensuring that student graduation is not impacted. We have every confidence that HSC students will be able to meet all requirements for Thesis Office clearance in time for December 2013 graduation, as long as they stay in communication with their respective HSC office and the Thesis Office, as appropriate, to address identified format issues and other Thesis Office requirements for clearance.
Medical Sciences Library to Offer Systematic Reviews Webinar and Workshops in July
Three upcoming events from the Medical Sciences Library (MSL) Center for Systematic Reviews will help faculty and graduate students master the process of systematic reviews and meta-analysis:
- July 2 (noon-1 p.m.): Intro to Systematic Reviews webinar: 1 hour overview of this research method which uses transparent and rigorous methods to identify, appraise, and synthesize studies.
- July 13 or 27 (Saturday, 1-5 p.m.): Systematic Reviews Workshop: 4 hour workshop will cover the steps of systematic reviews and include hands on training for suggested resources and tools.
Margaret Foster, Assistant Professor, Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator, will conduct all sessions. Early sign up is encouraged, as space is limited. For more information and to register, visit http://guides.library.tamu.edu/systematicreviews .
This webpage displays two prototype models of the format of video tutorials that can be uploaded on to the website
Model – 1
Model – 2
The following are the series of steps to be followed to submit your ETD to the thesis office for approval.
|Step 0 -Login||Login to the vireo submission system using the link present in the thesis office website.
Click on the submittal and review tab in the website to proceed further
|Step 1 – Verify your information||Once you login to the website, all the basic information is already populated.Fill the remaining information to continue|
Ms. Firoozeh Dumas is a lecturer and critically acclaimed author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent. Born in Abadan, Iran, she grew up there and in California. She attended U.C. Berkely where she met and married a Frenchman.
In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write her stories as a gift for her children. Random House published these stories in 2003. Funny in Farsi was on the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists, and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book. She lost to Bob Dylan. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor. Jimmy Carter called Funny in Farsi, “A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country, and heritage.”
Firoozeh Dumas’ father (second from right) attended Texas A&M University in 1953 as a Fulbright Scholar from Iran.