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Southern's graduate students and faculty collaborate on a host of vital research projects, from student theses and graduate fellowships to specialized research in a faculty member's area of expertise. Our dynamic research activity creates a powerful  attraction for grant contributions from the government as well as private and corporate sponsors.This section provides links to the necessary forms related to student research. Please electronically submit all documents to :


  • November 26, 2018 (Fall) 
  • April 22, 2019 (Spring)
  • July 29, 2019 (Summer) 

Last dates in which the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation can ensure that a thesis, dissertation or special project will be processed in time for graduation in the semester in which it is presented. These dates do not necessarily correspond with the dates set by the registrar for submission of the application for awarding of the degree, which takes into account the time necessary to include the student's name in the Commencement Program. Students are responsible for following the formatting guidelines specified.  Submission of materials that do not meet these guidelines will result in a delay in acceptance.

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Thesis Proposal Form
Thesis Guidelines
Sample Thesis Title Page
Thesis/Dissertation Sample
Proper Formatting for ProQuest Publishing
Thesis Acceptance Form
Master's Thesis Submission Form and Instructions
3rd Annual Graduate Research and Creativity Conference

Don't forget to Save the Date for the 
3rd Annual Graduate Research and Creative Activity Conference
on Monday, May 13th, 2019!