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Thesis and Dissertation Aids

Thesis and dissertation records of past graduate students.

Thesis and Dissertation Defense Sign Template for  Announcement Fliers

LSU formatting guide for thesis writing

The LSU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Library (ETD) – for samples

Developing a strong thesis statement (c/o UNC at Chapel Hill)

Formatting for MLA, APA, and Chicago


Association of American Geographers (AAG) Job listings

American Anthropological Association Job listings

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Job listings

National Geographic Job listings

Purdue OWL online resume workshop

The LSU Career Center online

Graduate Student Responsibilities

Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of rules and regulations of the Graduate School and departmental requirements concerning their individual degree programs. Since requirements and programs are subject to change, students should at all times be aware of current regulations.

I. General Graduate Program Policies

1. Graduate students represent the department. We expect that you will be professional in appearance, manner, correspondence, and public presentation.

2. Instructing undergraduates at LSU is one of our primary missions. We urge that you assist them with good cheer and respect.

3. Professionals in geography and anthropology nurture the following characteristics: punctuality, efficiency, and clarity. Accordingly, we discourage incomplete grades in courses, sloppy work and work-habits, and disorganized research and instructional presentation.

4. We urge all incoming students to become involved in the Geography and Anthropology Society (GAS)—the department’s organization of graduate students and faculty.

5. The Forum, a series of scholarly public lectures, is an integral part of the department’s scholarly life. They are customarily held on Friday afternoons, and all graduate students are expected to attend these lectures. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students on assistants.

6. All students presenting papers at professional conferences are required to participate in a departmental paper practice session organized for that conference. All graduate students and fellowship assistants are expected to participate in these practice sessions, listening to other students” papers and providing critique where appropriate as part of their duties.

7. Latitudes is the department’s newsletter. Graduate students should provide newsletter copy describing newsworthy accomplishments (conferences attended, talks presented, papers published, grants, honors or awards received, etc.) to the main office.

8. Graduate teaching assistants should familiarize themselves with all University and departmental procedures pertaining to instructional responsibilities. Advanced geography doctoral students on assistantships often have the opportunity to teach introductory courses in physical and human geography.

9. Advanced masters and doctoral graduate students are often invited to make scholarly presentations to incoming students. These presentations highlight research design, preliminary data analysis, and provisional conclusions.

10. At the beginning of each semester, all graduate students must complete Forms #1 and #1a. Please give these to the graduate secretary during the first week of classes.

11. All graduate students must complete an annual evaluation form on their research and communications activities during the preceding year. These are due on or before February 1 of each year. Graduate assistant awards will be based, in part, upon these reports. (For further explanation of the annual report, see Form #2 in the Required Forms section of this manual.)

12. Graduate examinations and credentials checks. Prior to signing the Graduate School forms requesting master’s final, doctoral general, and doctoral final examinations, the chair requires the departmental graduate office to perform a credentials check. You must provide enough lead-time for the credentials check (one (1) week). The chair will not sign off until these checks are complete. A copy is retained in your file. This is especially important, since the Graduate School will contact the graduate director concerning any questions or problems with the content of the form. If our graduate office isn’t given acopy of the form, resolution of any problems will be delayed and it could affect your graduation date