"Senior Thesis Process Steps to complete prior to the Thesis"
Senior Thesis Process Steps to complete prior to the September & Important Due Dates . . . Thesis I term: December 2008 Please note: Dates posted from Summer 2008 and beyond are tentatively set subject to the Academic Calendar for 2008/2009. In addition, the 1. One-on-one advisement with Thesis Advisor 2. Proposed Thesis Assignment (PTA) Due Graduates due date associated with Step 14 for June graduates is a REQUIRED date for participation in commencement. Step 15 is a REQUIRED date for March & June graduation. September 2008 September 2008 December 2008 December 2008 3. Proposed Thesis Assignment Approval 4. Initial Contact Pocket Guide 1. One-on-one Advisement with Thesis 1. A-Section Winter 2007 B-Section 1. A-Section Winter 2007 1. B-Section Spring 07 5. Plan of Attack Advisor (Jr II, AT) (Jr II, AT) (Jr II, AT) 2. Proposed Thesis Assignment Due 2. 4/20/07 2. 4/ 20/07 2. 8/3/07 Steps to complete during the (Jr II, WT) (Jr II, WT) (Sr I, WT) Thesis I term: 3. Proposed Thesis Assignment Approval 3. 6/1/07 3. 6/1/07 3. 9/14/07 6. Conduct Research (Jr II, WT) (Jr II, WT) (Sr I, WT) 7. Meeting (Thesis 1 or Thesis II term) 4. Initial Contact with Faculty Advisor 4. Summer 07 4. Summer 2007 4. Fall 07 (Sr I, AT) (Sr I, AT) (Sr I, AT) Steps to complete on 5. Submit Thesis Plan of Attack 5. Summer 07 PLEASE 5. Summer 2007 5. Fall 07 academic term between Thesis terms: (Sr I, AT) SE E (Sr I, AT) (Sr I, AT) 8. Attend "Completing Your Thesis" meeting 6. Conduct Research, Experimentation, 6. Fall 07 T HE S I S 6. Fall 2007 6. Winter 08 9. Chapter 1 Design Work & Investigation (Sr I, WT) [Thesis I] ADVISOR (Sr I, WT) [Thesis I] (Sr II, WT) [Thesis I] 7. Meeting with Faculty Advisor, 7. Fall 07 7. Fall 2007 7. Winter 08 Steps to complete during the Employer Advisor and Thesis Student (Sr I, WT) (Sr I, WT) (Sr II, WT) Thesis II term and Final Academic Term: (Thesis I or II term) [Thesis I] [Thesis I] [Thesis I] 10. Submit Preliminary Thesis to Employer Advisor 11. Submit Preliminary Thesis to Thesis Services 8. Attend "Completing Your Thesis " 8. Winter 08 8. Winter 2008 8. Spring 08 Meeting (Sr II, AT) (Sr II, AT) (Sr II, AT) 12. Preliminary Thesis Approval 13. Title Pages & Eval by Employer Advisor Completed 9. Chapter One Submitted to Faculty 9. 2/22/08 9. 2/22/08 9. 5/16/08 14. Final Thesis Due to Thesis Services Senior Thesis Project Advisor (Sr II, AT) (Sr II, AT) (Sr II, AT) 15. Final Thesis Approved 10. Preliminary Thesis Submitted to Employer Advisor 10. 4/25/08 (Sr II, WT) 10. 2/22/08 10. 5/16/08 (Sr II, WT) 10. 8/1/08 (Sr III, WT) 16. Graduation To provide the Kettering student with a [Thesis II] [Thesis II] [Thesis II] capstone integrative experience, combining 11. Preliminary Thesis Submitted to Thesis 11. 5/9/08 11. 3/14/08 11. 6/6/08 11. 8/15/08 curriculum and work experience Services (Sr II, WT) (Sr II, WT) (Sr III, WT) into a significant [Thesis II] [Thesis II] [Thesis II] REAL WORLD Thesis Coordinators professional project for the co-op employer. 12. Preliminary Thesis Approval 12. 6/27/08 (Sr II, WT) 12. 6/6/08 12. 9/12/08 (Sr III, AT) 12. 10/03/08 (Sr III, WT) [Thesis II] [Thesis II] Students will be assigned a Thesis Coordinator upon 13. Thesis Title Pages & Evaluation by 13. 6/27/08 13. 6/27/08 13. 10/10/08 13. 10/03/08 approval of their Proposed Thesis Assignment. There are Employer Advisor Completed (Sr II, WT) (Sr III, WT) (Sr III, WT) two Thesis Coordinators that assist all Kettering Univer- Kettering University [Thesis II] [Thesis II] sity Thesis Students. 14. Final Thesis Due to Thesis Services 14. 7/28/08 14. 7/28/08 14. 10/20/08 14. 10/20/08 The Thesis Coordinator will conduct a format (Sr III, AT) (Sr III, WT) (Sr III, AT) review upon Faculty Advisor approval of the Preliminary Thesis and track the progress of the preliminary and final 15. Final Thesis Approval 15. 9/19/08 15. 9/19/08 15. 12/12/08 15. 12/12/08 www.kettering.edu/thesis (Sr III, AT) (Sr III, WT) (Sr III, AT) thesis submissions. The Thesis Coordinator will also forward the preliminary and final thesis submissions to the email@example.com 16. Graduation Date 16. 9/27/08 16. 9/27/08 16. 12/13/08 16. 12/13/08 faculty advisor for review. The student will be contacted Thesis Services Organization on Blackboard by the Thesis Coordinator when the review is complete. Phone #: (810) 762-9947 Please note: Please note: Room: 3-322 For due dates specified by term (Summer 2006), the event Students who are planning back-to-back terms, study abroad Thesis Coordinator Phone # Office # can commence anytime during the term. Only exception is terms, and/or have their graduating term as a Thesis II term, Dr. W.L. Scheller: Thesis Director the “Completing Your Thesis” meeting. Specific dates for please contact the Thesis Advisor to help you work out a time- Jackie Edgington 762-9516 3-322 AB this meeting are posted on the website. line tailored to you.. Michelle Gebhardt: Thesis Advisor Lenore Myers 762-7920 3-322 AB AT (Academic Term) WT (Work Term) What you need to know about the 16 Steps of the . . . Senior Thesis Process. Steps to complete during the Thesis II term a. Final Review Copy Submission Form (available on Steps to complete prior to the Thesis I term: while conducting testing, research, experimentation, design website) work and investigation that results in a solution for the co-op and Final Academic Term: b. 1 hard copy of Final Thesis 1. One-on-one Advisement with Thesis Advisor: employer. c. Marked-up Preliminary Thesis The first step to getting started on your thesis is to set up a 10. Submit Preliminary Thesis to Employer Advisor d. 3 title pages signed by student & Employer Advisor one-on-one advisement session with the Thesis Advisor. 7. Meeting (Thesis I or Thesis II term): The student will need to submit one hardcopy of the thesis e. The Student Evaluation, Employer Advisor Evaluation The Thesis Advisor will help you determine your thesis Students should conduct a Meeting with their Faculty and to his/her Employer Advisor. The copy will be reviewed and approval of the Thesis Abstract by the Employer terms, when to submit your PTA, provide a timeline of due Employer Advisors. This meeting provides an opportunity and a determination will be made by the Employer Advisor Advisor should be completed in Co-op Navigator. dates, work out a graduation plan and go over the 16 step for the student, Employer Advisor and Faculty Advisor to whether to approve the thesis. Upon approval, the Employer thesis process. This advisement session is required for all consider collectively the student's approach to the thesis Advisor will need to sign the Employer Approval Letter. The Thesis Coordinator will perform another format review JRII students on their academic term. assignment. It should be held at the Employer Advisor's to ensure all formatting changes have been made. If further work-site, but if that is not feasible, it may be held at 11. Submit Preliminary Thesis to Thesis Services formatting corrections are needed, the student will be re- 2. Proposed Thesis Assignment (PTA): Kettering University or through a conference call. The student should submit a completed draft of the thesis quired to make the formatting changes prior to the Faculty When students attain 88 earned hours, they will receive an Arrangements for the meeting are prepared by the student. (referred to as Preliminary Thesis) to Thesis Services to be Advisor review. Upon approval of the Final Thesis by both e-communication to electronically complete and submit the The student should also facilitate the meeting. During this reviewed by his/her Faculty Advisor. The thesis should be the Faculty Advisor and Thesis Coordinator, the student will Proposed Thesis Assignment (PTA) form on our secure meeting, the student's work assignment, the time available complete and in its final form, which includes all be notified to submit the Final for Binding. Co-op Navigator website. In addition, students will also for the testing and/or investigation associated with the illustrations, content and pertinent data. It should be complete and submit the Pre-Thesis Checklist and project, the facilities required, and the type of reports grammatically and mechanically correct and should also be Students should include the following for their Final for Binding Graduation Plan on Co-op Navigator. expected by the advisors, among other items, may be formatted according to the template available on the website submission: discussed. Changes to the Plan of Attack can be made, and under "Students" and then "Format of the thesis document". a. 2 hard copies of Final Thesis 3. Proposed Thesis Assignment Approval: the final approach to the thesis must be agreed upon by the Failure to do this could result in the Preliminary Thesis b. CD of Final Thesis in required format Once the PTA is submitted, the Employer Advisor will conclusion of the meeting. A meeting may be conducted at being unapproved by the Faculty Advisor. c. 2 copies of the Final Thesis Submission form receive an e-mail to approve the PTA via Co-op Navigator. the beginning of the project during the Thesis 1 term or at d. 1 hard copy of the Abstract form Upon approval from the Employer Advisor, the PTA will the end of the project during the Thesis 2 term. Students should include the following with the Preliminary Thesis be forwarded to the students degree department to locate a submission: 15. Final Thesis Approval Faculty Advisor. This may take up to six weeks. Upon Steps to complete on academic term between a. Preliminary Company Approval Letter Missing the deadlines for the Final Thesis approval may faculty acceptance, the PTA is processed, the student is Thesis terms: (available on website) jeopardize a student’s ability to graduate by his/her intended registered for thesis terms and a confirmation e-mail is b. Preliminary Thesis Submission Form graduation date. Upon approval by the Faculty Advisor, the generated out to the student, Faculty Advisor and 8. "Completing Your Thesis" Meeting (available on website) student is issued a grade for the thesis. Faculty Advisors Employer Advisor. Thesis Services offers a "Completing Your Thesis" Meeting. c. Abstract Form have the discretion to award "Pass," "Fail" or "Pass with The student should attend this meeting the academic term (submit through Co-op Navigator & print 1 hard copy) Distinction" grades. A student who has received a grade of 4. Initial Contact: between their Thesis I and Thesis II terms. The meeting is d 1 hard copy of your Preliminary Thesis "Pass" has fulfilled the thesis as a graduation requirement. A It is the student's responsibility to make Initial Contact focused on providing information about the writing and student who has received a grade of "Fail" will be required to with the Faculty Advisor upon receiving notice that his/her submission of the preliminary and final thesis including the 12. Preliminary Thesis Approval select a new thesis topic and start over. A student who has PTA has been approved by Kettering University. Typically, formatting template. Meeting dates are posted on the If the Faculty Advisor approves the Preliminary Thesis, the received a grade of "Pass with Distinction" will have the this step comes during the student's academic term prior to website. Thesis Coordinator will conduct a format review of the grade denoted in transcripts and will receive a certificate beginning the Thesis I work term. This Initial Contact Preliminary Thesis. The thesis will then be returned to the expressing exceptional achievement. should be an introduction of the student to the Faculty 9. Chapter 1: student. If the Preliminary Thesis is not approved, the thesis Advisor. It presents a good opportunity for the student and It is the responsibility of the student to ask the Faculty will be returned without a formal review. The student will 16. Graduation Faculty Advisor to briefly discuss the direction of the Advisor if a Chapter 1 review is required. If so, the student make the required corrections and resubmit the Preliminary When all audits are completed and the student has met all project and set up a meeting date and time for a Meeting is to submit a completed Chapter 1 directly to their Faculty Thesis. graduation requirements, the Office of the Registrar will between both advisors and the student. Advisor. Chapter 1 will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisor send a letter of verification to the student’s co-op employer. and returned to the student prior to the student’s Thesis II 13. Thesis Title Pages and Evaluation by Employer At that time, it is recommended that the student be 5. Plan of Attack: term. Chapter 1 is the introductory chapter to the thesis and Advisor Completed considered a full-time employee and no longer a co-op Students should complete a Plan of Attack in preparation should contain the following information: Prior to leaving your employment, you will be responsible student, even though this change of status could occur well for the thesis. A student will identify the various steps, a. Problem Topic: A single clear statement describing for getting three title pages signed by your Employer before graduation. methods employed and timelines for completion of his/her the exact problem being addressed and the nature of Advisor. As well, the Employer Thesis Evaluation should thesis project. It should also reflect the student's ability to the end result sought. be completed by the Employer Advisor via Co-op Navigator Additional Information: analyze the problem and develop a logical approach to its b. Background: Provide an orientation regarding the and the Thesis Abstract approved. Binding Procedures: solution. Typically, students will create a Gantt chart problem being addressed by the thesis. Final thesis copies are sent to the binding company once a month and are dropped off specifying the timelines and deadlines for thesis c. Criteria and Parameter Restrictions: Identify the 14. Submit Final Thesis to Thesis Services the following month; therefore, there will be approximately a six to eight week time frame before sending the bound copies to the Employer Advisor. Two bound theses will submission. It is suggested the Plan of Attack be completed criteria and parameters of the project if the project The Final Thesis submission follows the Faculty Advisor be sent directly to the Employer Advisor - one copy for the employer and one copy and e-mailed to the Faculty and Employer Advisors by involves the creation of a design. If the project does approval of the Preliminary Thesis. Students must make all intended for the student. However, it is up to the discretion of the student's employer to week 1 of Thesis I. A sample Plan of Attack & Gantt Chart content and formatting changes denoted on the Preliminary provide the student with a copy. Kettering University will mail the student copy directly not involve a design, the heading may just be Criteria. to the student if the company gives the university approval on the "Bound Copies Distribu- are available on the website. d. Methodology: Give the major steps of the procedure Thesis before submitting the Final Thesis for Review. tion Approval Form" (available on website under "Employer" and then “Thesis used in solving the problem, so the reader will Missing the deadlines for the Final Thesis submission may Forms"). Extra bound copies can be made for students at a charge of $20. Extra copies will be sent to the employer advisor (unless direct shipment approval) and require immediately know the solution was achieved in a jeopardize a student's ability to participate in commence- Steps to complete during the Thesis I term: approval on the “Bound Copies Distribution Approval Form”. systematic and valid way. ment and graduate by his/her intended graduation date. Confidential: 6. Conduct Research: e. Primary Purpose: State that the thesis presents the To declare confidentiality, a letter of confidentiality must be received in Thesis Services. results of the investigation. Students should include the following for their Final Thesis Review Until the letter is received, the thesis won’t be handled in a confidential manner. A form The student should adhere to the timelines accordingly letter is available on the website under “Student” or “Employer” “Thesis Forms”. f. Overview: Summarize the introduction. submission: