Guidelines and Forms
There are three sets of guidelines that apply to the Master Thesis within College
of Science and Engineering at University of Houston-Clear Lake: CSE Guidelines for
a Thesis Proposal, UH-Clear Lake Thesis Formatting Guide and Library Formatting Requirements.
CSE Guidelines are above and beyond the UH-Clear Lake Guidelines. Some colleges, including
CSE, specify more details beyond the UH-Clear Lake guidelines.
CSE Guidelines - Thesis Proposal
The proposal should employ good grammar and proper sentence construction with correct
spelling and punctuation. The proposal should be typed and well organized. If acronyms
or very specialized words are used, a glossary of definitions should be available
in the appendix. The proposal should be written as though the reader was a typical
scientist or engineer and not a specialist on the topic of the proposal. Referenced
publications or prior studies listed in the bibliography should be cited in the body
of the proposal. Follow the Style Manual appropriate for your discipline as recommended
by your Thesis Chair. For detailed information, please visit CSE Guidelines - Thesis Proposal.
UH-Clear Lake Guidelines - Thesis Formatting
These guidelines serve as the technical blueprint for the thesis. The responsibility
of ensuring that these university guidelines are followed lies with the student, the
thesis committee, the library, and the Office of the Associate Dean. The responsibility
for the scholarship of the thesis lies directly with the student and the thesis committee,
particularly the thesis chair, and indirectly with the Office of the Associate Dean.
The completed thesis is an index of the scholarly ability of its author. The final
copy must be a professional quality manuscript, correct in spelling, grammar, and
punctuation. Ordinarily, future tense and the use of first person pronouns are not
acceptable. For detailed information, please visit Library Guidelines- Thesis Formatting Requirements.
Library Guidelines- Thesis Formatting Requirements
Dissertations and theses that are submitted as partial fulfillment of the requirements
for UHCL doctoral and master's degrees are preserved by UHCL's Alfred R. Neumann Library
in three ways:
- One bound copy, recorded in the UH Libraries online catalog, is shelved in the Library's
circulating collection. Scholars at UHCL or other institutions may borrow the circulating
- Another bound copy is maintained in the UHCL Archives in Neumann Library. This copy
may not be circulated.
- A third copy of the completed thesis (which may be printed on plain computer paper)
is submitted to University Microfilms to be digitized and indexed in Dissertation
Abstracts (a printed index) and Dissertations and Theses (an online database.) These
indexing tools inform scholars of the primary literature created by students. Inclusion
in these indexing tools is required by UHCL unless specific permission to withhold
it is granted by the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Any dissemination
of the text of your document by UMI is governed by the agreement that you sign with
UMI, but submission of your document is required by the University in order to facilitate
indexing and to offer one more place where your document is preserved.
As the repository for UHCL dissertations and theses, Neumann Library is charged with
making sure the documents submitted for preservation meet the format standards of
University Microfilms. Any other content, beyond the formatting listed in the Formatting
Guide, is subject to the approval of your dissertation or thesis committee. For detailed
information, please visit Library Guidelines- Thesis Formatting Requirements.
Guidelines For Research Involving Humans or Animals
If you are planning to conduct research that involves vertebrate animals or humans,
you are required to include the appropriate application forms in your research proposal.
You will subsequently be required to submit the application to the appropriate UH-Clear
Lake committee (e.g., IACUC [Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee] or CPHS
[Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects]) and receive approval before beginning
any work on your research project. IACUC and/or CPHS applications and approval documents
must be included in the final research report submitted.
The required information and application forms can be found at the locations listed
- For research involving vertebrate animals
- For research involving human subjects
Print out the appropriate forms, complete them and attach to your research proposal.
- Protection of Human Subjects
- CPHS Application Form
- Consent and Assent Forms
- Federal and University Guidelines
- Master's Option Course Enrollment
- Guidelines for a Thesis Proposal
- Thesis Sample Pages
- Registration Form and Record of Independent Study
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