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Thesis Writing Course

Spring 2018 Update: UGST 405-900 will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM in HECC 104
Students at Texas A&M University at Galveston:  Contact Dr. Elizabeth Borda at bordae@tamug.edu with questions about the Galveston section.


Thesis Writing (UGST 405) is a 1-credit hour seminar course offered in the spring semester exclusively for students participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program. Enrollment in the class is not required for participation in the program, but is a great opportunity for any Undergraduate Research Scholar who needs writing instruction or would like assistance with thesis preparation. The course also serves to satisfy one credit of writing-intensive (W) course requirements for graduation. Note: Enrollment priority will be given to seniors who need a writing-intensive (W) course to graduate.

This course is taught by Dr. Sarah M. Misemer, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research, and features topics such as:

  • Thesis Writing
  • Academic Publishing
  • Copyright and Digital Citizenship
  • Research Presentations
  • Bibliographical Resources

Limited seats are available in the course. This course is available to students on both main campus and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Students at Texas A&M University at Galveston should contact Dr. Elizabeth Borda at bordae@tamug.edu with questions about the Galveston section.

Enrollment

Before you enroll in this course, contact your department/major advising office to confirm that they have submitted a “Department Request for W Course Sections” form to assure that you will receive writing-intensive (W) credit for completing this course. Contact us at ugr@tamu.edu if your department has not approved the course for writing-intensive (W) credit.

Your Faculty Advisor will play a central role in this course, and you will be expected to meet at regular intervals to assure that you are making adequate progress on your thesis and presentation. Your Faculty Advisor must read and suggest revisions to your thesis drafts to satisfy the writing-intensive (W) requirement.

Course Objectives

In this course, Undergraduate Research Scholars will learn how to:

  • Access information and search the scholarly literature
  • Cite and document sources properly
  • Prepare a formal research thesis
  • Make scholarly presentations (poster and oral)
  • Utilize this information to complete the Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis and Presentation

Required Texts
Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis Manual and the Thesis Example, available for download on our resources page.
Recommended Texts
Style guide of your choice (e.g. Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations; American Institute of Biological Sciences Style Manual; ACS Style Guide; Publication Manual of the APA; The MLA Handbook; Style Manual for Biological Journals; or The Chicago Manual of Style).
Software

RefWorks or EndNote bibliographic software (available for free to TAMU students through the University Libraries) will be extremely helpful in completing your thesis.
 

Grading and Course Requirements

Thesis Writing is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) and successful completion of the the course is largely based on meeting the basic requirements for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Students must complete final theses to receive credit for the course.

To achieve a Satisfactory grade, students must:

  • Attend all class meetings (with a maximum of one unexcused absence)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisors on a regular schedule
  • Hand in assignments on time
  • Present during Student Research Week or another public venue
  • Complete and upload a thesis deemed satisfactory by Undergraduate Research and Faculty Advisors by the specified deadline

NOTE: If you fail to attend class sessions or fail to finish your Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis you will not receive writing-intensive (W) credit for this course. This may prevent you from graduating if you are expecting this to be one of your required writing-intensive (W) courses.

If you have any questions about the Thesis Writing Class, please contact us at ugr@tamu.edu.