Dissertation Completion Information

  1. Apply for graduation the first week of your last semester
  2. Fill out the graduate student exit survey
  3. Prepare dissertation following the Graduate School's formatting guidelines
  4. Submit dissertation to committee at least 2 weeks before oral defense date
  5. Enter your dissertation title into GradPlan
  6. Check to make sure that all requirements are checked off in GradPlan.
  7. After oral defense, edit dissertation as required by your committee
  8. Submit approval form and AUF documentation to the Graduate School via email: msuetds.approval@grd.msu.edu
  9. Upload edited and formatted dissertation to the Graduate School via ProQuest. Make sure you see the MSU logo on the ProQuest site. Submission does not mean the dissertation is accepted. You will be emailed with any necessary revisions. You will need the following information:
    1. Full text of the dissertation in PDF format. This must be one file. If your manuscript is in a Word or RTF format, you can convert the PDF using a PDF Conversion tool. You also must embed fonts in the PDF. After you have created your account and arrive at this section, you will find a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for the conversion tool and embedding fonts.
    2. Abstract
    3. 'Optional' Supplementary files. Michigan State University does allow supplemental files (audio, video, etc.). Please note that only those files approved by the major professor/committee, as denoted on the Graduate School approval form, are allowed.
    4. Advisor and other Committee Members' Names
    5. Subject Category: from ProQuest's list of subject categories
    6. Degree Granting Unit/Program: Neuroscience - Doctor of Philosophy. Located on Title Page, form in #3, and electronic submission)
    7. Type of Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
  10. Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates

Graduate News

Spring Semester 2017 Neuroscience Graduate Program Newsletter

The May 2017 Neuroscience Graduate Student newsletter.

Sarah Cooper awarded NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship
Sarah Cooper awarded NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship from NIDA

Congratulations to Sarah Cooper on receipt of the NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship for her work on "Determination of morphological and molecular adaptations in ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons by chronic morphine".

Gulbransen and Brown most cited paper

Brian Gulbransen and Isola Brown have most cited and downloaded paper in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2016. 

Neuroscience Graduate Program Newsletter

The December 2016 Neuroscience Graduate Student newsletter features articles on Div-Seq and What Yoga does for your brain.

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