The thesis is a written account of the project that includes relevant background, procedural details of the experiments, data from the experiments, and a comprehensive analysis of the results. This document is the centerpiece for the oral examination and serves as the lasting record of each student's research.

"The ACS Style Guide" should be followed in the preparation of the thesis. The only exception to this policy is that figures and tables can be included in the running text of the thesis, if the advisor so desires.

Figures and diagrams should be used whenever possible to avoid lengthy prose descriptions.


  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Abstract
  • Introduction and Theory
  • Experimental
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments

Given the general guidelines above, it is important to consult closely with the advisor so that the thesis meets personal and professional expectations.  The convention in chemistry is to list references as end notes in ACS format.

Physical Arrangement

  • The thesis must be printed on 8.5" x 11" white paper.
  • All margins are to be 1 inch.
  • Pages are to be typed and double spaced.
  • Pages are to be numbered consecutively, at the top, centered.
  • Each main section should be started on a new page.
  • All copies may be duplicated by a photocopy technique, double-sided.
  • The thesis is to be comb bound.