Steps to Graduation
The Graduate School has compiled a helpful outline to assist you in the graduation process. There are important forms that are due in the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate. You can find detailed information and the steps to graduation in the Forms page of the Graduate School website.
When traveling with state, LSU, department, or research grant funds, certain procedures are necessary. All LSU travel must be authorized in advance. Proper procedure is even more important if you expect reimbursement for all or part of your travel costs. Always find out in advance what is necessary concerning authorization, receipts, and reimbursement. You should consult with the graduate secretary on these matters several weeks prior to intended travel. Graduate students delivering research papers at professional meetings are eligible for travel grant support by applying for the Graduate Students Travel Award.
Thesis and Dissertation Aids
Thesis and Dissertation Defense Sign Template for Announcement Fliers
LSU formatting guide for thesis writing
The LSU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Library (ETD) – for samples
Developing a strong thesis statement (c/o UNC at Chapel Hill)
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Job listings
American Anthropological Association Job listings
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Job listings
National Geographic Job listings
Purdue OWL online resume workshop
The LSU Career Center online
Graduate Student Responsibilities
Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of rules and regulations of the Graduate School and departmental requirements concerning their individual degree programs. Since requirements and programs are subject to change, students should at all times be aware of current regulations. Each student is personally responsible for completing all requirements established for his or her degree by the university, college, and department. It is the student’s responsibility to learn these requirements; a student’s advisor or counselor may not assume that responsibility. Students should also be aware that ignorance of a rule is not justification for waiving the rule.
General Graduate Program Policies
- Professionals in geography and anthropology nurture the following characteristics: punctuality, efficiency, and clarity. Accordingly, we discourage incomplete grades in courses, sloppy work and work-habits, and disorganized research and instructional presentation.
- Students should meet with their assigned advisor each semester to ensure they understand degree requirements, are following correct course sequences, and are making progress to complete all degree and program requirements in the appropriate time.
- We urge all incoming students to become involved in the Geography and Anthropology Society (GAS)—the department’s organization of graduate students and faculty.
- The Forum, a series of scholarly public lectures, is an integral part of the department’s scholarly life. They are customarily held on Friday afternoons, and all graduate students are expected to attend these lectures. Attendance is strongly encouraged for graduate students on assistantships.
- All students presenting papers at professional conferences are required to participate in a departmental paper practice session organized for that conference. All graduate students and fellowship assistants are expected to participate in these practice sessions, listening to other student papers and providing critique where appropriate as part of their duties.
- Graduate teaching assistants should familiarize themselves with all University and departmental procedures pertaining to instructional responsibilities. Advanced geography doctoral students on assistantships often have the opportunity to teach introductory courses in physical and human geography.
- Advanced masters and doctoral graduate students are often invited to make scholarly presentations to incoming students. These presentations highlight research design, preliminary data analysis, and provisional conclusions.