The first step in pursuing the thesis option is to file the student request that switches the Advisement Report to the thesis option. Second, in consultation with your advisor, the members of the thesis committee must be selected. The thesis committee consists of a minimum of three (maximum four) UNI Faculty members, at least two of which must be Science Education Faculty where one of them serves as the Chair of the committee and major research advisor. Additional members must be CHAS or COE faulty and all members must be on the UNI Graduate Faculty. Your assigned graduate faculty advisor may serve as the Thesis Committee Chair and act as your major research advisor, or if the area of research warrants, a new major advisor can be selected and become the Thesis Committee Chair. Committee members must be selected before the research project is designed and conducted and should be chosen with the assistance of your advisor. A thesis committee approval form must be submitted to the Science Education Graduate Coordinator and Graduate College for approval. The thesis committee assists the student in research design and in the writing of the thesis. The committee eventually accepts or rejects the thesis. Please note that the expected turn around time for feedback on drafts from your advisor and readers should be no less than two (2) weeks. Be sure to plan and communicate a proposed timeline with your advisor to ensure timely completion of a quality project and paper.
It is strongly recommended that SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science Education (or MEASRES 6205) precede initiation of the research project. Before beginning the thesis research project, a formal written proposal of the study to be performed must be presented to the Thesis Committee. The proposal usually consists of what will become the first three chapters of the final thesis. If the study involves human participants, a form must be submitted to and approved by the Institutional Review Board at UNI before data collection begins.
SCI ED 6299 Research
The thesis option requires six (6) hours of SCI ED 6299 research credit. These six (6) hours may be taken in any combination at any time during the program, but should not be started until some direction in research has been determined by the student and the major advisor. Project completion requirements to earn SCI ED 6299 credit are listed in Appendix B.
Thesis Preparation and Presentation
Samples thesis products are available in the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) in MSH 160 or on-line through the Rod Library Institutional Repository. Your advisor may also have samples available for you to review. Specific requirements regarding the preparation and formatting of the thesis can be found in the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual.
Science Education uses APA style, 6th edition; however, the Graduate College manual supersedes this style in certain instances (such as margins and headings).
A public thesis presentation is required of the thesis project. This must be held before officially submitting the thesis to the graduate college. See the Important Dates for Graduate Students on the Graduate College home page for specific dates. Specific information regarding the preparation and presentation of the thesis is in Appendix F.
Once approved, (1) electronic copy and one (1) paper copy, printed on 24 pound white bond paper, 8½ x 11 inch, acid free, 25% or 100% cotton paper must be submitted to the graduate college. If a hardbound copy of your thesis is desired by yourself or your advisor, additional paper copies can be mailed or delivered to the Science Education Secretary. These copies will be professionally bound by Science Education free of charge to the student.