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Thesis Proposal and Defense
Information about obtaining forms mentioned is available at www.ohio.edu/engineering/biomedical/forms.  Forms should be submitted to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee's signature.  Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with Thesis and Dissertation Services and its Web pagewww.ohio.edu/graduate/etd.cfm, particularly the Full TAD Guidelines.

A. Thesis Proposal. The student will prepare a written formal research proposal. Students must review Russ College policies on plagiarism prior to preparing their theses (www.ohio.edu/engineering/plagiarism). He or she will give an oral presentation of the proposal to the thesis committee. The length of the written proposal is expected to be 10 to 20 double-spaced typewritten pages. The oral presentation should take approximately 20 minutes and should include the use of visual aids (e.g., PowerPoint slides). A copy of the written proposal must be in the hands of the thesis committee members no later than 14 days prior to the oral presentation. The members of the thesis committee must be informed of the date, place, and time of the oral presentation no later than 14 days prior to the oral presentation. Students must pass the thesis proposal no later than the end of the second semester. Students should take the Final M.S. Course of Study Proposal Approval Form to the oral presentation. If they pass, they should obtain all signatures at that time and submit the form along with a copy of the proposal to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee's signature. Note that changes to the program of study may be made by obtaining the Revised M.S. Course of Study Form. Once all signatures are obtained, submit the form to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee's signature. No changes in the program of study will be approved for the addition or deletion of a course for which a grade has already been received.

B. Thesis Defense. A written thesis must be prepared describing the student's completed research work. The thesis must be defended orally before the thesis committee. An electronic thesis prepared according to university guidelines is required. Students must again review Russ College policies on plagiarism (www.ohio.edu/engineering/plagiarism) prior to preparing their theses. Students must follow the Guidelines for Submission of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (www.ohio.edu/graduate/etd.cfm).


1. At least four weeks prior to the date of the thesis defense, submit the Russ College of Engineering and Technology Arrangements for Oral Examination Form and the Statement of Originality to the BME office, which will rout the forms to the Russ College Dean's office.
2. At least two weeks prior to the date of the examination:

(a) submit a copy of the thesis to each member of the thesis committee;

(b) submit an electronic copy of the thesis in PDF format to the administrative associate in the Dean's office for the initial plagiarism check and to Thesis and Dissertation Services (TAD) for the format check; 

(c) advise the thesis committee of the place, date, and time of the defense.

3. Thesis Defense Approval Form. All previous forms must be on file before turning this in to the BME office. After passing the defense, have the form signed by your committee members. You might have to make changes to your thesis before obtaining the signatures, especially that of your advisor. After obtaining all necessary signatures, return the form to the BME office, which will forward the form to the Dean's office and keep a copy for the BME office. The Dean's office will send a copy of the signed form to TAD Services. Keep a copy for your own records.

4. Submission of Final Thesis.

Submit the final version of your thesis, in PDF format, to the administrative associate in the Dean's office and to TAD Services. Both final submissions must be complete by the deadline for the semester in which you graduate.

Biomedical Engineering program
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
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Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Tel: 740.597.2797
Fax: 740.593.0873
Email: biomed@ohio.edu

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