October 12, 2009

Electronic Submission of Plan A Theses

To: Directors of Graduate Studies
DGS Assistants
From: The Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) staff
The GSSP staff is pleased to announce improvements to the master's thesis submission process. Effective October 15, 2009, master's Plan A/professional engineering design project students will be able to submit their thesis to the Graduate School electronically. Master's students submitting their thesis electronically will:

submit a PDF of their thesis to a designated email address -
not be required to pay the current $10 binding fee
not be required to submit two unbound paper copies of their thesis to the Graduate School
have their thesis available in the University's Digital Conservancy (UDC) at
Students submitting electronically are required to participate in the UDC. Those unable to submit electronically or who elect not to participate in the UDC, must complete the current paper submission process by submitting two unbound paper copies of their thesis and the related $10 binding fee to the Graduate School.

A notice promoting the new electronic submission process is available at We ask that you post copies of this notice near and within your graduate program office to promote this service. Thank you for your help with sharing the information about electronic submission. An updated version of the master's guidelines, which outline information about thesis formatting and both the electronic and paper submission processes is also available at If you have questions or concerns, please contact GSSP at

Amber Knapp
Coordinator, Masters and Certificate Degree Services

December 17, 2008

GIS Workshops though MPC/CLA

The two workshops will be offered on Friday, January 9th and Friday, January 16th. Interested participants should sign up for one of them. The daylong workshops will provide researchers an introduction to basic GIS concepts and applications. I have attached a flyer that can be posted or circulated. Also, information regarding the training can be found:

PDF File Creation Tool for Word Users

Regarding PDF creation, this option is available in Word 2007. All computer labs should now have Office 2007, and students can get a copy for themselves for free (or cheap if they want the media) from here: There are other freeware programs out there that do this too, but the built-in on from MS is probably the best.

August 29, 2008

Software for students

General software information and locations can be found at:

August 27, 2008

Resources for dealing with harassment

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing you with a respectful academic environment. There is support:

- your advisor, APD, or DGS
- student conflict resolution center (SCRC) 612-624-SRC or
- University counseling and consulting service (UCCS): 612-624-3323 or visit 109 Eddy Hall

For more information on campus resources, visit

August 25, 2008

Fall 2008 Orientation

Friday, 8/22/08, was the Fall MGIS orientation. 16 students attended the day long program and received orientation information. Materials are posted at xxx