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Binding Formatting Guide

Guidelines for Formatting a Senior Honors Thesis

In preparing your thesis for submission, please refer to these guidelines.

I. Title Page - download example here

II. Acknowledgement Page - Each thesis may contain a short bibliography identifying the students' academic history and collegiate accomplishments. This space may also be used to give acknowledgement to those who assisted the student in completing the thesis.

III. Table of Contents - Each thesis should include a comprehensive listing of the thesis' chapters and/or subsections.

IV. Page Numbering - Each thesis should be numbered beginning with page 1. The title page is always considered the first page of the document, and is the only page in the document that does not require a page number.

V. Preparing for Binding

  • For the university copies you must use at least 20lb., 8 ½" X 11" white bond paper with 50% rag content (50% cotton paper).
  • The manuscript should be typed on a computer, word processor, or typewriter. When copying your manuscript use an electrostatic process, such as Xerox copies. Means of duplication that are NOT ACCEPTABLE include mimeographing or any fluid process.
  • A serif font should be used throughout the document in size 10, 11, or 12-point. Most students use Courier New.
  • Tables, graphs, and charts should be embedded throughout the document or can be collected at the end of the main body of text. Captions for these figures should be in 10, 11 or 12-point sized text and describe the model in 2-3 sentences.
  • The left margin of your document must be at least one and one-half inches (1½"). When binding the document the spine will be on the left side so the extra space is needed. The right margin, top margin and bottom margin must all be one inch (1").
  • All copies of your thesis MUST include the following items IN THE ORDER LISTED:
    1. A blank sheet of bond paper at the beginning of each copy submitted.
    2. Title Page - download example here
    3. Signature Page - download example here - the three required copies must have ORIGINAL SIGNATURES of the committee members and the student. Photo copies of signatures are not acceptable.
    4. Acknowledgement (optional)
    5. Abstract title page - download example here
    6. Abstract (should not exceed 150 words)
    7. Table of Contents
    8. Body of text
    9. References
    10. A blank sheet of bond paper at the end of each copy submitted. Please note a colored sheet of paper must be inserted between each copy of document.

VI. Binding the Thesis 

The Binding Deadline: The binding deadline is the date that you must submit the signed copies of your thesis to your college's department. This is the opportunity for you to attain the dean's signature for the signature pages. Once you have attained all the required signatures on the signature pages, you may then get the thesis bound. For binding, The Honors College suggests using Legacy Bookbinding Plus at 6999 W. Little York, Suite K Houston, TX 77040, 713-934-7738.

Three (3) bound copies are required of your thesis and all three copies should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research. One (1) copy will go to The Honors College's Estess Library, one (1) copy will go to the MD Anderson Library's general collection, and one (1) copy will go to the MD Anderson Library's special collection. The Honors College will submit your bound theses to the libraries for you. You may make additional copies for yourself and for your advisor(s) if you choose at the time you submit the required copies. Many students have 5 copies bound, so they can keep one and give one to their advisor or to a family member. Please be aware that your college does not require a copy of your undergraduate thesis.

The Honors College will reimburse you up to $150 for the binding expenditures. Students must be in good standing in the thesis studio program to receive a thesis binding reimbursement. Please complete this binding request form 1 and binding request forms 2, and attach your book binding receipt to the forms. Then bring these forms to your thesis director to sign for approval. The completed forms should be returned to the Office of Undergraduate Research in The Honors College, room 211 in the M.D. Anderson Library.


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