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Thesis and Your Senior Year

Spring 2021 update: CUS remains committed to helping seniors format their thesis. We will have virtual thesis formatting hours Mondays from 5-7 pm PST starting Febuary 1st. The Zoom link can be found in the SB Info email or by contacting CUS. You may also send your questions to or chat us using the "Ask CUS" widget in the lower left of the page. We can also initiate screen shares if you need to show us your thesis. Download the Word, LaTex, R, or Google Doc template.


It's your senior year, and you likely have questions about entering the Land of Thesis. This page is intended to help make your senior year, particularly the technical aspects of writing your thesis, go as smoothly as possible. If you have questions about anything on these pages, email Computer User Services, call us at x7525, or come visit our Help Desk opposite the IRCs.

Thesis Templates

What is a Thesis Template?

One of the first terms you might encounter this year is "thesis template." The thesis templates are pre-made documents in which to write your thesis, so that it is formatted correctly for the Library and Registrar's Office. CUS provides downloadable templates for both Word and LaTeX. We recommend writing your thesis in the template from the beginning.

The thesis template is not just pre-formatted document, it is also an introduction and tutorial to writing your thesis in your program of choice. Before you try to begin writing in the template, take the time to read it!

For in-person help using the thesis templates, drop-in consulting is available any time the Help Desk is open. Or you can email CUS or call us at x7525. The sooner you come and talk to us with questions, the better!

The Senior Handbook

The Senior Handbook can be downloaded from the Registrar Resources Page. It's republished every year and contains useful information for seniors, including a lot of thesis-related information:
  • Formatting requirements
  • Deadlines, both divisional & global
  • Planning your year -- things to think about at the beginning, middle, and end
  • The process of turning your thesis in
  • Degree requirements and credit information

Helpful Resources

Life After Thesis

Believe it or not, life continues after thesis, and there are some things you should start thinking about now.