i) Introduction: The Dissertation begins with a scholarly introduction (Chapter 1). This section should include a historical review of the area of research followed by a critical evaluation of the current status of the field. The student should then present working hypotheses and give an introduction to the system and the thesis research. The student should consult with his or her mentor in order to agree upon how extensive a historical review is appropriate to the Dissertation.
ii) Manuscripts: The body of the Thesis should be in the form of manuscripts that have been or are ready to be submitted for publication in a journal. Published manuscripts may be inserted just as they were published, but satisfying the left margin requirement. Each manuscript will constitute a chapter and will include a brief Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, and Discussion, with the order and format as in the publication. The candidate must be the first author of these manuscripts and must be responsible for their preparation. A footnote must give bibliographic information for the manuscript constituting the chapter. This information should include the full names of the authors, institutional affiliations, the journal and the status of the manuscript (i.e., submitted, published or in press).
iii.) A separate chapter(s) should be included for unpublished data, or published data where the student is not the first author. If the work was done by the student, but it not sufficient for publication, this chapter should use the same format as described for submitted manuscripts If the work was primarily that of someone else’s, but the student contributed, two options are available: 1) The student may extract his or her own work from the study or a manuscript for presentation in the Dissertation; 2) The manuscript may be included as a chapter if the student was responsible for the preparation of a significant portion of the manuscript. For all multi-authored manuscripts, the exact contribution of the student should be stated in an introductory statement or footnote preceding this chapter. If figures from a multi-author manuscript are used, it is imperative to indicate which figures are the student’s work and which represent the work of other authors. In all cases in which figures are used, appropriate acknowledgement must be given. In addition, any contributions of co-authors must also be specified in the acknowledgment section. Wherever pertinent, coworkers and helpers and other contributors should be acknowledged in the body of the text.
iv.) Conclusions: The Dissertation should end with a general discussion of the studies that have been conducted, including an assessment of the significance of the research, arguments of interpretation, evaluation of material included in appendices, and a proposed plan for the experimental resolution of unanswered questions.