Before Starting Your Research

  • Before starting your graduate research, take some time to familiarize yourself with the forms and guidelines that directly impact all graduate students.

    Before Starting Your ResearchFrequently Asked Questions

    Unsure of how to start? Visit the frequently asked questions for answers to the most common questions students have pertaining to research and the thesis/dissertation process.

    Required Forms

    No student research can begin before a Research Topic Approval Form has been approved by the Graduate Studies office. To access the electronic RTAF, log in to MyIUP. Locate the Academic tab and the Graduate Student Resources folder, then click the Research Topic Approval Form link and follow the on-screen instructions. 

    If you intend to have an outside reader on your doctoral dissertation committee, be sure to have this request approved as early as possible.

    Protection of Human Participants and Animals

    Plan ahead and assume your research will require approval from the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Do not assume that if you are not conducting research directly involving live human participants or vertebrate animals that you will not need approval.

    Copyright and Plagiarism Information

    Issues of copyright infringement and/or plagiarism are serious matters. Review the information provided on U.S. Copyright Law and the university’s policy regarding plagiarism before you start to write.

    More detailed information on committee selection and the research topic approval process can be found in the Thesis-Dissertation Manual.