Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

Why do some places say that candidacy is due October 31st or February 28th and other places say that it is due in August? 

How do I change my thesis committee?

One or more of my thesis committee members will be unavailable to sign, what do I do? 

I'd like an additional copy of my thesis.  Does Rice recommend any binderies?

What if I am offered the opportunity to publish my thesis later, who has the copyright of the thesis? 

I am off campus and still need access to the Rice Network while finishing my thesis for submission, how do I do this if I am not registered?

A vanity press contacted me regarding the pubication of my thesis.  What does this mean?

My sixth month thesis submission deadline falls on a weekend or holiday?  Can I submit it after the weekend or holiday?  

Answers and Resources

Why do some places say that candidacy is due October 31st or February 28th and other places say that it is due in August? 

There are factors that affect when your candidacy petition is due.  The first, based on when you started your degree program is referred to as a "time-boundary" for more information on time boundaries, look here.  For your reference, personalized time boundaries can be found on your Esther page.  In some cases a student may achieve candidacy and plan to defend before their candidacy is actually due.  In that case the candidacy petitions are due October 31st for a January conferral and February 1st for a May conferral.  These are referred to as "deadlines" and are based upon when a program would be finished rather than when it began. 

How do I change my thesis committee?   

If you have already achieved candidacy but have not yet defended, you may change your thesis committee following these guidelines.  All changes to a thesis committee must be made prior to a defense. 

One or more of my thesis committee members will be unavailable to sign, what do I do? 

If time is not particularly pressing, you will find an express mail service the best way to complete these requirements.  Please consult with your department coordinator.  You may also review this page for specific signature requirements.  

I'd like an additional copy of my thesis.  Does Rice recommend any binderies? 

If you wish to have more copies of your thesis bound for your personal collection, you may contact one of these bookbindersPlease make sure that you understand that the information provided here is being provided freely, and that no kind of agreement or contract has been created between the companies listed above and Rice University nor the office of Graduate and Postdoctoral  Studies.  Their inclusion in this website is not intended to endorse the services offered by the companies  listed.

What if I am offered the opportunity to publish my thesis later, who has the copyright of the thesis? 

As the author of your thesis, the student holds the implicit copyright of the thesis. 

I am off campus and still need access to the Rice Network while finishing my thesis for submission, how do I do this if I am not registered?

You will be able to do this by registering for DSRT 999.  Please read this website to learn more.   

A vanity press contacted me regarding the publication of my thesis.  What does this mean?

We’ve received other queries about vanity presses contacting students regarding the publication of their theses.  These companies include AV Akademikerverlag  and  VDM Publishing House Ltd.  We think that this is likely a generic inquiry from a press soliciting your work.  Your work is available at this time (or will be soon) from ProQuest as well as the Fondren Library.  Dean Sanders advises you to ignore the inquiry.  

There is quite a bit of conversation about this here: http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php?topic=45997.0

My sixth month thesis submission deadline falls on a weekend or holiday? Can I submit it after the weekend or holiday?

No. The thesis must be submitted prior to the thesis submission date. Extension requests without reexamination must be made by the candidate with the unanimous support of the thesis committee, endorsed by the school dean, and approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please note, if the student is unavailable the thesis may be submitted by proxy.