Division of Nutrition

Thesis Option


The student begins research activities upon signed approval of the proposal by their committee and by The University of Utah Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as required.

The Committee Chair is primarily responsible for directing and guiding the student's research and writing activities. However, the student has the responsibility to keep all members of the committee informed of the scope and progress of both the research and thesis.

Whenever there is a change in the direction of the research, or a change in proposed procedures, it is to the benefit of the student, as well as the committee members, to document such changes and approvals in written form.

Following the concurrence of the student’s Committee Chair, the thesis may be distributed to the committee members. A copy of the thesis, comprised of original work, must be submitted to the members of the supervisory committee at least 10 working days prior to the final thesis examination. The original raw data must remain in the division files. Students should obtain copies of all raw data for their files to be used in preparing a journal article for publication of their research.

In writing the final thesis the student must distill down the various aspects of the research project and produce a succinct, yet complete thesis.  The thesis format is very similar to a full length journal article. The purpose of the thesis format is to facilitate the transition of the student’s thesis to a journal submission following the successful thesis defense.


Students should access a copy of the Handbook for Theses and Dissertations from The Graduate School website for use in preparing their thesis.


Twenty to fifty (20-50) is usually appropriate. These references should be in the style of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It is strongly recommended that you use reference manager software which is available on the Division of Nutrition Clinic lab computers.


No limit on pages, however this section must conform to margin guidelines set by the University Handbook for Theses and Dissertations. Any raw data, detailed methods, questionnaires, diet compositions, etc. that are interesting and pertinent to the project, but not appropriate for the Thesis sections as described should be included here.

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