School of Earth Sciences Senior Theses

If you are submitting an Honors Research Thesis (for graduation with "Honors Research Distinction") or an Undergraduate Research Thesis (for graduation with "Research Distinction"), please follow the Submission Instructions for Undergraduate Research Theses and Honors Research Theses.

Instructions for submitting to the School of Earth Sciences Senior Theses collection in the Knowledge Bank. If you have questions or problems with the procedures below, please send a message to


If you would like to request a delay of dissemination (embargo) of your thesis in the Knowledge Bank, please contact your thesis advisor before submitting your thesis. To request a one, three, or five year embargo, a Delay of Dissemination form signed by you and your thesis advisor must be submitted to the Geology Library along with the paper copy of your thesis. 

Whether or not you request a delay, you must complete steps 1-5 below to electronically submit your thesis. You will have an opportunity in the submission process to alert the Libraries that your thesis should not be made available in the Knowledge Bank immediately.

1. Login to the Knowledge Bank to auto-register. You can do steps 1 and 2 any time during the semester that you intend to submit your thesis to the Knowledge Bank.

  • Go to:
  • Click on "Login" in the left-hand column under "My Account".
  • Click on "OSU Login".
  • Sign in with your OSU account (lastname.# and password) to be directed to your Submissions page
  • OR if your OSU login is already in effect in your browser, you will be taken directly to your Submissions page.

NOTE: You will not be able to select a collection to submit to until you are authorized to submit to the appropriate collection (see step 2 below).

2. Fill out the web form below and click on [Submit] to inform the Knowledge Bank staff that you have registered. They will authorize you to submit your thesis to the appropriate collection. Knowledge Bank staff will send you an e-mail when you have been authorized. If you have not heard back from Knowledge Bank staff within two business days, please email

Once authorized, when you click on "start a new submission" after logging in you will see the name of the Senior Theses collection in the collection dropdown on the "Select a collection" screen. Before you are authorized this collection will not be available.

Is this an Honors Research Thesis or a Research Thesis for graduation with "Research Distinction"?


Note: This form will not automatically authorize you.  The Knowledge Bank staff will receive your request via this form and they will authorize you.

3. Convert your thesis to PDF format. (Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted.)

Note: Please do not use spaces or special characters in your PDF filename. Spaces and special characters — such as [ , ] , ( , ) , ! , é , and ü — can prevent access to your thesis via the web once it is in the Knowledge Bank. Examples of properly named PDFs include: your_name_thesis.pdf, name_thesis_20090602.pdf. Also, please remember that the filename of your thesis will be visible to the general public.

4. Submit your thesis to the Knowledge Bank.

  • Go to:
  • Click on "Login".
  • Click on "OSU Login".
  • After logging in, click on "start a new submission".
  • Select your collection from the dropdown. Note: you will not be able to select a collection until you are authorized to submit (step 2 above).
  • Follow the steps of the submission form.

Note: During the submission process, you will be asked whether or not you requested an embargo (or delayed dissemination) for your thesis and for how long.

Note: As a repository for digital assets, OSU's Knowledge Bank acts as a permanent archive. All items submitted remain as is at the time of submission, just as books once published remain in the form in which they were printed. PDF files once placed in the Knowledge Bank will not be modified.

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5. Your work is done but it may take the Knowledge Bank staff 2 to 3 business days to add your thesis to the Knowledge Bank. The system will send an email to you when it has been added informing you of the web address of your thesis. Items in the Knowledge Bank are indexed by Google but it may take two weeks before you will be able to find it in Google.

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