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FM: Dedication and acknowledgments (optional)

Dedication and acknowledgments (optional)

Generally, the dedication contains a more personal note to family or loved ones, while the acknowledgments usually consist of professional and academic assistance. The dedication and the acknowledgments should be on separate pages.

  1. Double-spaced.
  2. The dedication and acknowledgments cannot exceed three pages combined.
  3. Headings: The dedication does not require a heading, but “ACKNOWLEDGMENTS” should be in all capitals and centered between the margins on the acknowledgments page.
  4. Text: The text of the dedication may be centered vertically on the page. The text of the acknowledgments should follow the indentation of paragraphs recommended by your style guide.
  5. The end of your acknowledgments is an excellent place to note sponsorship or funding for your research, i.e., military, corporate, etc.