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Senior Thesis/Independent Project

Co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, the University Honors Program will host the annual Thesis Celebration on Tuesday, April 14 from 5pm-7pm in the Learning Commons of the Monroe Library. Learn, discuss, and celebrate with our Honors seniors as you peruse the results of their year-long research and creative projects. The event will feature poster presentations representing all colleges and disciplines at the university. View the program»

Honors Thesis/Senior Project requirement:

All Honors students must complete an original work of undergraduate research, thesis, or senior project and the project’s associated research and revisions process. Completion and public presentation of the work is required for completion of the Honors Program. This is usually accomplished in one of two ways:

HONSH 491 Honors Thesis – This is a 3 H-hour course that students usually take in the Fall of their senior year. They work closely with the Honors Director and a faculty thesis advisor to complete their original work. Presentations are sponsored by the Honors Program during the Spring semester, but students have many options on how to present their work.

Departmental Research/Thesis/Project – Many university departments offer a course for student participation in an original work of undergraduate research, thesis, or senior capstone project; and some tie completion of such a project to “Departmental Honors” distinction. The Honors Program encourages Honors students to participate in such courses where available, as completion and presentation of such a project in a departmental setting will satisfy the Honors thesis requirement, if not the H-hours associated (please see below).

Important Forms and Helpful Documents

All students planning to graduate from the UHP before December 2016, whether doing their thesis in Honors or in their department, must fill out and get the proper signatures on the Thesis Contract Form and return it to the University Honors Program office by April 15, 2015. These students should print and refer to the detailed Timeline for Thesis 2015-2016

Helpful Guidelines

Departmental Information: Students completing Departmental projects must inform the Honors Program of their intention to complete a Departmental project and identify the associated course, professor, and time of Departmental presentation of work. These students must also meet Honors Thesis requirements as put forth in the above documents.