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Honors Thesis Guide

Sample Timeline

Plan ahead! Developing a project, completing research or creative work, and writing your thesis will be a year-long effort at a minimum. Consult with your honors advisor and honors faculty representative to determine a timeline that is appropriate for you.

Freshman & Sophomore Years

  • Explore major options; meet with faculty teaching your courses
  • Ask faculty and advisors about research opportunities in your department
  • Get involved in research to develop topics of interest

Junior Year

  • Discuss thesis options with appropriate faculty
  • Select a faculty supervisor and additional readers (if required)
  • Review current literature
  • Define your thesis topic
  • Begin (or continue) thesis research

Senior Year, fall

  • Submit your thesis proposal form no later than two weeks prior to final exams.
  • Finish thesis research
  • Establish a comprehensive outline to inform your preliminary draft
  • Submit a preliminary draft to your faculty supervisor

Senior Year, spring

  • Please consult your faculty supervisor for discipline-specific guidelines
  • Submit final draft to supervisor and readers by week five
  • Submit revised draft to committee by week ten, and arrange public presentation
  • Submit thesis completion form to the UHP office in 390 Northrop by the last day of final examinations in the semester in which you are graduating
  • Submit PDF copy of thesis according to submission guidelines