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 (or corresponding WorkflowGen process for students who began UHP fall 2018 or later) 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 (or corresponding WorkflowGen for students who began UHP fall 2018 or later) 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