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Supervising a Thesis

Supervising an honors student’s thesis is equivalent to directing an independent study. The honors thesis should be interdisciplinary in focus to go beyond the scope of a research project, with the understanding that it is not intended to be the equivalent of a master's thesis.

Honors students completing their thesis to graduate in the Honors College must enroll in HON 4390B. Each student must have a signed thesis application from a thesis supervisor to register for this course.

Examples of previous undergraduate theses can be found on the eCommons website.

We encourage all faculty supervisors to meet regularly with their thesis students as the particular project demands. Each honors student turns in a rough draft to the Dean of the Honors College  mid-semester and makes an oral presentation at the Honors Thesis Forum or the Undergraduate Research Conference near the end of the semester.  The Thesis Forum presentations are attended by the thesis supervisors and are open to the public.

A student who completes the honors thesis to graduate in the Honors College will have his or her name listed in the commencement booklet along with the title of the thesis and supervising professor's name and department. Honors thesis supervisors are presented a certificate and a letter of acknowledgment.