A thesis is an original, independent research project undertaken your senior year with the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Benefits of a Thesis
The Honors thesis presents both a great opportunity and a great challenge; however, there are various benefits of completing an Honors thesis:
Consider a problem you would like to solve or a question you want to answer. What will you contribute to society? The Honors thesis allows in-depth discovery of a topic you choose, with the potential to inspire growth in yourself or the global community.
Writing the thesis can also prove a benefit when applying to graduate or professional school, or applying to a job after graduation. Admissions committees in many of the best graduate and professional schools often consider students especially well-qualified who have already participated successfully in the original research represented by an Honors thesis.
Completing an the Honors Thesis is a requirement for graduating with honors and complete the honors minors. You can find the distinction between the two here.
Additionally, it is possible to have the Honors Course 4390B: Honors Thesis count as a substitution for another course in your major. The instructions on this form will help you understand if you qualify. If you do qualify then make sure you fill out the form and take it with you to the meeting you are required to schedule to approve your thesis. Check out the first section in Process and Requirements for more information about this meeting.
Completion of an Honors thesis is celebrated at the annual Honors College Awards ceremony, where students earn a crystal medallion to wear at commencement.
Your name and thesis title are prominently displayed in the commencement program, and explicitly acknowledged during the ceremony.
The printed Honors thesis is bound in a hard cover and housed in the Honors Coffee Forum as well as archived in the University's Albert B. Alkek Library. You also have the option to list your completed thesis on the Online Thesis Library, showcasing your distinguished status of a published author.