Each student is responsible for identifying a Thesis Director and must do so before registering for the thesis course (HON 490, 3 credits) during their senior year. The ideal time to register for HON 490 is the first semester of the senior year in the event you need two semesters to complete your project. You should choose a director who has an expertise in the subject area of the thesis and who you feel comfortable working with over a sustained period of time. An Honors Senior Thesis Project Registration Form must be signed by the student and faculty member and submitted to the Honors Program Office.
Faculty Thesis Directors are responsible for mentoring students through the entire research and writing process, culminating in a thesis that meets the requirements outlined on the Honors Senior Thesis Project Guidelines.
It is not unusual for students to need two semesters to complete their thesis project. In agreeing to serve as a Thesis Director, faculty commit themselves to meet with the student in person bi-weekly and/or via e-mail to ensure steady progress is being made. They should also provide regular feedback on all thesis–related work such as outlines, drafts, literature surveys, methodology, research instruments, data analysis, etc., as appropriate to the thesis subject or disciplinary area.
Ideally, the thesis manuscript or product should be the culmination of a sustained process of creative activity, research and/or writing. It is the thesis director’s responsibility to assign the final grade for the thesis course and communicate that grade to the Honors Program Office (x 5400) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org at the close of the semester prior to the Office of Registration and Records final grade deadline. Honors Thesis Directors are also strongly encouraged to assist students in presenting their thesis, either at Scholars' Day or at another professional conference or exhibit opportunity. Public presentation of the thesis is a requirement of HON 490.
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