Senior Honors To-Do List

Welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED Senior Honors To-Do List!

As you may have noticed, the Honors College has made a few changes this summer. We value the feedback submitted by our students, advisers and faculty in years past, and trust you find these improvements in the best interest of our campus community. We have enacted measures to improve not only our research division, but our commitment to the Green Initiative, as well. New Senior Honors submission requirements and processes are in effect as of Fall 2013, so be sure to thoroughly read the information below. 

Add these important dates to your calendar

By default, deadlines are shown for all Senior Honors courses. To personalize the HoCo calendar, click the dropdown menu (arrow to the right of "Agenda") and choose the course calendar you wish to view. Holiday/weekend deadlines are due the following business day. Missed deadlines jeopardize the student's Honors status.

Students are responsible for ALL deadlines. Please ensure requirements meet the submission dates. 

Senior Honors Requirements 

When completing an online form created by the Honors College, the information will automatically submit to the parties noted below via the email supplied in the form, unless marked * below (see form). The Honors College receives a copy of all completed forms. Each submission window opens on the first day of the semester, and closes seven (7) days after the deadline
Due FromToRequirements
Hon 300StudentOffice of ResearchIntegrity Assurance Program (formerly RCR Training)
StudentAdviser and Chair*Thesis Adviser and Topic Selection
AdviserStudentAdviser Agreement (completed after Selection form)
Hon 301Adviser

HON 301 Professor

Prospectus Approval and Submission
HON 301 ProfessorHoCoRevised, Final Prospectus Submission
xxx492H AdviserHoCo, cc StudentProgress Report/Thesis Draft  -Every semester
AdviserHoCo, cc StudentThesis Approval and Submission -Graduating semester
Semester Prior to Graduation termStudentChairComprehensive Examination Letter 
StudentHoCo

Honors College Degree Application (page 3 of University application)

Student Major Department

University Graduation Application

Semester of GraduationDepartmentHoCo

Students pass comprehensive examinations Departments submit results

StudentHoCoAquila Research Taxonomy
StudentHoCoExit Survey

Senior Honors Optional Submissions 

Research Scholarship

Withdrawal Notification    

 

Other Quick Links

Honors College Handbook

Guide for Writing the Prospectus

Guide for Writing the Senior Thesis


Important Information for Thesis Advisers

Important Information for Department Chairs

 

Prospectus

The prospectus is the research plan, detailing the project as accurately as possible. The manuscript should include the following: a clear statement of objectives of the study/hypotheses/research questions;  a thorough review of literature pertaining to the project;  a thorough explanation of approach to study (i.e., how the student will carry out the project), including details regarding relevance of the approach;  and proper English, grammar and formatting and clarity and consistency in presentations, diagrams and references. Click here for sample proposals.

Your prospectus will be viewed by a duo: the HON 301 professor and the thesis adviser. It will undergo further review in the Honors College if you earn a grade other than "A". Students must adhere to the suggested revisions and deadlines as instructed by each reviewer, and follow the prospectus formatting guidelines of the College, specified in the Guide for Writing the Prospectus. Students seeking approval to conduct research from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) should, in conjunction with their thesis advisers, adhere to the requirements of the Office of Research Integrity.

To conserve paper and simplify the distribution and handling of manuscripts, electronic submission is required (.doc or .docx format).

The Prospectus Process

 

Thesis

The thesis is the completed research, detailing the project as conducted with 100% accuracy. Your thesis will be viewed by a trio: the thesis adviser, the department chair, and the Honors College. The Honors College does not require students to defend their research. This decision is made by your major department. Students must adhere to the suggested revisions and deadlines as instructed by each reviewer, and follow the thesis formatting guidelines of the College, as stated in the Guide for Writing the Senior Thesis. Students must include the approval to conduct research from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) in the manuscript. Remember, the final thesis will be published online, accessible to anyone and everyone who seeks its contents. Please check your work. 

To conserve paper and simplify the distribution and handling of manuscripts, electronic submission is required (.doc or .docx format).

The Thesis Process

 

Comprehensive Examination

During the semester of graduation, the students’ major departments will administer the comprehensive examination.  One semester prior to graduation*, the student should complete and submit the Comprehensive Examination Letter to his/her department chairperson. This memo serves as the notification of intent to graduate with Latin Designation and the request to schedule the comprehensive examination. The Department must notify the Honors College, in writing, of the results of the comprehensive examination three weeks prior to graduation. *Math majors must take the comprehensive examination soon after completion of the core mathematics course work, normally no later than the first semester of the junior year.  

Examination Guidelines