General Timeline

BEFORE YOUR PROJECT BEGINS

  1. Consider potential topics for your thesis or ideas for your creative project, ideally two to six months before the first term in which you register for thesis hours.
  2. Meet with faculty members in your department whom you are considering to serve as your thesis director. If you are not familiar with your department's faculty members, each department's website has a listing of its faculty members, usually with links to their current research interests and/or personal websites.
  3. Read the Honors in the Major Handbook, or visit the program director during office hours posted at the bottom of this page.
  4. Make an appointment to talk to your department's faculty Honors Liaison, or if no Liaison is listed for your department, with your department or program's area lead or director of undergraduate studies.
  • For the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semesters, submit Your Honors in the Major application via the online portal no later than Friday, April 10, 2020, at 4:30 pm Eastern.

FIRST RESEARCH TERM (PROSPECTUS)

  1. Before midnight on fourth day of classes (last day of add/drop), register for honors thesis credits. You will register for 1-3 hours of honors thesis credits, and will need 6 total honors thesis credits by the end of your thesis.
  2. For the first 2-3 weeks of classes, work with your thesis director to narrow the scope and focus of your thesis and to identify a timeline of thesis draft submission. Select the other members of your committee.
  3. A copy of the approved prospectus and signed Prospectus Approval Form must be submitted by the 7th Friday of the semester in the Honors Program office by 4:30 pm.

LAST RESEARCH TERM (DEFENSE)

  1. Before midnight on fourth day of classes (last day of add/drop), register for honors thesis credits. You will register for 1-3 hours of honors thesis credits, and will need 6 total honors thesis credits by the end of your thesis.
  2. For the first 2-3 weeks of classes, discuss with your director a timeline for sharing drafts of your final project for feedback from the committee. Confer with your director and committee to establish the oral defense date, time, and location.
  3. The signed defense announcement is due the 4th Friday of the semester in the Honors Program office by 4:30 pm.
  4. Submit a polished draft of your thesis to your thesis director and supervisory committee at least two weeks before your scheduled oral defense, to permit them time to provide feedback.
  • All defense paperwork is due by the last day of classes at 4:30 pm to the Honors Program office. Similarly, electronic filing of your final thesis to the DigiNole archive is due by the last day of classes at 4:30 pm.
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