Funding and Awards

The Honors in the Major program coordinates several awards for students and faculty. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for funding and awards in their major departments, other offices at FSU, and from national and international organizations.

The awards we offer are:

Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award

This undergraduate award is offered each fall and spring semester, and can provide up to $750 to support research or creativity leading to an Honors Thesis that will be completed as part of the Honors in the Major Program.

The awards can be used to cover expenses such as travel to perform research, books, basic supplies, or participant support for surveys. Any equipment or materials purchased with the award money become property of the student, although the student may elect to donate the equipment to a department or college upon completion of the thesis.

To be eligible for this award you must:

  • Have a minimum FSU GPA of 3.20
  • Be actively working on an Honors in the Major thesis and registered for honors thesis credits
  • Have not previously received the Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award

The deadline to apply for this award for the Spring 2020 semester is February 28, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern.

Kingsbury Undergraduate Writing Award

This award is offered annually to a student who demonstrated excellence in the writing of an undergraduate honors thesis. Students are nominated by a faculty member (traditionally a thesis director or member of the faculty committee for their project) and must submit a draft of their thesis to be considered for the award.

The quality of student writing is of central importance in this competition. Although form and style should be appropriate to subject matter and in accord with the norms of the writers' home discipline, some criteria will operate across disciplines. Such criteria include, but are not limited to, originality, persuasiveness, accuracy, insightfulness, clarity, reasonableness, vividness, timeliness, etc.

Eligible Students must be:

  • currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at FSU
  • in good standing and currently enrolled in the Honors in the Major program or have already defended an Honors thesis.

The next nomination deadline for this award will be posted in the Spring 2020 semester.

Honors Thesis Mentor Award

This award is offered annually to recognize and honor faculty members whose direction and advisement of undergraduate honors thesis research or creative activity has significantly contributed to the enhancement and quality of education of undergraduate students at Florida State University.

Students seeking to nominate their thesis director must submit an application along with a supporting letter of nomination to

Once a faculty member has been nominated, he or she will be notified and information will be requested by the selection committee such as a vita, list of courses taught over the past five years, graduate level teaching evaluations, honors theses committee supervision, number of previous nominations for the Honors Thesis Mentor Award and other considerations (letters of support from department chair, academic deans, and other students).

The deadline to nominate your honors thesis director for this award is February 9, 2020, by 11:59 pm Eastern.

Legacy Sort
Legacy Priority
title-inside title-centered