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❶If you have questions about the thesis process, talk with your Honors advisor—they will have the most accurate information for your major.

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The advisors in the Honors College are available to talk with you further about this requirement and to help you successfully complete it. The goals of this class are to identify an appropriate advisor, develop a research activity or creative project, and prepare your proposal.

In conjunction with your thesis advisor, you will develop a proposal that will be submitted to the Honors College for approval. The required format for the proposal is outlined below in this handbook, and the cover form, which your advisor must sign, is available here.

Once the proposal is approved by the Thesis Review Committee, you will complete your project under the supervision of your thesis advisor, and you may plan to present your final thesis as soon as the following semester.

Students in the College of Engineering should check their schedules of studies to see which course satisfies the Honors College thesis requirement. Thesis proposals are typically 5 pages long and are double spaced using a point font. The guidelines below indicate the sections required. The literature you cite should draw on both earlier and current scholarly work. For proposals in the arts and humanities, include several journal sources and academic book s.

For proposals in the social sciences and sciences, include primary sources, review articles, and academic book s. This section should be written such that your research question or hypothesis or creative activity flows logically from it. Depending upon your academic discipline, you may present your proposed activity as a research question, hypothesis es , or creative activity with a stated goal or outcome s.

The proposed activity that forms the basis of your Honors thesis must be tied to an existing body of knowledge. This section of your thesis proposal should be clear and concise — e. All disciplines lend themselves to research and creativity; all work is conducted using some methodology. Your methodology determines the rigor and validity of your work. This section of your thesis proposal should present all the methods i.

Your advisor will be well-versed in methodologies. In no more than one or two paragraphs , describe the results you expect from your thesis and what those results will mean in the greater context of knowledge in the field.

If you complete a creative project, discuss the implications of your project in terms of a larger context of your discipline. Your annotated bibliography section will begin on a new sheet of paper and contain at least five annotated sources. Select recent journal articles, review articles, and scholarly books that address your topic. After each source, write an annotation, i. Include specific facts rather than vague generalizations e.

If it is not obvious, explain how the source will be useful to the development of your thesis. For the citation, follow the approved style for your field i. Single-space each citation and its corresponding annotation and leave a blank line between entries:. This review article discusses the origins and definitions of social capital in the writings of several scholars in the field.

The author identifies four sources of social capital and examines their dynamics. He also gives examples of both positive functions and negative consequences of social capital. It is fundamental for my thesis hypothesis. This review article uses evidence from patent data and discusses the debate on whether technological advances have generated more or less worker autonomy.

It is useful for my research because it defines the knowledge economy and provides both sides of the debate. This optional section will contain your complete survey instruments and full range of interview questions, or any other information you and your advisor deem essential for readers and reviewers. If your thesis proposal is electronically submitted by the fifth day of a month, you will receive approval—or a request for revision—by the last working day of that month.

A faculty committee will evaluate your thesis proposal. The title page will include the following: This page should be placed directly after your Title Page, and include the following:.

Include the problem, question, or hypothesis examined, an explanation of why you decided to study this problem or issue or to pursue this creative project, the approach you took, what you discovered, and avenues others might pursue in this area in the future.

This section of your thesis should be approximately 20 pages long, double-spaced, with page numbers at the bottom of each page. If you have chosen a creative project, your paper may be pages long. It should be double-spaced, have page numbers at the bottom of each page, be written in English unless specific arrangements have been made in advance, and contain no spelling or grammatical errors.

In all cases, the style should be appropriate for the discipline. For organizational purposes, you may wish to use headings and sections see below for the main body of your thesis as they appear in your Table of Contents.

Discuss the organization of your thesis with your advisor and follow a format that is typical of writing in your discipline. In addition, the main body of your thesis must provide the reader with a logical introduction to your project explaining how it fits within a larger context and what your focus is , what you did for your thesis, how you conducted your work, and the significance of your work to your field of endeavor.

If you have chosen to complete a creative project, you may submit a shorter written document in which you should answer the following questions:. This section sets the stage for your work.

It gives the reader a view of the framework for your project — the particular field in which you are working — and brings the reader logically to the project at hand. The introduction or literature review should lead logically and clearly to your research question or hypothesis.

Describe the approaches you employed, and cite any relevant literature. Readers should be able to understand clearly the procedural and analytical steps you undertook. This is the real heart of your project and contains your original contribution of new knowledge in your field. What did you discover, learn, create, or uncover? Present, interpret, and discuss the data or ideas you have collected or generated.

Describe your findings in a precise and well-supported manner, as this is primarily where you can persuade your readers to adopt your perspective on the subject. Relate your work to the larger field.

Cite any relevant bibliographic sources within your discussion. Because all projects are by their very nature limited in scope, an essential part of fully analyzing your work is to understand its limits. You may pick up a copy of this timeline with a blank version for you and your faculty mentor to complete in the Honors Office or download here.

However, if you plan to graduate early, we advise you to submit the Prospectus form early — at least by the start of the semester one year prior to your anticipated graduation date.

So, if you plan to graduate in May or August , you would submit your prospectus no later than January 31, For December graduates, the prospectus is recommended no later than September 15, Please note that if you are also submitting your thesis to your college in order to be considered for a level of distinction, the college timelines and due dates may differ.

Please see further information about the college-based distinction process below. The Ogden Honors research capstone. The scholarly paper is based on original research. You will formulate an original question concerning your discipline and will investigate and analyze this question through a consideration of original and secondary sources.

The resulting analysis should make a creative contribution to the relevant literature. Research Paper — Applies to disciplines in which students conduct research that produces original data, including the physical, biological, or social sciences. The Research Paper is based on data from experiments, surveys, or scholarly research and includes treatment of relevant literature. It may include laboratory or field work. Business Plan — Applies to disciplines in which the student is trained to work in business and may include disciplines outside the College of Business with the permission of the major department.

The student will conceptualize a business and conduct relevant research to formulate a plan for marketing, finance and implementation.

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The Honors Thesis or Project is a comprehensive 6-credit research effort of original scholarship. Traditionally completed over two semesters (3 + 3 credits) in the senior year, it offers students an opportunity to work closely with faculty members on advanced research topics or creative endeavors.

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Departmental Honors Thesis or Project. Student not accepted into a departmental Honors program must complete the Thesis Proposal form (PDF).If you have been accepted into a departmental Honors program, you do not need to complete an application.

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An honors thesis should replicate—on a smaller scale—the appearance of a dissertation or master’s thesis. So, you need to include the “trappings” of a formal piece of academic work. For specific questions on formatting matters, check with your department to see if it has a style guide that you should use. The Honors Thesis/Senior Project is the culmination of your work as an undergraduate Honors student. This is an extended project that utilizes the skills and knowledge you have gained during your undergraduate education to demonstrate your ability to be an active, engaged, scholarly citizen.

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The Honors Thesis project is an opportunity to follow your curiosity and to ask and answer a question in your major through methods of your field. A written work in the end, this document is created through research and hands-on independent study under the guidance of a thesis director in your major. Theses not available via Open Commons are available for viewing only in the Honors Program office in ROWE/CUE (for the previous two academic years) or in the University Archives in the Dodd Research Center. A special request to view must be arranged through Betsy Pittman for any thesis in the University Archives.