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Thesis Timeline

Important Dates and Deadlines


Sophomore Year

  • Spring term: begin considering topics; ideally you will narrow your choice of possibilities to 3-4 by end of term

Junior Year

  • Fall term: enroll in H 303, the Thesis Orientation seminar; continue working on topic refinement and research and also create a thesis proposal by end of term
  • Winter term: thesis proposal vetted by Faculty Senate Honors Committee
  • Spring term: enroll in H 353, the Thesis Development seminar; also continue research, complete an outline, timeline, an expanded annotations, and begin writing a key section of the thesis (usually the literature review)

Senior Year

  • Fall term: continue drafting your thesis chapters
  • Winter term: continue drafting; ideally submit a first draft to your thesis advisor(s)
  • April: draft submitted to thesis advisor(s), if not sooner; revise, revise, revise
  • May: final draft submitted to thesis advisor(s)
  • May 15: thesis title submitted to Honors Director for inclusion in Commencement Program
  • June 1: camera-ready copy submitted to Honors Director for copying and binding

Students who are graduating mid-year should adjust the deadlines accordingly.







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