Honors Thesis Projects in Management
Planning Your Thesis
Your first step is to meet with the department chair associated with your topic area. They will discuss your areas of interest with you and guide you to a suitable faculty member to serve as your Thesis Advisor. When you have secured a Thesis Advisor who has approved your general topic, inform Lindsay Rapp of this in the Whitman Undergraduate Studies Office. Then you work with your Advisor to research and write the actual Thesis Proposal. You submit it to Honors, who will share it with Whitman to make sure it meets their approval as well.There are many good resources that will help you start planning your Thesis project
- Browse and search our Thesis archives on the SURFACE Thesis database, talk to faculty from a class that interested you.
- In the first week of your Junior year, you will be required to attend a Thesis planning assembly,
- Optionally, you can enroll in HNR 309 planning seminar, which are also designed to help you get started.
Submit Your Proposal
When you’ve secured a Thesis Advisor who's been approved by the Whitman Office of Undergraduate Studies and have developed a topic, submit a Thesis Proposal Form through the Honors Thesis project web site, signed by your Thesis Advisor by mid-October.
You will need to do preliminary investigation and planning, but you don’t need a fully detailed plan for the entire project. You need a clear exposition of your project idea, and an Advisor who attests that this is a “workable” project and has agreed to mentor you. Your proposal should be your best current understanding of what the project involves.
Submit your proposal here.
Honors has Crown Award and Wise-Marcus 50-Year Friendship Awards to support Thesis Projects. We fund approximately 20 projects annually, up to $5,000 per project.Read more about Crown-Wise funding here.
Update Your Project
Continue working on the project through the spring semester, meeting every few weeks with your Advisor. Submit a Thesis Update Form by the first week in April. The Update asks for information on your progress: an initial bibliography, a brief explanation of your methodology, and a fleshed out timeline. This helps assure that you, your Advisor, and the Honors Program are all “on the same page” about your progress and the timeline for your future work. The forms are on our website; they include a useful outline to help you fill them out.
Plan to take EEE 457 in the fall of the senior year, so you won’t be taking that very demanding course in the same semester that you are completing your Honors Thesis Project.
Submit your update here.
Find Your Reader
You and your Advisor together select your Honors Thesis Reader, who is usually a faculty member in your major or a thematically related field. You then ask, in person, explaining your project, and expressing appreciation for their assistance. It can be any faculty member; it does not need to be someone "officially" affiliated with Honors. You need to give us the name of your Reader on 499 Day.
Find A Thesis Reader.
499 Course Registration
You will devote considerable time and energy to your project, and you want to get academic credit for your work. 499 registration is how you do that. Everyone is required to register for one to three credit hours for the Thesis Project in their final semester. That provides your Advisor with a mechanism for grading your work.
Plan to take EEE 475 in the fall of your Senior year, so you won't be taking it in the same semester that you are completing your Thesis project.
Submit a draft of one chapter/section
In the first week of November, you will email one chapter / section of a draft of your final Thesis to your advisor and your Thesis Coordinator.
Submit Written Thesis for Editor Review
About a week prior to the final turn-in of your Thesis, you will be required to submit your finished Thesis to Honors for our editing process. One of our editors will review your Thesis for writing quality (grammar, structure, flow) and will either approve your Thesis for turn-in, or they will flag your Thesis for further editing.
This process gives you the opportunity to learn the importance of final editing and polishing your Thesis before you turn it in for its final submission.