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


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.

Need Funding?

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.

See an overview of the 499 Registration process and register. 

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.

 Turn-In and Present Your Thesis

To review turn-in day information (deadlines, full instructions) head here.

To review details regarding presentation day, look here.

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