Overview of the Honors Thesis Process

Overview of the Capstone Process


Start Planning more concretely early in your Junior year. By this time you attend a Junior Thesis Assembly, you should at least have an interest that you want to narrow down into a topic.

Visit our planning section for some resources that can get you started.


Once you have found your advisor and developed your topic and project plan, submit your official proposal to Honors.

Please follow our proposal guidelines here.


All students receive $200 towards the implementation of their Thesis project.  If your project could benefit from additional funding, read more about awards here.  You can apply as a senior as well.

View more information about funding here.


Once you are a senior (and have been working on your project for a while) you will submit an update of your project to Honors.  This is your way of letting us know that you are making progress, and that your advisor agrees as to the pace and quality of your work. Around the time of your update, you should also find your Honors reader, and let Honors know who that person is. In November of your senior year, you'll submit one chapter / section of a draft of your final Thesis to your advisor and your Thesis Coordinator.

499 Course Registration

Also in the fall of your senior year, you need to register for your 1-3 credit Thesis course.

All the information about that process is here

Chapter Submission

Submit a draft of one chapter or section of your Thesis to your Honors Thesis Coordinator.  This will be required soon after you register for your 499 course, in the fall of your senior year.


About one week prior to the final turn-in of your Thesis, you will be required to submit it 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


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