It's Turn in Time! Follow our Thesis completion process below.

Prize eligible deadline: 4/18/2019
2nd deadline: 4/30/2019

Prize eligible deadline: 4/24/2019
2nd deadline: 5/07/2019

The Honors Thesis Process Varies by College & Major

No matter your undergraduate program or major, there is a path through the Honors Thesis process for you.  Whether you continue on to graduate school, professional school, or enter the work force, your Thesis is the centerpiece of your professional portfolio.

Latest Honors Thesis News

Social Science Capstone Award Winner

October 28, 2016
Julia Jones on hill in Brazil

Social Science Capstone Award Winner Congratulations to Julia Jones (AS ’16), who won the Prize for Best Capstone Project in the Social Sciences. Julia’s project, “Sustainable Urban Alternatives: Rethinking Informality in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas,” is a study comparing the sustainability of a small favela, Asa Branca, with its formal counterpart Olympic Village using the LEED® for Neighborhood Development standard of sustainability. Her study found that the favela outperformed Olympic Village by 28% and earns a Gold Certification on LEED’s sustainability scale. Her paper explores…

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Applied Public Relations Takes the Prize

October 14, 2016
Meghan in front of Newhouse 3

Applied Public Relations Takes the Prize When Meghan Rimol (PC ’16) embarked on her  Capstone journey with advisor, Professor Rochelle L. Ford, she had no way of knowing where the trip would end. Happily, her project, “Using Applied Public Relations to Develop the Londonderry Rail Trail,” earned the top prize for Capstones in the Professional category. Meghan had previously worked with nonprofit group Londonderry Trailways, creating Facebook and Twitter pages to share news and information about their Rail Trail project. For her Capstone Project Meghan…

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How could I start early?!

October 7, 2016

How could I start early?! As a freshman, the thought of completing a capstone project seemed like a far off concept that Emma Alscher (AS ’16) didn’t have to worry about for years. “However, college flies past you in the blink of an eye so it is never too early to begin planning your project.  Everyone I spoke with gave me the same advice – start your Capstone early! I found only one problem with this otherwise accurate advice; I didn’t know what I wanted…

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Not a Burden but a Culminating Moment

October 30, 2015

Ashlee Newman (AS ‘15) worked with Prof. Jon Hanson to complete her Capstone in  political science entitled, Beyond State Boundaries: A Comparative Analysis between States on Domestic Violence. Her project seeks to answer the question of how policy across the United States impacts domestic violence. Ashlee’s research was sparked by personal tragedy which lead her to become a passionate and committed scholar and advocate. Through her personal experiences and work in this field, she realized that a comprehensive approach to answer questions about domestic violence is…

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Every position is ludicrous without evidence…

October 26, 2015
Chantelle Mendonsa

Chantelle Mendonsa  (AS ’15) completed her Capstone, Structural Impediments to Progress: Iran 2009 & 1979, in political science. Prof. Mehrzad Boroujerdi served as her advisor. Chantelle compared the methods and characteristics of both the 1979 and 2009 movements in Iran. According to the scholars Chenoweth and Stephan, the main factor for success is the quantity and quality of participation. These authors judge success by the attainment of prescribed goals within the first year of the resistance. Chantelle used the scholarly work of Levitsky and Way…

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Think Outside the Box of Your Discipline

October 23, 2015
Rachel Mandel

Rachel Elizabeth Mandel (AS ’15) completed a Capstone in Modern Jewish Studies entitled, From Maus to Magneto: Exploring Holocaust Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Prof. Zachary Braiterman served as her advisor. Rachel’s Capstone analyzed the topic of Holocaust representation in comic books and graphic novels. Comics are an oft-overlooked medium in academic circles, so there is a distinct lack of scholarly works examining comics outside the fields of pop culture studies or comics art studies. As a result, outside of works like Art Spiegelman’s Maus,…

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You’ll be so glad you did

October 22, 2015

We recently heard from Honors alumna, Katelyn Edel (AS ’15), who wrote, “I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and the entire Honors program for the Capstone requirement — I’m currently working on my graduate degree in public health, and there is a thesis component. I’m happy to say that my experience with the Capstone has prepared me SO WELL for writing this thesis; I feel comfortable reaching out to professors, working with an advisor, and creating a substantive piece of original…

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Understand the Future by Exploring the Past

October 19, 2015
Kelsey Modica

Kelsey Modica (AS ’15)  completed her Capstone in international relations supported by her advisor, Prof. Seth Jolly. The project entitled, A Path to Peace: Reconciling the Sunni-Shi’a Conflict in Iraq, delves deep into history, to the seventh century after the death of Muhammad. In order to better understand why there is a conflict between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, Kelsey argues that it is essential to understand the similarities and differences between their ideologies and also how they have been set against each other throughout history.  It…

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Manage Your Time

October 15, 2015
CounselingTime Management

Christina Barquin (AS ’15) completed her English and Textual Studies Capstone with the support of her advisor, Prof. Claudia Klaver. The project, entitled Contesting Victorian Beliefs: The Unintended Effects of Victorian Novels, closely examines how the late Victorian novels, A Marriage Below Zero by Alan Dale and The Revolt of Man by Walter Besant end up subverting their own anti-feminist agendas and actually contributing to the political project of late-Victorian feminism by inadvertently demonstrating that the separate spheres of Victorian society were imbalanced and limiting. Here…

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Don’t Doubt, Write

October 10, 2015
Doubt road sign

Mary Salmonsen (AS ’15) Capstone was a novel, Imperfect Imitations, and Arthur Flowers was her advisor. She has so much advice for you that we just need to let her speak! If you’re in the process of making a Creative Writing Capstone, then the best thing I can say to you is congratulations. You’ve demonstrated an amazing amount of passion, enthusiasm, and skill for creative writing, and your professors have recognized that passion… The biggest roadblock I faced in the process of putting this work…

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