About Thesis Funding

The Honors Program supports a select number of Thesis projects with Crown Awards and Wise-Marcus 50-Year Friendship Awards. Each year we fund approximately 25 projects with up to $5,000 per project. Additionally, a distinguished Honors alum, Dr. Lynne Parker, has sponsored the Parker Award for Women in Science, which funds a female student's Thesis project in a science field each year.

Funding can make additional research opportunities, materials, or travel available to you, helping you produce an even more impressive final project. Additionally, it's a valuable professional experience: learning to create a budget and argue on behalf of your project prepares you for future grant writing and application processes.

What we fund

  • reimbursement for research materials, supplies and expenses
  • research travel
  • other necessary and reasonable expenses
  • in unusual cases, students may be awarded summer living expenses to work on the project.
  • in extenuating cases students may be reimbursed for expenditures already incurred.


Frequently Asked Questions

Instructions for Applying

2022 / 2023 Application Cycle:

Honors students applying for thesis funding must submit An Intent to Apply form – you can access the link in the application guide embedded below.

Read the application guide below thoroughly and be sure you understand your eligibility, the process, and the deadlines (which can be found at the end of the document).

  • The Intent to Apply link is at the end of the Application Guide.
  • Once your Intent to Apply is accepted, you will be sent a link to begin your funding application.
  • This application is shared between the Renée Crown Honors Program and the Office of Undergraduate Research (SOURCE).  Depending on the type of student you are, and how far you are into your academic career, you will be awarded funds from one of these two offices.

After you read the guide at the link below, if you have further questions please contact:


Step 1: Read the Application Guide here.

Step 2: Fill out the Intent to Apply form by February 16th

Step 3: Complete your full funding application by March 2nd

Step 4: Award notifications will be communicated by Honors in mid-April

Step 5: Work directly with Honors to manage your award process and expenses.

  • If you'd like to read more about how the award management process works, please visit our award management page for a preview of what you can expect in working with your award

Past Funding Application Examples

We've uploaded a few examples  of successfully funded applications for you to use as a reference in preparing your Crown applications

Past Thesis Funding Winners

Recently Awarded Crown Applications

Honors Alumni Awarded Projects