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 some cases we’ll reimburse you for expenditures that you’ve already incurred.


Frequently Asked Questions

Instructions for Applying

2021 /2022 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, and the process.

  • The Intent to Apply link is at the end of this guide.
  • Once your Intent to Apply is accepted, you will be sent a link to begin your funding application.

Contact Naomi Shanguhyia (nyshangu@syr.edu) in the Honors office, or Kate Hanson (khanso01@syr.edu ) in the Office of Undergraduate Research (SOURCE) with any questions you may have about this process.


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