About Thesis Funding

Honors 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.


  • Eligible students include Honors juniors and seniors currently working on Thesis Projects. Occasionally, sophomores who are planning Thesis projects will also be considered.
  • You must be in good standing in Honors
  • Your project must have been approved by your faculty Thesis Advisor.

To apply for Honors Crown funding, please use the SOURCE application. Your application will be processed by the SOURCE and then moved to the Honors office for final evaluation and decision making.

More information about deadlines and funding options here:  SOURCE: Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement.  

Thesis Student with advisors

CCE Capstone seniors Neha Rauf and Seth Quam with mentors Pete Wilcoxen and Kate Canada

 Laura Marsolek 16'


Frequently Asked Questions

Instructions for Applying

New for Fall 2019, we will be accepting applications for Honors Thesis funding through the SOURCE office's Infoready application.  The SOURCE will process your application and send it to Honors for final evaluation and decision making.

First, read over the instructions below for putting your application together, then head over to the Infoready Application to apply.  For technical issues with the application, please contact the SOURCE office directly.

238 Bird Library

For advice regarding the content of your application or formatting your materials, contact an Honors advisor.


New in the 2020/2021 Application Cycle:

Note: Beginning Spring 2020, Honors students applying for thesis funding must submit An Intent to Apply form – you can access the link below, or directly from the SOURCE website.  Once your Intent to Apply is accepted, you will be sent a link to begin your funding application.

Deadline: In order to be eligible to receive additional information and the link to the application you must complete the Intent to Apply by February 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The deadline for your full application is Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Contact Naomi Shanguhyia (nyshangu@syr.edu) in the Honors office or Kate Hanson (khanso01@syr.edu ) 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

Application Example #1


Application Example #2
Application Example #3

Past Thesis Funding Winners

Below are Honors thesis projects by students who have won funding through Honors, or via a Source grant