Thesis Timeline

The Honors Program has two deadlines specifically related to the thesis. In your final semester:

  • End of 3rd week: Honors Scholar Thesis Plan with thesis title and abstract and signatures of Honors Advisor and Thesis Supervisor
  • Last day of classes: Hard copy of your thesis with Thesis Approval Form signed by your thesis supervisor and Honors advisor.
  • Extensions: In some cases, you may get an extension providing your thesis supervisor and Honors advisor agree. See the timeline for graduation for more details.

*Please note that your department may have other or earlier deadlines and/or requirements; please discuss this with your Honors advisor.

See the Timeline for Graduation for specific dates, deadlines, and other forms required for Honors Scholar graduation beyond the thesis.

Suggested timeline for completing an Honors thesis

Other than Honors Program deadlines that are noted, this timeline is suggested based on the scope of an “average” thesis project, but it will vary based on your project and major. Please discuss your plans with your Honors advisor and thesis supervisor.

Year 1:

  • Ask questions!
  • Attend a thesis workshop
  • Look for jobs related to research or working with faculty (or volunteer)
  • Look for classes related to research
  • Get to know your faculty members
  • Review departmental websites to learn about current research initiatives

Year 2:

Year 3:

~~~ Continue to work on your thesis over the summer ~~~

Year 4:

Note: The Honors Program does not define the project as a senior thesis because it can be completed at any point prior to graduation.