Date Description Forms & Links
September 7

(Last day of drop/add period)

Honors Thesis Applications due, emailed to Prof. Bjorg Larson (

Honors 410 registration completed. After this date, registration is by petition to the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee and Academic Standing.

Thesis Application Form

Course Registration

Academic Standing Petition

September 21 Honors Thesis Committee form due, emailed to Prof. Bjorg Larson ( Thesis Committee Form
October 11 Thesis Colloquium & Reception in Hall of Science, HS4 at 6:30 pm.
October 26 Last day to drop Honors 410 with a W.

After this date, you may convert your thesis to an independent study by petition to the Academic Standing Committee.

Academic Standing Petition
On or Before November 16 Meeting of full thesis committee (student, thesis advisor, and committee members) to discuss Honors candidate’s thesis proposal and schedule and determine the role of each committee member.
Spring Registration Register for Honors 411 course for the spring using the online form, “Request for specialized honors”. Course Registration
By December 7

(End of Fall classes)

Completion of first chapter or equivalent. If the student fails to meet this deadline they should consider converting their thesis into an independent study. (This is a suggested deadline only; it is up to thesis advisors, committee members, and writers to determine what is most appropriate for success of individual theses regarding Fall progress.)
January 14

(Start of Spring classes)

Draft of thesis or detailed progress report due to thesis advisor. Nature of draft or progress report should be approved by thesis advisor.
January 28

(Last Day of Drop/Add Period.)

The student and advisor should have determined by this point whether the thesis is viable. After this date the 411 Spring Independent Study can only be converted into another four-credit independent study (for year’s total of 8 credits); it cannot be dropped without a “W” appearing on the student’s transcript.
February 11 First draft due to entire thesis committee.
February 19– March 2 Schedule a meeting with your entire thesis committee to discuss your draft of the thesis.
March 18 Second draft (full) of your thesis due to all members of your committee.
March 29-April 5 Arrange your defense. Choose a date before the last day of classes that is convenient for your committee. Arrange a place for your oral defense by logging into EMS ( from Treehouse (use the “schedule a room” link on the main page). If you have questions about scheduling, please contact Matthew Dizinno, University Scheduler at

Fill out the Defense Announcement Form and email it to Prof. Bjorg Larson (

Schedule a room

Defense Announcement Form

April 5 Day of Scholars Event: Present your research as a poster or presentation! See what others are working on! The Day of Scholars place and time are to be announced.

See schedule of last year’s presentations here.

At least one week before defense Final defense draft due to all members of your committee.
April 15 – April 29 Thesis Defenses will take place during this time.
April 30 Honors Banquet, 5 – 7 pm, Crawford Hall.
May 8

Submit revised thesis to the library:

Send the thesis via email attachment to Guy Dobson, by 5 pm.

The thesis must be in proper format, with 200-500 word abstract, as a PDF document. Please copy your thesis advisor on the email.

You must submit the EDT Release form by the same time. This is an online form that you must submit by the same deadline.

Email thesis to:

EDT Release Form

May 8 Petitions to convert honors to independent study due to registrar no later than today. Academic Standing Petition