September 8 Last Day of Drop/Add Period — Honors Thesis applications (available on the “Forms” page of the Specialized Honors website) due by this day and Honors 410 (or departmental research course) registration completed. After this date, registration is by petition to the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee and Academic Standing.
September 22 Honors Thesis Committee form (available on the “Forms” page of the Specialized Honors website) emailed to Prof. Bjorg Larson (,  Director of Specialized Honors and Associate Director of Baldwin Honors.
October 12 Thesis Colloquium & Reception in Hall of Science, HS4 at 6:30 pm.
October 27 Last day to drop Honors 410 (or departmental research course) with a W.
On or Before November 17 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.
By the first reading day of Fall Semester 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 17 Draft of thesis or detailed progress report due to thesis advisor. Nature of draft or progress report should be approved by thesis advisor.
January 30 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 16 First draft due to entire thesis committee.
February 19– March 2 Your thesis advisor will invite you and your committee members to a meeting to discuss the draft of your honors thesis.
March 23 Second draft (full) of your thesis due to all members of your committee.
March 30-April 6 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 (, Director of Specialized Honors and Associate Director of Baldwin Honors.
At least one week before defense Final defense draft due to all members of your committee.
April 16 – May 1 Thesis Defenses.
May 2 Honors Banquet, Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center, 6-8pm.
May 9 Submit revised thesis in proper format (with 200-500 word abstract) as a PDF to the Library via Guy Dobson ( by 5pm. You must submit the EDT form (available on the “Forms” page of the Specialized Honors website) by the same time.
May 9 Petitions to convert honors to independent study due to registrar no later than today.