Senior Honors Thesis
A Senior honors thesis can be completed either through a department-based Departmental Honors Program, or as an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis (01:090:495,496). Information about department-based Departmental Honors Programs, including information about required proposals, deadlines, procedures, formatting of thesis, and the oral defense, is available at individual department websites; information about the SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis is available further down on this page.
Outstanding undergraduates are encouraged to consider completing a senior honors thesis. In pursuing research that results in a thesis, a student develops skills beyond those typically acquired during the undergraduate years: working closely with an advisor, conducting intensive original research, budgeting time and money, producing and editing a significant body of work, and finally, presenting this work to experts in the field.
All SAS students who are completing a department-based honors thesis or an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be designated as SAS Paul Robeson Scholars. SAS Paul Robeson Scholars will be eligible for extended library borrowing privileges.
Funds in support of research
All applications for funds in support of research from SAS students completing a senior honors thesis (departmental or interdisciplinary) will be handled by the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates (ARC). Students must submit an application for funds directly to the ARC.
Several research awards, known collectively as Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards, will be made to outstanding SAS Paul Robeson Scholars based on the quality of the student’s thesis and overall academic record.
All SAS departments, and individual faculty advisors, will be invited to nominate Paul Robeson Scholars to be considered for the Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards, which will recognize the outstanding theses for the academic year.
Each award will be no less than $1,000.
To be considered for a Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, a student must have presented his/her research at the Aresty Research Center Symposium, a department-based research event, or a professional conference. (The oral defense does not satisfy this requirement.)
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The Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis is a two-semester independent research project, 3 credits each semester, which culminates in a written thesis and an oral defense before a faculty committee. Students are also expected to present their work at the Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Conference in April.
The Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis is the option for students:
- who are interested in a topic that spans more than one academic discipline (students may be double majors);
- who want to complete a research project in a field other than the major; or
- who are in a major that does not have a departmental honors program.
The Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis is a scholarly monograph, a substantial written work based on a defined thesis question developed into a sustained argument. The work must incorporate extensive original research, be supported by evidence and critical reasoning, and must show mastery of a subject field. In most cases the final product of the Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be a written research thesis; the final product could, however, be “creative:” a novel or a set of linked short stories, painting and mounting an exhibition, writing and producing a video or play, or composing and performing a piece of music. Whatever the primary medium of expression, the project must incorporate substantial scholarly research and writing.
Note: Students writing Interdisciplinary Honors Theses do not typically participate in Departmental Honors Programs and do not typically qualify for Departmental Honors.
Students who are interested in writing a senior thesis through their major department's Departmental Honors program should contact the major department for more information.
Students interested in completing an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis must submit an application for review by the SAS Honors Program in the Office of Undergraduate Education.
The remaining dates for the 2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis are as follows:
|Friday, April 7, 2017||Submissions of Title Changes|
|Friday, April 14, 2017||Oral Defense Completed, Thesis Completed and Submitted to Faculty Advisors|
|Friday, April 21, 2017||Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Conference|
|Monday, May 8, 2017
||Submission of Final Grade Report|
Proposal Application Link:
Applications for 2017-2018 are due on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Students will be notified by the end of May if they have been accepted into the Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis program. Upon approval of the proposal, a student completing an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will enroll (with a special permission number) in 01:090:495-496, Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis, and must also enroll in 01:090:491-492, Research Workshop.
Deadlines for 2017-2018 Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis
|Monday, April 24, 2017||Proposals Due|
|Monday, December 4, 2017||Fall Assessments Due|
|Friday, April 6, 2018||Submission of Title Changes|
|Friday, April 13, 2018
||Oral Defense Completed, Thesis Completed and Submitted to Faculty Advisors|
|*Friday, April 20, 2018||*Tentative: Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Conference|
|Monday, May 7, 2018||Submission of Final Grade Report|
All students completing an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be considered Paul Robeson Scholars.
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