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Thesis Programs

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.

Overview

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.

Awards

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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Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis

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. 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 standard 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.

The alternate Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis must fulfill the same requirements as the standard Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis by integrating a defined research question, evidence, critical argument, and mastery of a subject. What differs is the medium in which the scholarship is presented. Possibilities include writing 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 also incorporate substantial scholarly research and writing.

Students who are interested in a senior thesis through their major department's thesis or honors program should contact the major department for more information and application procedure.

Students interested in completing an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis must submit an application for review by the SAS Office of Undergraduate Education.

Proposal Application

Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Application

Applications for 2014-2015 were due on Monday, April 28, 2014.

Upon approval of the proposal, a student completing an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will enroll in 01:090:495-496, Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis, and must also enroll in either an appropriate department-based 1-credit thesis support course for each semester, or in 01:090:491-492, Research Workshop.

Deadlines for 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis

Monday, April 28, 2014 Proposals were Due
Monday, December 8, 2014 Fall Assessments Due
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Thesis Title Changes Due
Monday, April 13, 2015

Completed Thesis Due
Final Grades Due

All students completing an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be considered Paul Robeson Scholars.

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