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.
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.)
For more information about Research Funds and Awards: