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Senior Honors Thesis Program

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Fall Senior Honors Thesis Orientation: Friday, August 24 at 1pm in room S of the Honors College. The total amount of work required for a thesis should be roughly equivalent to six hours of coursework clock hours. You will sign up for a total of six credit hours H and H for your thesis. Generally the hours will count toward your major degree requirements. You will receive an "IP" in progress grade for H, which will be changed to a letter grade when you have finished the thesis. Students who complete a Senior Honors Thesis will graduate with a particular Honors designation, which will be noted on the transcript.

Timeline for Thesis Program: These guidelines will help you plan your thesis project from start to finish. View this PowerPoint presentation to learn more about the thesis program. Requirements for Thesis Program A 3. The result is an academic paper, often of publishable quality.

Honors Thesis projects are most successful if a student contacts a faculty member he or she would like to work with at least one semester before he or she plans to start researching. Senior Honors Thesis courses can be taken in any semester, including over the summer.

There are a number of reasons to consider writing a thesis. For one, it is an opportunity to explore a topic that interests you. There may have been a topic in a class or a reading that caught your attention; the senior thesis will allow you to dive deeper into the topic. You will likely master your topic and develop an educated perspective. Secondly, the thesis experience will develop your reading, research and writing skills--skills that will prepare you well for graduate school and other careers.

Finally, writing a thesis is required for most Honors in the Major programs. Please talk to your departmental advisor if you have questions about this requirement. Most students find the Senior Thesis a rewarding experience in which they develop new skills through independent work. Some departments have web pages about standards for a Senior Honors Thesis; be sure to visit your department's website and speak with your advisor for information on these standards. If you are interested in seeing a completed senior thesis paper, the Honors Program Office has bound copies of previous students' thesis work in the Washburn Observatory library -- feel free to stop by and browse through some research from your discipline!

Theses can be funded in several ways. First, the Honors Program offers funding each year; please check out our pages on Senior Honors Thesis funding for more information. Hilldale and Holstrom Undergraduate Fellowships are also available to students with at least junior standing at the time of their application. Hilldale fellowships provide generous research support in all disciplines, while Holstrom fellowships are awarded for research on environmental studies.

For more information on those awards, contact the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office. Many departments also have funding available for theses. Please talk to your departmental advisor about funding opportunities if your department.

There may also be outside agencies that will support senior thesis research. To register for Senior Honors Thesis credits, you need to contact your faculty advisor; he or she should then get in touch with the appropriate timetable representative or academic advisor who will in turn create a unique 5-digit code for the Departmental course in your first semester and a second, unique code for Departmental in your second semester.

Your faculty advisor should be the faculty member listed for your Senior Honors Thesis experience. Prior authorization is needed when students intend to complete either or while away from UW-Madison. Consult with the Associate Director for Academic Services if this is your intention. Naturally, not all theses have the same format.

Formats will depend largely on your topic and area of discipline. Most theses, however, have an introduction, body and conclusion.

The introduction should motivate the reader to read the rest of the thesis and explain why the thesis question is important. Generally, the introduction should also explain the key vocabulary of the topic, state the thesis and hypotheses, and outline the remainder of the paper Lipson, An effective way to organize the body of your thesis is to create subtopics under illustrative headings , pg.

Transitions that connect the various subtopics together facilitate a cohesive thesis. The conclusion of your thesis should go beyond summarizing the main points; it should also connect the main findings to broader issues and suggest future research. Doing a senior thesis is a lot of work and requires a 2-semester commitment to a research project.

Whether it is a good choice for you depends on how motivated you are to complete a thesis. Think about your reasons for wanting to do the research. Are you interested in doing a thesis just to complete a requirement, or because you really want the experience of diving into a topic? Those who are motivated because of their interest in reading, writing and researching are less likely to see the thesis as chore.

A thesis will likely seem more manageable if you work gradually over the course of the year. This will give you time to obtain all the necessary resources and materials, confront any roadblocks and write multiple drafts of the thesis.

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Senior Honors Theses Students who wish to improve their standing in their classes in the College of Arts and Sciences may do so by initiating, and completing, a Senior Honors Thesis. Coordinated by the University Honors Program, on this page we provide helpful information with which you become familiar as you embark on this rewarding endeavor. All honors students are encouraged to undertake a six-credit Senior Honors Thesis in their senior year. If you complete the requirements for the Honors College and for the Senior Honors Thesis, you will graduate not only with University Honors but also as an Honors Scholar.

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