Honors Thesis Faculty Mentor

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You will work closely with a faculty mentor of your choice when completing your Honors Thesis.

Your faculty mentor will help you to develop a research plan, outline goals, and delineate which thesis/capstone components should be written during each of the two semesters (with the understanding that the effort put forth and the quality of work completed during each semester can receive a separate grade). It is also the responsibility of the advisor to set a deadline for a draft of the thesis so that you will have enough time to make any necessary changes to the final document. Your faculty advisor may also guide you in the presentation of the final thesis during a departmental function or showcase.

You will select your thesis mentor from the department in which you are intending to graduate with honors. A thesis mentor should be a faculty member in that department, and cannot be a staff member, adjunct faculty member, or visiting professor. You may select a thesis mentor who is not a member of the department from which you are intending to graduate with honors only with that department's approval.

The Honors Faculty Advisor for your department will be responsible for reviewing and making a decision about your request. The W. A. Franke Honors College will reach out to that individual, after receiving your prospectus form, in order to obtain feedback about your request. You are also welcome to reach out to your department's Honors Faculty Advisor proactively, in order to make sure they support your request before you submit your prospectus.

As you are completing courses in your freshman through junior years, embrace opportunities to get to know your professors. You will later be able to contact these professors when you are narrowing down your options for a thesis mentor. Most departments have an official Honors Faculty Advisor who can help connect you with a potential thesis mentor if you are unsure how to get started.