The Registrar's Office will be closed on Monday, May 28th; Friday, June 29th; and Wednesday, July 4th. In addition, the office will close at noon on all Fridays from July 6th through August 10th. Please adjust your requests accordingly.

Writing a Senior Thesis/Essay


The 2017-2018 honors thesis deadline is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. All honors candidates are required to submit their thesis or essay through their student portfolio in PDF format for binding.  Many individual departments also require you to submit paper copies of your thesis essay for your readers, depending on the department.  Please review Department/Program Reader Copy Requirements. Questions regarding reader copies should be directed to your department/program.  

Details about the honor thesis process are included in the JellyBean papers. The Jellybean papers (named as such because they used to be printed in a variety of colors) summarize the processes involved in writing and submitting a thesis or essay for Honors consideration. The 2017-2018 version of the Jellybean Papers is currently available online (below) or you can download a paper version here. Printed copies are also located on the Honors bulletin board located in the Registrar's hallway, outside of Room 102, North College.

Questions about the Honors Program can be directed to Susan Krajewski, x2738 -- North College 103.

Introduction    2
Becoming an Honors Candidate    2
IRB Approval for Human Subjects Research 3
Schedule  3-4
Abstract Requirement 4
Library Information 4
December 2017 Completions    4
Special Circumstances   5
Work in Progress Form  5
Thesis/Essay Styles and Permissions  6-7
Submitting a Thesis/Essay 6
Corrections/Submission of Revised Thesis 7
Thesis/Essay Format    8
Creating a PDF File and Preparing Reader Copies
Printing and Binding from your PDF File 9-10
Thorndike Fund 11
Guidelines for Creating a PDF File 11-12
Sample Title Page 13
Sample Declaration Formats 14

Important dates to keep in mind for Academic Year 2017-2018:

September 4, 2017 Olin thesis carrel applications available in WesPortal.
September 14, 2017 Late petition and application deadline for General Scholarship candidates who did not meet the April 28, 2017 deadline. Petition and full application due by 4pm.
September 15, 2017 Final day of Drop/Add & registration for Fall thesis/essay tutorial. Register online for first half of your thesis tutorial (409) during Drop/Add
September 15, 2017 Thesis carrel applications due online by 4 pm.
September 25, 2017 Carrel Lottery results posted on the Library Office door (Olin Rm. 302B). You must pick up your carrel key by Friday, September 29th at 4pm or the key will be reissued to the next person on the waitlist.
February 7, 2018 Final day of Drop/Add & registration for Spring thesis/essay tutorial and Work in Progress through Drop/Add System. Register online for second half of thesis tutorial (410).
April 17, 2018 Deadline to register senior thesis/essay in WesPortal, 4 pm. Students pursuing honors are required to submit their honors thesis/essay electronically as a PDF file prior to the 4 pm deadline.
May 1, 2018 Departments return recommendations. All performances and exhibits completed.