Please note the Registrar's office will be working until noon and only remotely on Fridays through August 5.

Writing a Senior Thesis/Essay


The 2021-2022 honors thesis deadline is Thursday, April 14, 2022 by 4pm. All honors candidates are required to register and upload their thesis or essay through their WesPortal by this deadline.  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. Please note that printed reader copies may be suspended again this year due to the pandemic. We will communicate all changes directly to confirmed honors candidates via email as needed.

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 2021-2022 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 2021 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 2021-2022:

September 6, 2021 Olin thesis carrel applications open in WesPortal. The link is in the Library bucket.
September 17, 2021 Late petition and application deadline for General Scholarship candidates who did not meet the spring deadline. Petition and full application due by 4pm.
September 17, 2021 Final day of Drop/Add & registration for Fall thesis/essay tutorial. Register online for first half of your thesis tutorial (409) during Drop/Add
January 20, 2022 Early thesis registration deadline for December 2021 completions.
February 2, 2022 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 14, 2022 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.
April 28, 2022 Departments return recommendations. All performances and exhibits completed.