Writing a Senior Thesis/Essay


The 2019-2020 honors thesis deadline is Tuesday, April 14, 2020. 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 2019-2020 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 2019 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 2019-2020:

September 2, 2019 Olin thesis carrel applications available in WesPortal.
September 13, 2019 Late petition and application deadline for General Scholarship candidates who did not meet the April 26, 2019 deadline. Petition and full application due by 4pm.
September 13, 2019 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 13, 2019 Thesis carrel applications due online by 4 pm.
September 24, 2019 Carrel application results posted in WesPortal. You must pick up your carrel key at the Olin Reserve Desk by Monday, September 30th at 4pm.
January 23, 2020 Early thesis registration deadline for December 2019 completions.
February 5, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 Departments return recommendations. All performances and exhibits completed.