Thesis Year by Year

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What topics would you like to explore in depth? Are there faculty members whose research fascinates you? It's never too early to start thinking about the honors thesis.

Fall Semester

  • Complete Honors Acceptance, Student Information and Ethics Form – this must be completed within 30 days of formal acceptance to the Honors Program.
  • Enroll in AFLS 1023H, Bumpers College Honors Program Perspectives.
  • Attend the Mandatory Bumpers College Honors Thesis Meeting – September 7,  from 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. in Gearhart Hall 26 – Honor College

Spring Semester

Explore Honors Faculty Mentor Possibilities:

Enroll in at least one three-credit hour honors course.

Year-end Milestones:

  • Maintain a 3.5+ GPA
  • Submit Honors Acceptance, Student Information and Ethics Form
  • Complete 3–9 hours of honors coursework

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Fall Semester

Enroll in at least one three-credit hour honors course:

Attend Bumpers College Honors Thesis Meeting – September 7,  from 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. in Gearhart Hall 26 – Honor College

Determine your Honors Faculty Mentor:

  • Review Honors Research/Creative Project Guidelines.
  • Consider a question or concept you would like to explore through a research or creative project.
  • View faculty research expertise under the Select a Faculty Mentor tab on the Bumpers College honors website.
  • Speak with faculty about the direction of your research or creative project and discuss their willingness to become your honors faculty mentor.

Spring Semester

Submit Honors Faculty Mentor and Project Identification (Form #1) - Deadline February 15.

  • Honors Faculty Mentors Signature
  • Draft title of your honors project

Begin your honors project with your honors faculty mentor:

  • Data collection
  • Gathering background examples and materials
  • Enroll in AFLS 3413H, Honors Proposal Development.
  • Apply for Bumpers College Undergraduate Research & Creative Project GrantDeadline March.
  • Watch for a message from the Honors Program Director with deadlines and links to the Bumpers College Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Grant.

Year-end Milestones: 

  • Maintain 3.5+ GPA
  • Completed 6–9 cumulative hours of honors coursework    
  • Identified honors faculty mentor and potential project
  • Begin your honors project

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Fall Semester

Attend the Mandatory Bumpers College Honors Thesis Meeting – September 7,  from 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. in Gearhart Hall 26 – Honor College

Apply for SURF Grant – Deadline October 19 and 20

  • Attend a SURF information meeting – September 8 or 12
  • Register for SURF application tool kit through Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

Continue your Honors Project

  • Data collection
  • Gathering background examples and materials
  • Begin your thesis proposal
    • (Title Page, Introduction, Literature Review, Materials and Methods/Creative Plan, Literature Cited)

Enroll in at least one three-credit hour honors course

Spring Semester

Submit Honors Thesis Proposal and Committee Selection (Form #2) - Deadline February 15

  • Honors Faculty Mentor Signature
  • Committee Signatures
  • Attach approved thesis proposal
    • (Thesis Proposal: Title Page, Introduction, Literature Review, Materials and Methods/Creative Plan, Literature Cited)

Continue your Honors Project

  • Data collection
  • Gathering background examples and materials

Apply for Bumpers College Undergraduate Research & Creative Project Grant – Deadline March

  • Watch for a message from the Honors Program Director with deadlines and links to the Bumpers College Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Grant

Enroll in at least one three-credit hour honors course

Year-end Milestones: 

  • Maintain 3.5+ cGPA
  • Completed 9–12 cumulative hours of honors coursework
  • Identify honors research committee
  • Write and submit proposal

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Fall Semester

Enroll in AFLS 400VH, Honors Thesis Hours.

Conclude Honors Project.

  • Continue Honors Thesis Document (Findings, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Implications, Recommendations, Literature Cited, Tables, Charts, Figures).

Apply for Graduation through UA Connect (at the completion of 95 credit hours).

Attend the Mandatory Bumpers College Honors Thesis Meeting – September 7,  from 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. in Gearhart Hall 26 – Honor College

Spring Semester

Complete Honors Thesis Document.

  • Provide thesis committee a copy of your thesis at least one week prior to defense

Defend Honors Project/Thesis - Deadline April 1.

  • Coordinate with honors faculty mentor and thesis committee to schedule a defense date, time and location.
  • Provide your thesis committee a copy of your completed thesis at least one week prior to your defense date.
  • Email aflshnrs@uark.edu the date, time and location of your Thesis Oral Defense at least one week prior to your scheduled defense date.
  • Provide the Thesis Oral Defense and Examination (Form #3) to your honors departmental representative for completion at your Thesis Oral Defense.

Submit Final Copy of thesis to ScholarWorks – Deadline April 15.

  • Incorporate all revisions and edits provided during defense.

Enroll in AFLS 400VH, Honors Thesis (if needed).

Submit your thesis to Discovery Magazine.

Attend Honors Graduation Reception.

  • Watch for a message from the Honors Program Director with the dates, times and locations of this event.

Year-end Milestones:

  • Complete 15 honors hours (9-12 honors credit hours, 3-6 thesis credit hours).
  • Graduate with Honors.

 

Step 1

Attend Thesis Meeting:

This meeting is an introduction to the guidelines and expectations of your honors thesis. This meeting is scheduled for September of every year.

Step 2

Identify Faculty Mentor:

Identify your faculty mentor and create a draft title of your honors thesis. Complete form 1 and submit by your respective deadline.

Step 3

Submit Thesis Proposal:

Identify your thesis committee and begin working on your thesis document. Complete your thesis proposal and form 2 and submit it by your respective deadline.

Step 4

Enroll in Thesis Hours:

Enroll in thesis hours and complete your thesis before your defense date. To enroll for thesis hours submit the Request to enroll for thesis hours form 400vH to the Deans Office.

Step 5

Defend Thesis:

Schedule a time and provide a copy of your thesis to your thesis committee at least one week before your defense date. Supply your committee with form 3.

Step 6

Submit Final Copy:

Submit the final copy of your thesis to ScholarWorks.

*Important tips:

  • If you have any questions, please contact your Honors Departmental Representative, the Coordinator for Student Programs or the Honors Program Director.