Deadlines for Fall Graduates:
Fall and Spring Terms BEFORE Final Year (Beginning of Junior Year)
Enroll (or have previously enrolled) in HONR 3900 by Spring term. This one-credit class is complete only once a student submits a Thesis/Capstone Project Proposal. Work with mentor to begin project research, including literature review, laboratory work, creative planning, fieldwork, and/or primary source reading.
Spring and Summer Terms Junior Year (Terms Prior to Graduation)
- Complete a Graduation Audit with Honors Program Coordinator by the third week of Spring term.
- Complete any required non-honors capstone course for your major.
- March/April: Fall graduates may apply to participate in the USU Student Research Symposium during Research Week, if they have completed enough work to warrant presentation. Abstracts are generally due in March for the April event; check with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for more information. Students who choose not to present at Student Research Symposium should work with their mentors and the Honors office to find another public presentation venue for Fall term.
- Fall graduates must secure final approval of their thesis/capstone proposals from the Honors Program by the end of the second week of Summer term before their senior year.
- By the second week of Summer term, each student should also have met with his or her committee to finalize a detailed work plan, including firm due dates for each draft of the project and for the public presentation or defense, which must be completed and documented by the last day of classes. Please keep in mind that most faculty are on 9-month contracts and may not be available to work with students during the summer; students should plan to work throughout the summer and to present faculty with the results of that work at the beginning of their final Fall term. See the Honors office for sample work plans. Honors requires several drafts plus a final mentor-approved draft to all committee members. Typically, only the primary faculty mentor reads the preliminary drafts, but students are responsible for giving other members of the committee regular progress reports: include these reports dates in the work plan. Students should work with their mentors to set up reasonable deadlines for each draft of the project.
Fall Term Senior (Final) Year
- Students should meet with mentors during the first week of classes to report on summer work. Successful students continue to submit drafts and meet regularly with committee according to the work plan.
- After revising with the faculty mentor, students submit a polished final draft to their committees at least one week before the last day of classes. This date allows time for faculty to review the project before a defense (must be completed by the last day of classes) and for students to complete required revisions before the final Honors Program deadline (one week after the last day of classes). Students should remember that the revisions required by mentors and committees are not optional. All honors students must work with their mentors to craft a high quality final project in which both mentor and student take pride. Students will earn honors credit for their thesis/capstone projects only if their mentors and committees believe that the final product is carefully crafted, thoughtfully revised, and professionally presented. Students who do not complete all requested revisions to final projects by the Honors deadline will be ineligible to graduate with honors. It is the student’s responsibility to edit and proofread; help is available from the Honors Program Writing Tutor(s).
- October/November: Complete and document public presentation of the project, as necessary
- November/December: All final drafts to committees are due one week before the end of classes; defenses or public presentations must be held and documented by the last day of classes. All final, revised copies of thesis/capstone projects are due to the Honors office one week after the last day of classes. The final copy must be carefully proofread and formatted, including the signed University Honors cover page, the Honors Thesis/Capstone Evaluation form, documentation of public presentation, and the Electronic Thesis/Capstone Approval form (forms can be found here). All thesis/capstone projects are bound and digitized as a permanent part of the Honors Program library and Digital Commons. Students will receive honors medallions to be worn at Spring commencement and a certificate acknowledging honors achievement. December graduates are also invited to attend the Honors Program medallion ceremony and graduation celebration party in late April.
Download the full Honors Thesis/Capstone Handbook Here