Deadlines and Timeline for Fall Graduates:
Fall and Spring Terms BEFORE Final Year (Beginning of Junior Year)
Enroll (or have previously enrolled) in HONR 3900 by spring of junior year. This one-credit class is complete only once a student submits an Honors Capstone 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 an honors graduation audit with the University Honors Program Advisor by the third week of spring term.
- Complete any required non-honors capstone course in the 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 may also present at the smaller Fall Student Research Symposium or work with their mentors and the University Honors Program staff to find another public presentation venue for fall term.
- Fall graduates must secure final approval of their capstone proposals from the University 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 the 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 faculty are often on 9-month contracts and may not be able to work with students during the summer; students should plan to work independently and to present faculty with the results of that work at the beginning of their final fall term. Sample work plans are available from the University Honors Program office. The University Honors Program 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 collaborate 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 University 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 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 deadline will be ineligible to graduate with honors. It is the student’s responsibility to edit and proofread; help is available from the University 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 capstone projects are due to the Honors Program 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 Capstone Oral Presentation Verification form, and the Electronic Capstone Approval form (see capstone forms here). All capstone projects are bound and digitized as a permanent part of the University Honors Program library and Digital Commons. Students will receive honors medallions to be worn at spring commencement and a certificate of honors achievement. December graduates are also invited to attend the University Honors Program medallion ceremony and graduation celebration party in late April.
Download the full Honors Capstone Handbook here.