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Deadlines for Spring Graduates:

Spring and Summer Terms BEFORE Final Year (End 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.

Fall Term Senior (Final) Year

  1. Spring graduates must secure final approval of their thesis/capstone proposals from the Honors Program by the end of the second week of Fall term during their senior year; most students will secure approval before this deadline.
  2. By the second week of Fall 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. See Honors office for sample work plans.
  3. Complete a Graduation Audit with Honors Program Coordinator by the third week of Fall term.
  4. Complete any required non-honors capstone course for your major.
  5. Honors requires several drafts to the mentor 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 report dates in the work plan. Students should work with their mentors to set up reasonable deadlines for each draft of the project.

Spring Term Senior (Final) Year

  1. Successful students continue to submit drafts and meet regularly with committee members according to the work plan.
  2. 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).
  3. March/April: Spring graduates may choose to present their work publicly in the USU Student Research Symposium during Research Week. Abstracts are generally due in March for the April event. Contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for more information.
  4. April: 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. Attend Honors Program medallion ceremony and graduation celebration. At the medallion ceremony, students receive honors medallions to be worn at graduation and a certificate for honors achievement; the celebration is a party for all honors graduates. December graduates are invited to attend both events in the spring following their graduation.
  5. May: 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 so that they can become a permanent part of the Honors Program library and Digital Commons.


Download the full Honors Thesis/Capstone Handbook Here