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An undergraduate thesis is an official, academically integrated undergraduate research project with a formal written outcome.  Completing a thesis is permanently recognized on a student's diploma as graduation with "Research Distinction" or with "Honors Research Distinction". Theses are permanently stored in the University Library's Knowledge Bank so they are also considered to be a published material.

The requirements for graduating with research distinction vary by college, but generally include submitting an application to complete a thesis at least a semester prior to graduation, enrolling in thesis course credit hours, submitting a written thesis manuscript and completing an oral examination or defense to a faculty panel.

Students should discuss their interest in completing a research distinction project with their research advisor and academic advisor as early as possible.