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COMPLETING A RESEARCH THESIS

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.

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 aresearch distinction project with their research advisor and academic advisor as early as possible.

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES
*if your department/college is not listed below, speak with your academic advisor about guidelines for graduating with research distinction

WRITING A THESIS

The guidelines for writing and formatting a thesis vary by college, but example theses can be viewed in the Knowledge Bank's Undergraduate Research Theses and Honors Research Theses collection.

The Writing Center offers assistance with writing via online resources or consultations with staff.