The Honors Thesis Experience is a twelve-month, two-semester, six-credit research process that produces a final document referred to as the Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is a substantial, written piece of work created by a single individual under the guidance of a thesis mentor. Students pursuing an Honors Thesis would normally enroll for two semesters of independent study. An Honors Thesis has either a well-structured thesis statement or hypothesis that is then defended by analysis and argument. Such defense is supported by the interpretation of data or careful analysis and interpretation of primary source materials. Data can be collected in a variety of ways including experimentation or via surveys. The goal of the Honors Thesis is to create new knowledge.
The Honors Thesis Grant
The Honors College will grant up to $500 for materials and/or activities (including travel) related to the Honors Student’s Thesis. The number of grants awarded will be determined by available funding. To be eligible to apply, a student must be a member in good standing of the Honors College and must be working on an Honors Thesis. There is no deadline for applying for this grant, but you must have at least one more semester at UMass Lowell in order to receive the funding.
Download the Senior Research Grant Application (pdf).
Your Honors Thesis Proposal should Include:
- The semester(s) in which you are completing your Thesis
- The courses (Capstone, Independent/Directed Study, Senior Research) you will be using to satisfy your H7/H8 Requirements
- A Thesis overview
- A Thesis rationale/justification
- The format your Thesis will take
- The format of the archivable components of your Thesis (ie an article-length document, a reflection paper and blueprints, a script and an artist's statement)
- A timeline for completion of your work
- A working bibliography
- Include a Proposal Form (pdf) signed by your Honors Mentor and at least one additional faculty member.