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Honors Thesis

The Honors Thesis Experience

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 archievable 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. 

HONORS MENTOR FORM DEADLINES


Cross 84 Credit Threshold After Summer Session
Cross 84 Credit Threshold After Fall Semester
Cross 84 Credit Threshold After Spring Semester
File Honors Mentor Form (with or without mentor's signature)
Sept. 15
Jan. 31
Sept. 15

Honors Thesis Deadlines


Two-semester Thesis/Project 

(Commencing Summer Season)

Two-Semester Thesis/Project
 (Commencing Summer Session)
Two-Semester Thesis/Project
(Commencing Fall Semester)
One-Semester Project
(Commencing Fall Semester)
One-Semester Project
(Commencing Spring Semester)
Refile Signed Mentor Form Declaring Mentor (if filed earlier without Mentor) Jan. 31
Sept. 15
Sept. 30
Sept. 15 Jan. 31
Complete H7 Spring Semester Summer Session Fall Semester
Fall Semester
(Can be concurrent with H8)
Spring Semester
(Can be concurrent with H8)
Find Committee Member(s)
Spring Advising Period
(Late March) 
Sept. 15
Fall Advising Period
(Mid October)
Sept. 30 Jan. 31
File Proposal with Honors College March 31 Sept. 15 Oct. 31 Sept. 30 Jan. 31
Complete H8 Fall Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Present Honors Thesis/Project to Mentor, Committee Member(s), and Honors College Present By Fall Reading Day (Honors Presentation Days are held the first week after Thanksgiving) Present By Fall Reading Day (Honors Presentation Days are held the first week after Thanksgiving) Present By Spring Reading Day (Honors Presentation Days are held during the last two weeks of the semester) Present By Fall Reading Day (Honors Presentation Days are held the first week after Thanksgiving) Present By Spring Reading Day (Honors Presentation Days are held during the last two weeks of the semester)
File Completion Form and Final Paperwork Fall Finals Period Fall Finals Period Spring Finals Period Fall Finals Period Spring Finals Period