Formatting and Submitting your Honors Project

Students must submit their final projects as a digital file to the Honors Program on the following deadlines for it to be reviewed by the Honors Council. The Senior Honors Project is the most important component of the application materials that you submit to the Honors Program. Please make sure that you follow our instructions carefully.

Spring Semester: April 15
Fall Semester: November 10
Summer Semester: July 30

Please save your file as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_SENIORPROJECT.filetype

Because of the variety of formats and styles across disciplines there are no standard criteria for formatting the Senior Honors Project.  The Honors Council has established a minimum length requirement of 25 pages (less for creative work) of text, exclusive of front matter, diagrams, tables, appendices and bibliography, but in practice there is a wide range in page length and again, the committee is in the best position to judge quantity as well as quality of the work.

Projects need to be formatted according to the Honors Program template.

  • single sided pages
  • 1 inch margins on all sides
  • 12 point font
  • double spacing (single-spaced for any block quotations)
  • all pages numbered according the pagination rules described below

The format and order of pages is as follows:
1) Cover page: The cover page is aligned center and not paginated. Please see provided TEMPLATE for required formatting and information.
2) Acknowledgements (optional): The acknowledgments page should be paginated using lower-case Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, etc.). We strongly recommend students to thank their Senior Honors Project committee here.
3) Abstract or Précis and Keywords: A short summary or “blurb” of your project that fully describes it. Maximum 250 words. Paginated in lower-case Roman numerals. Include two to three keywords at the bottom of the page in bold.
4) Table of contents: This may be as simple as “Reflection” (page #) with the project itself attached (for Creative Theses) or could be more elaborate with chapters, or sections for written projects or visual arts portfolios.
5) List of Tables and/or Figures (optional, if used): The list must refer to correct captions/titles of figures and page numbers. Paginated in lower-case Roman numerals.
6) Main body: In the main body of the reflection, follow the established style manual in your discipline, which may be one of the main styles (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, etc.) or one appropriate to your discipline or even a particular journal in your discipline. Students should check with their thesis advisor.