Honors students present and discuss their completed projects in at least two different moments in their last semester:
First, students are expected to engage in a conversation with their thesis committee upon submission of their first full draft (ideally halfway through the final semester). Remember, you want to give your committee time to read and review the first completed draft, so give them plenty of time to do so before you submit your final draft to Honors for their evaluation.
This conversation is not a defense as such, but is a means for the thesis committee to collectively and individually give feedback and advice for the revision process. It should be seen as an opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the thesis, and particularly how it could be improved by further work and how it might be prepared for publication.
Second, students must orally present their completed Senior Honors Project at either the Spring or Fall Undergraduate Showcase for Research and Creative Work. Honors also encourages students to participate in the Poster Session at the Undergraduate Showcase. For details regarding the requirement, criteria and registration deadlines, please the Undergraduate Showcase Website.
Lastly, in some cases, departments may have additional requirements. Students in Global Environmental Sciences, for example, are expected to give a public defense of their thesis in addition to presenting at the Undergraduate Showcase and engaging in a conversation. Students should check with their individual program requirements.