Presenting Your Senior Honors Thesis

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. 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.

The conversation should take place after submission of the examination draft to the committee (ideally week 10-11 of the semester) and well before the final assessment of the project is due to the Honors Program (last day of finals). 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.

Second, students must present their completed Senior Honors Project at either the Spring or Fall Undergraduate Showcase for Research and Creative Work.  The oral presentation requirement at these events includes a 12-minute powerpoint presentation with a 3-minute question and answer segment.

As the semester progresses, the Undergraduate Showcase and the Honors Program will contact students regarding submission deadlines and workshop opportunities.  Correspondence with us is crucial to ensure the presentation requirement is fulfilled.

Students can present at alternate venues or academic conferences to fulfill the presentation requirement after getting approval from the Honors Director.  Subsequent to the alternate presentation, all relevant documentation must be submitted to the Honors Program to validate that the requirement has been completed.

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.

Please see the Upper Division Graduation Checklist for an ideal timeline of your last semester.