For the Honors Thesis Mentor

An "Honors Thesis Mentor" for an Honors thesis is a full-time member of the University of Dayton faculty from the department in which the student is completing a thesis (typically his or her own department).

The Honors Thesis Mentor Roles

The Honors Thesis Mentor performs the following roles:

  • Oversees the project from its inception
  • Decides what threshold the student must meet
  • Provides feedback until the project is completed
  • Provide interim progress reports to the UHP
  • Grades the completed project (noting that a grade of "B" or better on the six credit hours associated with the project is necessary to complete the Honor Program diploma option)

Exceptions:  There may be circumstances when a student has an Honors Thesis Mentor who is not a full-time UD faculty member. For example, an Honors Thesis Mentor could be a UD staff member; an expert from another college, university or research lab; or a mentor from a community or service organization. In these cases a student will also need an "Advisor of Contact" who serves to coordinate the administrative functions related to the thesis, and is responsible for submitting interim progress reports, IP grades and final grades. The department chair or program director for which the thesis credits are being pursued serves as the Advisor of Contact in such cases. The Advisor of Contact does not have an active role in the oversight of the project and does not set the expectations for content or completion.

NOTE:  The UHP does not provide additional compensation for individuals who serve as an Honors Thesis Mentor or Advisor of Contact.

How Is a Thesis Student Graded?

The thesis is a single, extended learning experience. Typically, no grades are awarded until the thesis is finished. A student will receive "IP" (In Progress) grades on all thesis credit hours until the thesis is completed. When the thesis is finished, the "IP" grades will be changed to appropriate letter grades. The grading of all six credit hours of thesis is the responsibility of the Adviser of Contact. Students should always review grading standards and criteria very carefully with their advisors during the early stages of the thesis.

If a student decides to discontinue the thesis project prior to its completion or, in rare cases in which the student is not making satisfactory progress towards the completion of the thesis, the student must formally withdraw from the thesis hours through the University Registrar. The drop form must be signed by the student, Advisor of Contact (instructor), academic advisor and the respective Dean, then submitted to the Registrar. A “W” grade will be assigned.

If the student fails to submit a written thesis but participated at the Honors Student Symposium and the Stander Symposium, a grade may be assigned for the first three-credit-hour thesis course at the discretion of the department chair or program director.