- Honors Program
- Program Information
- Honors Thesis
- Honors Thesis General Information
- Honors Thesis FAQs
- Thesis Timeline
- Honors Thesis Mentors
- Thesis Intent Document
- Palermo Fund
- Arnold Memorial Scholarship
- Research Proposal
- Evaluation Guidelines
- Honors Students Symposium
- Honors Students Symposium General Information
- Thesis Manuscript Templates
- Stander Symposium: Poster Presentation Guidelines
- Berry Summer Thesis Institute
- Summer Thesis Institute FAQs
- Advising for Awards and Graduate School
For the Honors Thesis Mentor
An "Honors Thesis Mentor" for an Honors thesis is a tenured or tenure-track 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)
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 Honors Thesis Mentor or (or the Advisor of Contact -- see "Exception" above). Students should always review grading standards and criteria very carefully with their mentors 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.