Honors Thesis Timeline

The following dates reflect the typical timeline for a student completing an Honors thesis.

Co-op students and December graduates will have timelines different from that of the typical full-time Honors student. If you fall into one of these categories, please schedule a meeting with the Associate Director of Research to discuss a personalized timeline. Note that the majority of the following dates still apply.

Fourth or Fifth Semester

September

Submit Initial Information Document indicating interest in completing an Honors Program diploma.

September 30

Complete required Junior Honors Diploma Workshop by September 30.

November 10

Submit the Thesis Intent Document; the Honors Thesis Mentor must be chosen by this date. This formally acknowledges the student as a thesis writer.

  • Submit by 11/10/17 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/19
  • Submit by 11/10/18 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/20
  • Submit by 11/10/19 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/21
  • Submit by 11/10/20 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/22

Sixth Semester

January

Honors Program checks academic standing (student need take no action).

Attend required Junior Thesis Workshop.

February

Attend required Research Tools and Resources Workshop by February 15.

Complete Ethics training by February 15.

March 15

Submit the Thesis Research Proposal and Fellowship Application.

  • Thesis proposal due 3/15/18 if you will graduate in Spring, Summer or Fall 2019
  • Thesis proposal due 3/15/19 if you will graduate in Spring, Summer or Fall 2020
  • Thesis proposal due 3/15/20 if you will graduate in Spring, Summer or Fall 2021
  • Thesis proposal due 3/15/21 if you will graduate in Spring, Summer or Fall 2022

Grant awards announced in late April.

May 1

Thesis Progress Report I from Honors Thesis Mentor (student need take no action).

July 1

Thesis fellowships disbursed.

Seventh Semester

October

Attend required Senior Thesis Workshop.

November 1

Thesis Progress Report II from Honors Thesis Mentor (student need take no action).

November 15 (December graduates only)

To graduate with an Honors Program diploma submit digital copy all Word documents of the student's thesis to the University Honors Program Office Coordinator.*

*Important Note:  The Honors Program will have three copies of the Honors Thesis Project printed at the UD Copy Center (one each for student, mentor and UHP), plus a copy for any additional mentors.

Eighth Semester

January 15

Complete the Symposium Registration Form to register thesis information for the Honors Students Symposium.

March 1

Thesis Progress Report III from Honors Thesis Mentor (student need take no action).

March

Oral presentation of thesis at the Honors Students Symposium (HSS).

  • You participate in the HSS March 2018 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/18
  • You participate in the HSS March 2019 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/19
  • You participate in the HSS March 2020 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/20
  • You participate in the HSS March 2021 if you will graduate on or before 12/31/21

April

Poster presentation at the Stander Symposium.

April 7

To graduate with an Honors Program diploma submit digital copy all Word documents of the student's thesis to the University Honors Program Office Coordinator.

*Important Note:  The Honors Program will have three copies of the Honors Thesis Project printed at the UD Copy Center (one each for student, mentor and UHP), plus a copy for any additional mentors.

May 1

Honors thesis mentor submits change-of-grade forms for six hours of thesis credit (student need take no action).