Thesis Year by Year

 Teaching moment in Communication Disorders Program

What topics would you like to explore in depth? Are there faculty members whose research fascinates you? It's never too early to start thinking about the honors thesis. 

Fall Semester

  • Enroll in University Perspectives, UNIV 1001H.
  • Enroll in at least one three-credit hour honors course.
  • Complete 6 hours of honors credit to qualify for Honors College Grants: Study Abroad and Research Grants.

Spring Semester

Attend COEHP Honors Thesis Meeting: 

  • Required in spring freshman year or fall sophomore year
  • February 21, 2018, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • HPER 103

Explore Research Opportunities:

  • Volunteer in professors’ labs/areas of research (i.e. thermoregulation in diabetic patients, alternate learning strategies for children 8-10 years old).
  • Learn laboratory methods and equipment, along with techniques like pipetting and sterilization.
  • Compare and contrast these experiences to begin determining which research topics interest you the most.

 Research in the Exercise Science Program

What topics would you like to explore in depth? Are there faculty members whose research fascinates you? It's never too early to start thinking about the honors thesis.

Fall Semester

Attend COEHP Honors Thesis Meeting:

  • Required in spring freshman year or fall sophomore year
  • TBA (September 2018)

Determine Your Research/Thesis Mentor:

  • Contact Honors Council member in your department for help in finding a research mentor.
  • Search COEHP website for professor’s research interests.
  • Email professors and ask to observe their research.
  • Meet with the potential faculty member about joining a research team.
  • Begin research with a professor.

Spring Semester

  • Read and write over the summer.
  • Create a summer reading list of books and scholarly articles
  • Students are strongly encouraged to have a research mentor by the end of the spring semester. 
  • Develop a strong research question and begin writing a SURF Grant Application (thesis mentor will assist with the process). 

For Exercise Science students: enroll in EXSC 3723H Honors Research Methods in Exercise Science

  • Discuss this course with you honors mentor.
  • This course will replace KINS 3901H, if taken. 

 Student teacher leading class

What topics would you like to explore in depth? Are there faculty members whose research fascinates you? It's never too early to start thinking about the honors thesis.

Fall Semester

Develop research idea.

Enroll in Honors Thesis Tutorial - 3901H.

Search by departmental prefix, and enroll in thesis mentor’s section (example:  CIED 3901H).

Apply for SURF Grant:

Enroll in Honors Thesis Tutorial - 3901H 

  • Discuss with honors thesis mentor before enrolling. 

Assemble Honors Thesis/Project Committee (must be University of Arkansas faculty):

  • Faculty Mentor
  • Faculty Member
  • Faculty Member

Spring Semester

Complete Thesis Proposal.

Present thesis proposal to committee (optional; discuss with Thesis Mentor):

  • Read and write over the summer.
  • Create a summer reading list of books and scholarly articles.    

Clinic for hearing, speech

What topics would you like to explore in depth? Are there faculty members whose research fascinates you? It's never too early to start thinking about the honors thesis.

Fall Semester

Enroll in Honors Thesis/Project – 498VH.

  • Required to enroll in 498VH in semester you are defending.
  • Search by departmental prefix, and enroll in thesis mentor’s section (example: RHRC 498VH).

Present Proposal to Thesis Committee (ideally presented in junior year).

  • Research Mentor will assist with scheduling presentation.

Submit Honors Thesis/Project Proposal Form (unless you submitted in junior year).

  • Deadline: Dead Day.

Apply for Graduation through UA Connect.

  • Meet with academic or department advisor for degree check. 

Spring Semester

Complete Thesis/Research Project.

  • Complete data collection by March 1 (dates are suggested, but meet with thesis mentor to confirm).
  • Write results in March and April.

Defend Thesis/Research Project – final week of April or earlier.

  • Work with mentor and committee to establish a defense date, time, and location.
  • Meet with your faculty mentor to select a format for your thesis defense from the options below.
    • Traditional academic defense
    • Conference presentation
    • Presentation at COEHP Honors Symposium in April
  • Provide committee a copy of your thesis at least two weeks prior to defense.
  • Bring a copy of the Thesis/Project Approval Form and Thesis Evaluation Tool to defense.

Submit Final Copy of Thesis to ScholarWorks.

Attend Honors Convocation.

  • Receive honors medallion.
  • Held annually the third week of April.

Six Steps to your Honors Degree:

Step 1

Attend Thesis / Project Meeting:

All Honors students welcome.

Mandatory for sophomore and junior honors students. 

February 21, 2018

5:30-6:30pm

HPER 103

Step 2

Assemble Thesis / Project Committee:

Find a Research Mentor that interests you.

Step 3

Enroll in Thesis Tutorial:

Under the direction of your Research Mentor.

Step 4

Submit and Defend Project Proposal:

Must be completed by Dead Day the semester before graduation.

Proposal Form

Step 5

Enroll in Thesis Course:

Under the direction of your Research Mentor.

Step 6

Defend Thesis / Project & Submit Final Copy:

Must be completed by Dead Day the semester of graduation.

Approval Form

Evaluation Tool

*Important tips:

  • Start early.
  • Apply for research funding.