EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

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Oral Presentations of Thesis Proposals

Students are required to give a 5 - 10 minute presentation of their respective thesis proposals. This presentation is generally scheduled for the last week of April and is given to University Honors Council members, thesis mentors, fellow proposal presenters, and Honors sophomores. Both your Thesis Mentor and Second Reader should have reviewed your proposal prior to this presentation (see Schedule and Due Dates Section). After effecting required revisions a final copy of the Thesis Proposal is to be submitted to the Program Director (refer to Schedule and Due Dates Section for submission date.) Failure to meet this requirement places your status in the University Honors Program in jeopardy.

Honors Thesis

Honors students conducting their thesis research must be registered for HON 488 - Honors Thesis. The registration form for this course is available from the Program Director. Students typically register for HON 488 for 2 credits each semester of their senior year, but this allocation of the 4-credit requirement can be altered pending consultation with the Program Director. Registration for HON 488 for the Fall semester should be completed prior to the end of the preceding spring semester; registration for HON 488 for the Spring semester should be completed prior to the end of the preceding Fall semester. Again, the completed registration form must be received in the appropriate Academic Dean's office by the end of the 2nd week of the semester in which the course is to be taken.

Thesis research is typically conducted during the summer preceding the Senior year or during the Fall semester of the Senior year. The Spring semester of the Senior year should be dedicated to writing and revising the thesis. (Refer to the Schedule and Due Dates Section for specific due dates.) The Honors Thesis Approval Form should accompany the copy of the thesis submitted to the Thesis Mentor. This form is available from the Program Director. Once the Thesis Mentor has approved the thesis, a copy of the thesis and the Honors Thesis Approval Form (bearing the signature of the Thesis Mentor) should be delivered to the assigned Second Reader. The due date for submission of the thesis to the Second Reader (specified in the Schedule and Due Dates Section) must be met if the student wishes to be recognized as an Honors Scholar at the Spring Graduation Commencement.

The final copy of the Honors Thesis submitted to the Program Director must bear the standard Honors Thesis Title Page. (Note: This is not the same title page as that of the Thesis Proposal.) This title page should bear the signatures of the Thesis Mentor and Second Reader. The Thesis Approval Form should accompany the Thesis but not be attached to it, and should indicate the approval of the Thesis Mentor and Second Reader, as well as the date and venue of the thesis presentation.

Thesis Format
For most students the format of the Honors Thesis will be the same as that of the Thesis Proposal, with the exception that a Discussion section will follow the Results section. In some disciplines the Results/Discussion section may be integrated. For those students whose thesis involves a creative project, your "creative product" is really your "Results", so the Discussion portion of your narrative will be a reflection on the experience of completing your project.

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