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Honors: Thesis and Deadlines

  • Q: What is an Honors thesis?
    • A: A written report of a creative, scholarly project dealing with teaching, research, or outreach. It has clear objectives and conclusions and involves original, independent work of the student. It is NOT a book report or literature review of a topic, an opinion paper on why something is good or bad, or a paper that lacks novel and critical analysis.

  • Q: What are the deadlines for submitting a proposal and final thesis?
    • A: If you are graduating Fall 2014:

      • -Proposal is due to CALS Honors Program Director by Friday June 13, 2014.
      • -Thesis due to CALS Honors Program Director by Friday November 21, 2014

      A: If you are graduating Spring 2015:

      • -Proposal is due to CALS Honors Program Director by Friday September 26, 2014
      • -Thesis due to CALS Honors Program Director by Friday April 10, 2015

      A: If you are graduating Summer 2014:

      • -Proposal is due to CALS Honors Program Director by Friday February 14, 2014
      • -Thesis due to CALS Honors Program Director by Friday July 18, 2014
  • Q: How long is a typical CALS thesis?
    • A: There is no length requirement; typically theses are 10-50 pages double spaced, not counting figures, tables, literature cited, and appendices. The focus is quality, not quantity.

  • Q: Should I do an honors thesis?
    • A: Yes, if you:

      • -Are in the CALS Honors Program
      • -Wish to graduate from UF with magna or summa cum laude Latin Honors
      • -Like to work one-on-one with distinguished faculty
      • -Can devote up to several hours per week to your project
      • -Are self-motivated and manage time effectively
      • -Wish to enhance your qualifications for graduate or professional school admission
  • Q: How do I get more information?
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