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What is an Honors Thesis?



The Honors College Thesis Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct original research and to use that research to construct a thesis. The thesis itself is a lengthy document based on the student's research that mirrors a publishable journal article within the respective academic field. The thesis is required for graduation with Highest Honors. In order to complete the thesis, students must enroll in HONS 3300 and HONS 4300 (three credits each) in consecutive semesters.


Students will produce a thesis under the guidance of a Thesis Director and their HONS 3300/4300 Instructor, who serves as the writing coach and editor who will guide students through the consolidation of research and the organization, writing, and revising of the thesis. Students must take HONS 3300 and HONS 4300, in which they will research, write, and extensively revise thesis drafts, in their final two long semesters (Fall/Spring or Spring/Fall) preceding graduation. For more information, please follow the link to Eligibility and Requirements .




Recent Highest Honors Alumni





Visit Thesis Day 2022 for information on our 2022 Highest Honors graduates.





Visit Thesis Day 2021 for information on our 2021 Highest Honors graduates.





Visit Thesis Day 2020 for information on our 2020 Highest Honors graduates.




  • Arianna Avalle, “Elena Ferrante as L'amica genial: The Novel, the Marketing and the Mysterious Pseudonym”

  • Anna Claire Beasley, “Datelines: Reporting from the Edge of Myself”

  • Boone Coleman, “Validation of Aquatic Plus Maze Using the South African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis”

  • Brittany Dean, “An Analysis of the Effects of Telecommunication Technology on Arraignment Decisions”

  • Samantha Espino, “Education and its Impact on Political Ideology: A Study in the United States”

  • Mary Girgis, “Infant Necrotizing Enterocolitis: Is There a Microbiome Connection”

  • Robin Greer, “Effects of Early Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity on Testicular Health in Mice”

  • Unique Jacobo, “A Consideration: Child Socioeconomic Status in Patient Medical History”

  • Emily Jenkins, “(Para)military: Uncovering the Two Secret Wars in Laos”

  • Farah Mechref, “Stateless: A Personal Journey through the Lives of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon”

  • Amanda Miller, “Vector: A Science Fiction Novel”

  • Justin Salgado, “The Expression of Sexuality and Gender, Post-World War II”

  • Shashi Sastry, “Decline of religion in the West: An Evolutionary Analysis of Causes and Consequences”

  • Boontharick Sopontammarak, “The Effect of Angiotensin on Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Pancreatic Beta-cells”

  • Kerri Spontarelli, “Contribution of the Hydroxyl Group and Phenol Ring of Tyrosine 780 of the a subunit to Na+ Binding by the Na/K Pump”

  • Sydney Stodghill, “The Diachronic Progress of Rapunzel: The Influence of the Maiden in the Tower throughout the Ages”

  • Jake Ware, “Sexual Assault in the Military: Progress, Refor, and Potential Problems”

  • Elizabeth Weis, “Wind Legislation Strategies for the Lone Star State”