The Honors Council is divided into four divisional categories, each having a sub-chair (humanities, natural sciences, social sciences & management, and engineering & mathematics). The information from the Intent to Direct a Thesis online form are used for organizational purposes. The Letter of Nominations are used for evaluation of candidates, particularly those students who do not meet the minimum GPA criteria (3.5 cumulative or in major). We try to provide decisions on the student's eligibility for the honors program if their GPA is under the minimum prior to proposal deadlines. The Council hopes that generating the content for the Letters of Nomination will foster discussions of individual Honors students and their theses at the departmental level, and the criteria that are relevant for each unique department or program. In the case where the advisor is also the chair of the department or program, a different member of the department or program must endorse The Letter of Nomination.
The Honors Council requests that the advisor submit the Intent to Direct a Thesis online form by 20 April of the student's penultimate year for May graduates OR 25 November (or prior to Thanksgiving Break) for December graduates (including students who will be student teaching during the spring of their senior year). The Intent to Direct a Thesis webform will automatically generate a request for the Chair of the chosen department to approve of the student's nomination based on the student's academic standing in the department. The Department / Program chair is asked to independently review the nomination based on the student's academic performance in the major and relative to other students in the major.
The Letter of Nomination must be submitted to the same online form or sent by email to the chair of Honors Council on or before 1 September (for May graduates) OR 25 January (for December graduates). The Letter of Nomination for all nominated students should: 1) provide the student's GPA, overall and in major; 2) detail the merit of the thesis; and 3) the qualifications of the student pursuing honors. This letter must be signed by the advisor and a co-advisor or second reader. For students not meeting the GPA requirement (3.5 cumulative or in major), the Letter of Nomination should also: 4) provide details regarding the student's performance in their major; 5) ability to successfully complete the thesis; and 6) clearly address any extenuating circumstances that may have contributed to their GPA.
Please contact the chair of the Honors Council with questions.