The Honors Council is divided into four divisional categories, each having a sub-chair (humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering and mathematics). Council representatives read only those proposals that are within their divisional expertise. The information from the Letters of Intent and Nomination are used to organize ourselves into sub-groups for the fall and set up defense committees in the spring.

The advisor must submit the Letter of Intent to Direct a Thesis form in the student's penultimate year by April 20 for spring graduates, or November 25 (or prior to the Thanksgiving break) for fall graduates. A complete, signed Letter of Nomination must be sent by email to the chair of Honors Council by the same date.

The Letter of Intent must be accompanied by a Letter of Nomination detailing the merit of the thesis and the qualifications of the student pursuing honors, and signed by the advisor and a co-advisor or second reader. The Letter of Nomination must also be endorsed by the department or program in which the student is seeking honors; such endorsement can be confirmed with the signature of the chair of the department or program. For students not meeting the GPA requirement of 3.5, the Letter of Nomination should provide details regarding the student's performance in their major and potential to complete the thesis. 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, co-advisor or second reader is also the chair of the department or program, a third member of the department or program must represent the endorsement for the Letter of Nomination, whenever possible.

Please contact the chair of Honors Council with questions.

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