The thesis advisor bears formal responsibility for conducting the defense and delivering the Defense Form to the Council chair. The council recommends a public defense whenever possible. The entire committee should agree beforehand whether consensus or majority vote will determine the outcome of the defense. All defenses must be completed by April 20.

The signed and completed Honors Thesis Defense Form must be returned by the last day of classes to the Honor's Council chair.

Instructions for the Miller Prize (best Honors Thesis)

If a student is nominated for the Miller Prize (description) a letter making a case for consideration must be signed by all three examiners and returned to the Honor's Council chair by April 25. The letter that requests consideration of a candidate for the Miller Prize must be accompanied by a copy of the thesis, including an abstract. The thesis and the supporting letters will be made available to subcommittee members through temporary reserve in the library. Theses will be returned to the advisor after the final decision has been made.

Council members who have not submitted nominations will make up the Miller Prize subcommittee. The subcommittee will meet on Reading Day to consider nominees and construct a short list of candidates. If your candidate is on the short list, you will be asked to attend the final selection meeting to present the merits of the candidate's thesis. If the Council representative is unable to attend the subcommittee meeting, the second reader may serve as the subcommittee member.

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