Workshops & Resources

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Workshops & Resources

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The Honors Thesis will be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences you’ll have as an Honors student. It might feel daunting at first, but Commonwealth Honors College offers a number of ways to help you succeed, including how-to workshops, advising support, a dedicated faculty writing coach, and faculty mentoring.


Honors Thesis Workshops

This series of workshops will give you an excellent overview of what to expect and how to prepare for the Honors Thesis, from the development of an idea through submission of the final paperwork.

Thesis workshops generally occur the last Tuesday of each month during the school year. Click through to the Events page to find details about upcoming sessions.

The workshops cover a range of topics:

 Timeline for completing an Honors Thesis

 Scope of the Honors Thesis

 Difference between a Thesis Seminar and an Individually Contracted Honors Thesis

 Creating a committee for an Individually Contracted Honors Thesis

 Choosing a Thesis Seminar

 How to approach an Honors Thesis

  • In social and behavioral sciences
  • In a STEM field
  • In the arts and humanities

 Developing an Honors Thesis concept and proposal

 Research resources

 Time management skills


CHC Writing Coach

Writing is a central part of the Honors College experience, and the CHC Writing Coach is a great resource for help with your written assignments and your Honors thesis.

The Writing Coach offers a range of services:

 Timeline for completing an Honors Thesis

 Brainstorming and developing your ideas

 Setting writing goals

 Developing a writing schedule to meet your deadlines

 Working through writer’s block

 Narrowing or broadening the scope of your writing project

 Feedback on the argument, flow, and content of your writing

 Strengthening your thesis statement

 Editing and revising drafts

 Timeline for completing an Honors Thesis

 Learning and implementing a particular citation style

 Strategies for framing challenging topics and themes

 Strategies for identifying relevant and appropriate sources

 Reviewing the CHC proposal and thesis requirements

 Formatting your proposal and thesis to meet the CHC requirements

 Writing an abstract to share your research at a conference or in a journal

 Reworking your writing into a presentation for a class, conference, or other form of presentation


Research Guide  

Research is the hallmark of the Honors College student. Through research, you will gain meaningful skills and experiences that have the potential to advance your future graduate school or career aspirations. 


How-To Guides

Each Honors Thesis receives a grade and is preserved in the University Archives.  

All Honors Thesis work must be documented according to specific guidelines.  


Research Funding Opportunities

You can apply for the Commonwealth Honors College Research Grants and Research Assistant Fellowships as early as your first year.


Honors Advisors

One of the advantages of being an Honors College student is our highly individualized advising. Your Honors Advisor is a great resource for planning for your thesis and to help you charting your academic journey.


Department Honors Program Directors

Each department has an Honors Program Director who approves, advises, and assists students pursuing the Departmental Honors thesis track. The Honors Program Director also reviews and approves applications for Departmental Honors and for Departmental Independent Study Honors courses.