Members of the Honors College are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, and undergraduate research (or creative activity) is required for students who wish to graduate with Highest Honors from the Honors College.
HON 4913 is an independent-study course option offered through the Honors College. Students may enroll in HON 4913 with any UTSA tenured or tenure-track instructor and earn Honors credit for participation in research. Students who wish to enroll in HON 4913 with an instructor who is not a tenured or tenure-track faculty member must seek permission from the Associate Dean of the Honors College.
All students who wish to graduate with Highest Honors must complete an Honors thesis. More information on the Honors Thesis is available from the Office of the Honors College or by downloading the Honors Thesis Handbook.
The Thesis Information Form should be completed and submitted by students that are beginning the thesis process. You are not required to register for an Honors Thesis course, but most students choose to do so. There are two types of Honors Thesis courses – HON 4993 or a 4993 course in your major (e.g., BIO 4993, CS 4993, PSY 4993). To register for a 4993 course in any academic discipline, you must complete a Thesis Course Registration Form and turn it in to the Office of the Honors College. This information will keep the Honors College up to date on the direction that you are taking on your thesis research, and document the members of your thesis advisory committee.
Each semester, students working on an Honors thesis present their work in poster format at the Honors College Research Symposium. Typically, the Symposium is held in the afternoon of the second of the two Study Days at the end of the term. Photos of different methods of poster presentation are available here.
The Honors College is providing research and travel grants up to $500 for students working on undergraduate research projects. The funds are distributed as reimbursements. Click here for information on how to apply.
The Honors Thesis Proposal Template should be used by thesis students that are in the first semester of 4993 and developing their thesis proposal. The section headings for your thesis proposal should be similar to those included in the template.
The Honors Thesis Template should be used by thesis students that are in the second semester of 4993 and completing their thesis research. The section headings for your complete thesis should be similar to those included in the template.
Each template contains several phrases that are highlighted in yellow on the first 3 pages, which should be corrected for your project (e.g., Thesis Title, Author’s Name, Month and Year of Graduation). Also, an indexed Table of Contents is included that refers to Chapters as Heading 1, and sub-sections as Heading 2. These are guides for using Word’s indexing tools and automatically building the Table of Contents.
List of Tables and
List of Figures at the beginning of the thesis
documents could also be automatically built using similar tools in Word, by using the caption style for tables
and figures that appear in the body of the thesis.
Please contact Dr. Donald Robin for assistance or questions related to the use of these templates, and thesis organization or content at firstname.lastname@example.org.