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Thesis Guidelines for the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

The Senior Honors Thesis in hotel and restaurant management (HRM) is typically envisioned and executed entirely as a written piece of work. This kind of thesis might resemble a long research paper in form, but it is different than a class paper. It tackles a problem that others have not yet addressed adequately, or it approaches the problem from a new angle. Research into what others have said and done is the essential first step, but your thesis should go beyond prior work to include your own insights and critical thinking. You should have an acquaintance with the relevant scholarship and display originality in the formulation of your arguments. Typically, such a thesis will run 50-75 pages.

Hotel & Restaurant Management Senior Honors Thesis Representative

Jeremy Dafoe is your contact in the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Rikki Bettinger is your contact in the Honors College.

For pertinent information on formatting and binding, HRM students should reference CLASS guidelines:

Email Dafoe for an appointment during the semester you are defending your thesis. 

Minimum number of copies: One for the Honors College. However, you should ask your research mentor if he/she would like a bound copy of your thesis and if the department would like a copy. You will also be required to submit an electronic copy of your thesis to the M.D. Anderson Library once your thesis is approved.