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Thesis Guidelines for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

A Senior Honors Thesis, in an experimentation-based discipline, typically arises from close collaboration with a faculty member on an existing research project. Ideally, you will identify a significant aspect of that research and craft a smaller project representing your own work. The thesis should include an introduction explaining the relevance of your work to the broader field of study, a brief literature review, pertinent explanations of all technical innovations and processes and an appropriate representation of results achieved. On average, the thesis will be between 30-60 pages.

NSM Senior Honors Thesis Representative

Sharonda Glass from the NSM Dean's Office is your primary contact. Rikki Bettinger is your contact in the Honors College.

Pertinent information on formatting, binding and binding deadline can be found here.

Email Glass for an appointment to submit your Honors Thesis prior to the deadline. Your signature pages should be signed by all three of your committee members on 100 percent cotton paper. Glass will take your signature pages and a copy of your defended thesis (on regular paper) for review. She will get Dean Wells’ signature for you. She will email you when the materials are ready to pick up. You will make the corrections and resubmit the thesis to Glass, and once approved, you will go to the University Copy Center, located in the Welcome Center (Suite 102). All payments are made at the University Copy Center, and the student must bring the receipt back to Glass as proof of payment.

Minimum number of copies: One for the Honors College is optional. 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.