University of South Florida
Honors Thesis: Creative, Applied, and Scholarly Research ProjectsThis course is structured to provide you with a meaningful mentored experience, empoweringyou in the development of an individualized thesis project unique to your background
andinterest. Foundational to this project is the support of a thesis chair whom you will
seek outand invite to oversee your work. In the course of two semesters, you will accomplish
These skills will be important for your first job, graduate school and internships.
Theemphasis of the thesis process is on developing independence in your inquiry and for
you toexperience the kind of mentoring relationship you might get in graduate school. Being
ableto articulate what you did doing your thesis project, particularly why and how, can
be anincredibly important form of storytelling about who you are and what skills you have;
yourstory is especially relevant in medical school applications, graduate school application,
orpursuing career opportunities in the workforce.
A key objective of the thesis project is to expose you to the kind of mentoring relationshipyou might experience in graduate school. Thus, your most important activities will
be thedevelopment and maintenance of a meaningful working relationship with your thesis
IDH 4970 - 001: Honors Thesis IStudents in this course have completed a reflection activity as well as an annotated
bibliography introducing them to the enterprise of inquiry-based projects. They are
required to meet with several faculty members (if they have not already secured a
thesis chair) for informational interviews. Prior to interviews, students should have
reviewed the C.V. and recent publications of the faculty member.
Important Dates (Thesis I):
*Students will be asked to submit an agreement form signed by their thesis chair. It is strongly recommended that students look for a
thesis chair BEFORE registering for the Thesis I course.
IDH 4970 - 002: Honors Thesis II Students in this course have confirmed they are working with a thesis chair. They
are expected to actively engage with chairs through regular communication, meetings,
and draft revisions.
Important Dates (Thesis II):
IDH 4970 001 & 002: Course Syllabus Sample
Thesis Overall Content, Process, & DirectionAtsuko Sakai, M.Arch. Faculty, Judy Genshaft Honors College
Degree Works & Course Requirements Assigned Honors College advisor
Thesis PermitsPlease complete this form Brainstorming & Ideation – Honors College Faculty
Honors Thesis Prep:● Thesis Prep 1: Finding Thesis Topic● Thesis Prep 2: Thesis Structure & Thesis Chair● Thesis Prep 3: Project Schedule & Organizing Thesis● Thesis Prep 4: Preparing & Planning Early● A Quick Info Sheet for Thesis Chair (Sample)