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Thesis Guidelines for the College of Natural Science 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 contact.

Pertinent information on formatting, binding, and binding deadline:

Email Sharonda 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% cotton paper. Sharonda will take your signature pages (on 100% cotton paper) and 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 Sharonda. Once approved by Sharonda, 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 Sharonda as proof of payment.

Minimum number of copies: One total, (1) 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 MD Anderson Library once your thesis is approved.