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Honors Thesis Resources

The Senior Honors Thesis is the culmination of the Honors undergraduate experience allowing students to synthesize learning using critical analysis and logical thinking. Students will complete an independent research and/or creative project under the direction of a primary Thesis Advisor and the Honors Director. The Thesis Advisor is a faculty member with expertise in a discipline closely related to the topic of the thesis project. Students submit a written thesis and deliver a public oral presentation of their work. 

In order to guide students through this process, many materials have been gathered here for your convenience. Below you will find a copy of the Honors Thesis Guidebook, a compilation of many resources and instructions which are useful to the process of completing a thesis. You will also find a selection of AACU Rubrics, which students will parse through and select from when deciding how their thesis should best be judged. 

Additionally, this page will contain links to the Honors Thesis Digital Archive, a collection of previous Honors Theses, preserved by the Auraria Library, as well as a link to the MSU Denver Honors Program YouTube page, where many previous Honors Thesis Symposium presentations have been recorded and uploaded. Feel free to browse through these collections to get an idea of what a completed Honors Thesis looks like, to help develop your own thoughts and ideas as you work towards completing your own Honors Thesis.


Honors Thesis Guidebook

The Honors Thesis Guidebook is a tool to help you navigate your way through the process of completing the Honors Thesis. Keep the Guidebook handy between now and your thesis completion. If you have a question about the process you can find most information in the Guidebook. However, it is not an exhaustive resource, so be sure to consult with your Thesis Advisor and the honors staff for additional information and guidance. The Guidebook should also be a helpful resource for your Thesis Advisor(s) as the Guidebook contains information about expectations for students, primary Thesis Advisors, and additional readers. We encourage you to share the Guidebook with your Thesis Advisor(s) right away.

Download here: Thesis Guidebook Jan 2020

Honors Thesis Syllabus

The Senior Honors Thesis is the culmination of the Honors undergraduate experience. In this course, students complete an independent research and/or creative project under the direction of a primary Thesis Advisor and the Honors Director. The Thesis Advisor is a faculty member with expertise in a discipline closely related to the topic of the thesis project. Students submit a written thesis and deliver a public oral presentation of their work. 

 

In order to better guide students through this process, the Honors Thesis Syllabus outlines many responsibilities, deadlines, and guidelines.

 

Download here: HON 4950 Senior Honors Thesis Spring 2021 Syllabus

AACU Rubrics

By the end of your time in the Honors Thesis Seminar, you should become familiar with and select 2-4 of the AAC&U Value Rubrics that you determine might be useful to help guide your thesis project. The rubrics you select for your project should speak to the content and/or process of your particular thesis project.

Once you have made an initial review and pre-selection of the rubrics, you should invite your thesis advisor to discuss the rubrics with you to decide if they are a good fit, and which would be best if you need to narrow your selection.

In addition to the content rubrics selected for each individual project, all students in the course will be evaluated according to both the Written Communication and the Oral Communication rubrics.

Download here: AACU Rubrics

CAVEA Presentation Template

The Senior Honors Thesis is held in the Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis, or CAVEA. Located on the Auraria Campus on the fourth floor of MSU Denver’s Jordan Student Success Building, CAVEA serves clients across for-profit, not-for-profit, government, military, and education sectors.

 

To help create a presentation that utilizes the resources of the CAVEA to their fullest, we have provided a presentation template for students in the Honors Thesis course.

 

Download here: CAVEA Presentation Template

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