Thesis Process

Thesis Schedule for Spring 2014 - revised April 17, 2014
April 18   Departments confirm names of students standing for honors in their department, based on a list provided by Registrar's Office to Chair.
April 17   Thesis submission process information session in the Computing Classroom on the first floor of Clapp Library, from 4:30-5:30. Come ask questions about the electronic submission process, embargoes, & the institutional repository.
April 21  

Students must submit thesis reviewers through the form with a clear indication of which role each faculty member will serve:

  1. honors advisor
  2. honors visitor
  3. department chair or Chair's designee
  4. additional member of the department
     
April 25
Noon
  Students must submit the thesis document electronically to the College's repository.  Students must also submit any paper copies needed to their department for distribution to oral examination committee members.
April 25
Noon
  Embargo request deadline.  Read the policy information section outlined here.
April 29   Electronic repository will distribute copies of thesis to all honors examining committee members.
May 12 - May 13   Oral examinations normally scheduled for these two days.
May 14   Honors visitor (representing CCAP) must report on results of committee decision to grant honors using this form.

 

Thesis Schedule

Below you'll find a general schedule for a spring thesis process.

February

  • Departments and programs should approve all students continuing from 360 to 370. All thesis registration will be handled by the Office of the Registrar's. Department chairs/program directors should send a list of student names, id numbers and the names of 370 advisors to the Office of the Registrar's email account.
     

March

  • The names of tenured faculty members will be posted.


April

  • By the first week in April, department chairs/program directors submit the names of all students standing for honors, including students pursuing alternate routes to departmental honors, as mandated by the Articles of Government.  A list of registered 370 students will be sent to chairs, program directors and administrative assistants for verification.
  • By mid-April, the names (and email address, if non-Wellesley) of all members of the student’s thesis examining committee and honors visitor must be submitted by the student through the form.
  • By Noon on thesis due date in April, a PDF of the thesis must be submitted to the electronic repository.  Students also provide sufficient hard copies of thesis to accommodate needs of oral examination committee members.
  • Members of the student’s thesis examining committee will each receive an electronic copy of the thesis from the electronic repository.


May

  • Oral exams are normally scheduled during business days of the reading period.
  • After the oral exam is complete, the visitor is responsible for completing the electronic "Report of Honors Work" form.
  • Students required to make final edits will submit a final electronic copy of the thesis into the repository by mid to late May.
Thesis Responsibilities

Student: 

  • provide hard copy thesis as determined by her committee members
  • nominating the honors visitor in consultation with her honors advisor
  • submitting the names (and address if outside Wellesley) of all members of the thesis examining committee through the form
  • submitting a PDF of the thesis to the College's repository on the due date

Advisor:

  • assisting the student in identifying an honors visitor
  • scheduling the date, time and place of the oral examination

Honors Visitors:

  • completing the "Report of Honors Work" form and submitting it electronically

Department Chair or Admininistrative Assistant:

  • confirming the names of all students standing for honors in the department, including students who might be pursuing honors via alternate routes.
Procedure for Selecting Honors Visitors

The honors student, in consultation with the honors advisor, will ask one tenured faculty member from outside the student's major department or program to serve as the honors visitor representing the CCAP.  For interdepartmental theses, the visitor should not reside in the same department/program as the advisor of the honors thesis.  A list of tenured faculty members will be posted here in March.

The honors advisor will continue to be responsible for scheduling the honors oral exam at a time convenient for both the student and the entire examining committee during reading period.

This document is only a partial guide to the Honors process. For a full description, see Articles of Government, Book II, Article IV, Section 2.

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