Thesis Process

Thesis Schedule for Spring 2017

Please address any questions to thesis@wellesley.edu.
 
Friday, February 10 Departments and programs approve all students continuing from 360 to 370. All thesis registration will be handled by the Office of the Registrar.
Friday, March 17 Departments confirm names of students standing for honors in their department, based on a list provided by Registrar's Office to Chair.
Friday, April 7

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

Follow the link to more information about the Procedure for Selecting Honors Visitors.

Friday, April 21
Noon
Students must submit the thesis document electronically to the College's Repository.  Students must also email an electronic copy to all oral examination committee members and provide paper copies as requested. An example of what the title page should look like can be found here.
Friday, April 21
Noon
Embargo request deadline. Students requesting an embargo must complete the embargo request form.

Friday, May 5
Monday, May 8

Oral examinations normally scheduled for these two business days of the Reading Period.
Friday, May 12

Honors visitor (representing CCAP) must report on results of committee decision to grant honors using this form.

Friday, May 12 Departments submit list of students earning honors by examination to the Registrar.
Tuesday, May 9-
Monday, May 22

In cases where revisions were required by the oral examination committee, student must submit a final edited copy to the College's Repository. Revisions may be submitted during this date range. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thesis Schedule - General

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

February
  • Departments and programs approve all students continuing from 360 to 370. All thesis registration will be handled by the Office of the Registrar.
March
  • The names of tenured faculty members will be posted as a reference for students.
  • By the due date in March, 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.
April
  • In 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 must also email an electronic copy to all oral examination committee members and provide paper copies as requested. The version that is submitted for this deadline is considered final (unless revisions are required by the oral examination committee). 
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 by the oral examination committee to make revisions will submit a final electronic copy of the thesis into the Repository by the deadline in late May. Do not submit revisions without having been required to do so. 

 

Thesis Responsibilities

Student: 
  • nominating the honors visitor in consultation with her honors advisor
  • submitting the names (and email address if outside Wellesley) of all members of the thesis examining committee through the form
  • submitting an electronic version of the thesis to the College's Repository no later than the final submission deadline
  • emailing an electronic version of the thesis to all oral examination committee members
  • providing paper copies of thesis as requested by her committee members
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 are pursuing honors by examination

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(s) 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.