The Honors College is committed to supporting students as they progress and complete their theses during this unique time. We encourage any student experiencing barriers at any stage of the thesis to reach out to an HC academic advisor.

Student questions: If you have additional questions not covered by the Stage 4 site or these FAQs, you should contact your HC academic advisor ([email protected] or 541-737-6400). 

Mentor questions: If your mentor has questions not covered in the guidelines or FAQs, they should contact the Interim HC Associate Dean ([email protected] or 541-737-6412).

 

How do I hold my Thesis Defense?

Can I host a public thesis defense?

My mentor and I have completed the HC Thesis Proposal, Agreement, and Timeline, but how do we sign it and submit it?

How do I submit my thesis poster and is there still a Thesis Fair?

How do I submit the final copy of the Thesis Submission Approval page if the HC office is closed?

With the COVID-19 restrictions I am not sure I can finish my thesis or they prevent me from proceeding as my mentor and I planned. What do I do?!

Will there be Stage 1 Workshops and HC Student & Faculty Mixers this term?

 

 

How do I hold my Thesis Defense?

This term all HC thesis defenses will be virtual and conducted using Zoom. Find a two-hour time slot that you and your committee are available.  It’s vital that you inform the HC of your defense through the HC Defense Notification. This will prompt the HC to send you the appropriate DocuSign paperwork for the defense (approval page, thesis assessment forms, etc.). It is ideal if the mentor ‘hosts’ or schedules the zoom meeting on zoom as they can create a breakout room that the student will go during the portion when the committee confers.

 

Can I host a public thesis defense?

HC Thesis Defenses can be public (anyone can attend) or private (only those you invite can attend.) If you select a public defense, your defense will be publicly visible on the HC event calendar on the HC website, but not publicly accessible.  The website would note “contact the presenting student for attendance information if you would like to attend.” We also caution you not to share the link on social media, but rather provide it to others on an individual basis.

 

My mentor and I have completed the HC Thesis Proposal, Agreement, and Timeline, but how do we sign it and submit it?

At this time you do not need a wet copy signature. Once you and your mentor have created, discussed, and approved of your HC Thesis Proposal, Agreement, and Timeline submit it to the Stage 3 website without signatures (unless you and/or your mentor have a mechanism for electronic/digital signatures). You and your mentor must still agree upon your proposal. Your proposal submission may include an email from your mentor stating their approval.

 

Hitting a barrier?  Please email an HC academic advisor if you are having any trouble completing your proposal – we are here to help and can assist you with the process.

 

How do I submit my thesis poster and is there still a Thesis Fair?

Students are required to create a poster presenting their thesis work.  This spring the posters will be displayed electronically via a virtual Thesis Poster Fair.  The deadline to register and submit your poster will be May 18th, with the fair will be held May 27-29.  Even if your thesis is still in progress on May 18th, you will create a poster sharing your thesis to that point. You can find registration information, resources, and requirements on the Stage 4 website.

 

How do I submit the final copy of the Thesis Submission Approval page if the HC office is closed?

The HC has implemented DocuSign for the Thesis Submission Approval Page.  This process is initiated when a student submits the HC Defense Notification. The HC will send further information about the submission process in response to this notification.

 

With the COVID-19 restrictions I am not sure I can finish my thesis or they prevent me from proceeding as my mentor and I planned. What do I do?!

If you are experiencing any barriers in the completion of your thesis please let the HC know by filling out this very short survey.  The entire HC staff is here to help.  We are happy to offer support for you and your mentor to determine how to finish a thesis, even if that means working with the literature review and procedures you have completed, getting information on completing the thesis remotely, adjusting the scope of the thesis, or changing the thesis timeline. 

 

Will there be Stage 1 Workshops and HC Student & Faculty Mixers this term?

Yes!  We will be holding remote workshops and mixers.  You can find full details about the Stage 1 workshops on the Stage 1 website.  The HC Student & Faculty mixers dates and information will be posted to the Stage 2 website and Monday Message as they are scheduled.