Senior Honors Thesis on the Marion Campus

 

Completion of a senior honors thesis is a requirement for graduation with honors from the Ohio State Marion Campus. Thesis research presents students with an opportunity to experience the creative and structured processes that are fundamental to research-universities such as The Ohio State University. With the guidance of a thesis advisor and a thesis committee, students explore academic topics of their most passionate interests and engage in the process of discovery. The research conducted should synthesize and build upon existing scholarship to further the discipline's understanding of the subject. 

Those students who complete the honors program at Ohio State Marion with a completed senior honors thesis will graduate with “Honors Research Distinction in [their field]” (e.g., Honors Research Distinction in Psychology).


 

Eligibility

  • Students must be meeting the honors program course requirements
  • Students must be meeting the honors GPA requirements (GPA of 3.4)
  • Note: The non-honors thesis option is available to students who are not in the honors program, but who have a GPA of at least 3.0.  Those students who complete the honors program at Ohio State Marion with a completed senior honors thesis will graduate with “Research Distinction in [their field]” (e.g., Research Distinction in Psychology).  Please contact Honors Director for more information.

Requirements

  • It is the student’s responsibility to secure a tenure-track faculty member to serve as his/her project advisor. This needs to occur before start of the project.
  • Students must enroll in the appropriate honors research courses:
    • Under Quarters: 6 research thesis (quarter) credits using the course number 783H
    • Under Semesters: at least 4 honors research thesis (semester) credits using the course number 4999H
  • Upon starting the thesis, students must submit an Honors Thesis Application that is signed by faculty project advisor. Application must be approved by college before work is to be done.
  • Standards for the written paper will be determined by the academic unit.
  • A satisfactory oral defense of the thesis is required. Defense will last one hour and will be evaluated by a committee of three faculty members including one tenure-track faculty member from another department.
  • Thesis committee chair (project advisor) will submit a written document confirming the successful defense of the thesis to the honors office.
  • Students will submit their honors theses electronically to the Knowledge Bank.

Financial Support

The Wm. Kay Davis Research Award is provided to students conducting a senior research or thesis project. The $500 stipend is awarded competitively to students who have secured a research mentor and have made progress in the development of their thesis. 

For more information

To obtain the Honors Thesis Application or the Wm. Kay Davis Research Award Application please contact Dr. Christopher Daddis (daddis.1@osu.edu; (740) 725-6109).