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Thesis

Deadlines for the Honors Thesis:

The Honors Program is initiating a number of new procedures and deadlines intended to enhance the completion of the Honors Thesis in a timely manner.

  1. Students must enroll in HONR 3187 Honors Seminar–Problems in Honors Independent Study in the final semester of their sophomore year or the beginning of their junior year. HONR 3187 is a 1-hour credit course which covers the Honors Thesis Proposal. The Honors Thesis Proposal is 3-5 pages in which students succinctly define the nature of their project, the principle issue or problem, some indication of the existing research on it, the major subtopics, appropriate methods of research and writing, and an introductory list of sources or bibliography. Upon enrollment in this course, students must arrange to meet with the GHP Director for orientation and instruction on the thesis process. Students enrolled in HONR 3187 in the Fall semester must submit their final Honors Thesis Proposal by TBA; students enrolled in the Spring semester must submit their final Honors Thesis Proposal by April 23, 2012.
  2. Once enrolled in HONR 3187, students are required to formulate a committee of at least three faculty members: Two of whom will serve as faculty advisors and one will serve as chair. Students must identify a chair for their thesis committee as early as possible and convey this information to the GHP Director.
  3. Students may not take HONR 3387 Honors Independent Study I and HONR 4387 Honors Independent Study II in the same semester. Few exceptions to this rule will be allowed. Any and all exceptions will require special dispensation from the GHP Director. Ideally, students will take HONR 3387 in the first semester of their senior year and HONR 4387 in the last semester of their senior year. However, students will have the option of completing the Honors Thesis Oral Presentation/Defense prior to their senior year. In order to meet these deadlines, students will need to be advised in a timely manner and must construct their schedules accordingly. Upon enrollment in these courses, students must arrange to meet with the GHP Director and their Honors Thesis Committee Members for orientation and instruction.
  4. Students who intend to graduate in the Fall semester of 2012 must complete the Honors Thesis Oral Presentation/Defense by Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Students who intend to graduate in the Spring semester of 2013 must complete the Honors Thesis Oral Presentation/Defense by TBA. There will be no exceptions to these deadlines.
  5. Students are required to take HONR 2387 Honors Humanities I and HONR 2388 Honors Humanities II prior to enrolling in any of the upper level Honors Thesis courses.
  6. Students who do not complete 3187, 3387, and/or 4387 will receive an "S" (Satisfactory Progress) grade until they complete the course. Students will automatically receive an "S" grade for 3387 until they have completed their thesis. "S" grades will not affect students' grade point average or scholarship eligibility.

Students must be made aware that research is a serious matter and needs sufficient time and attention to be completed in a satisfactory manner.

Previous Theses:

  • Garcia, Isabella. (2008). Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Optically Active Novel Anticancer ß-Lactans. Chair: Bimal Banki, Ph.D.
  • Garcia, Joshua. (2008). Novel Synthetic to Lamisil, an Antifungal Agent. Chair: Narayan Bhat, Ph.D.
  • Garza, Emily S. (2008). Mechanism of the Adenylation Reaction in Valyl-tRNA Synthetase. Chair: Mark Cunningham, Ph.D.
  • Johnson, Sharwanda M. (2008). Customer Relationship Management Effects Service Firms. Chair: William Thompson, Ph.D.
  • Nasir, Unam. (2008). Possible Use of Pheromones and Responses to Stimulatory Compounds in Lepidopa Crabs. Chair : Zen Faulkes, Ph.D.
  • Orjuela, Wilmer P. (2008). Etiological Study of Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate Cases in Hidalgo County (1999-2007). Chair: Matthew Terry, Ph.D.
  • Patel, Roshni. (2008). Restriction Mapping of a Naturally Occurring Heavy Metal Tolerance Plasmid from the Laguna Madre in Southeast Texas Chair: Kristine L. Lowe, Ph.D.
  • Rodriguez, Crystal. (2009). Investigating the Relationship between Self-Efficacy and Suicide Intervention Skill. Chair: Kristin Croyle, Ph.D.
  • Rubenstein, Tiffany L. (2008). Identification of the cnr Gene Cluster in Heavy Metal resistant Bacteria Isolated from the Laguna Madre. Chair: Kristine L. Lowe, Ph.D.
  • Trevino, Rafael M. (2008). Effects of pH and Temperature on Streptomyces' Inhibition. Chair: Anita Davelos  Baines, Ph.D.