A student with 3.0 QPR at the end of three years of collegiate study, and of 3.2 in a major concentration may write an Honors Thesis in order to graduate from SCSU with Departmental Honors.
- Students should select faculty advisors.
- The first semester, with permission of the Dean, students enroll in HON494 (Honors Prospectus). The HON 494 application form is due at the end of the add-drop period in the office of the appropriate dean. Once approved, the student receives a revised schedule adding three credits for Honors prospectus.
- The second semester, the student registers for HON 495, Departmental Honors, provided that the honors prospectus was accepted by the reader. The student registers for the 495 course with the permission of the chairperson of the University Honors Committee.
- Honors Prospectus
The Honors Prospectus is due in late October in the fall semester and in late March in the spring semester to be submitted to the chairperson of the UHTC. Most prospectuses are six to ten pages long, and contain a fairly complete description of the student's project, including background literature that forms the context of the study, a statement of purpose or hypotheses, methodology, the nature of the evidence to be used, the limits of the study, and its significance.
- Honors Thesis Research and Writing
The student should work steadily on research and writing in order to complete the thesis by the March or November deadline. The student should be urged to submit a complete draft to the University reader, second reader, and other readers about a month before the deadline in order to receive critical comments from them and be able to revise or correct the thesis as indicated.
- Thesis Defense
When the thesis is complete, the student distributes copies to the Examining Committee. The student should also deposit one copy of his/her thesis in Buley Library (Cataloging Department). The student is responsible for arranging a time and a place for the oral exam (approximately one hour long) before the Examining Committee.
List of Selected Honors Theses in Mathematics (since 2002)
|2011||Robert Benway||R. DeCesare||The significance of real-life connections in middle and high school mathematics classes|
|2011||Rachael Ivison||T. Bennett||Bezier curves: An investigation into mathematical curves and handwriting|
|2011||Danielle Krueger||R. DeCesare||The effects of early access algebra on students' attitudes towards mathematics|
|2010||Daniel Radil||J. Fields||A discussion of multinomial coefficients and their properties|
|2009||Cameron Bishop||J. Hong||Integral closure of ideals|
|2007||Melissa Harrigan||R. Mugno||Maximization of Profit : An application of the bootstrap and regression analysis|
|2003||Mihaela Facaianu||T. Bennett||The proportional plan and the electoral college. A new analysis of the electoral college using the Shapley-Shubik index.|
|2003||Jonathan Knickerbocker||J. Fields||Conditions for the existence of finite projective planes|
|2002||David Fried||J. Fields||Deconstructing polyominoes